Witness the full replay and highlights of the intense showdown between Latvia and Croatia. It’s a must-see match from the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group D – Matchday 9. The action kicks off at 17:00 GMT on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The referee for this thrilling encounter is none other than Urs Schnyder from Switzerland, and the venue is the renowned Skonto in Riga. Don’t miss out on this epic clash!
Latvia vs Croatia Full Match Reports
Croatia notched a victory for the first time in three games, a crucial triumph propelling them to second place in Group A of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying with one match left, courtesy of a 2-0 win over the struggling Latvia.
Following consecutive defeats last month, Croatia urgently needed to reclaim a winning streak to secure a shot at an automatic spot in UEFA’s 2024 European Championships. The visitors seized a fantastic opportunity by opening the scoring within the first 10 minutes, as Luka Ivanušec found Lovro Majer inside the area, and the winger skillfully picked out the bottom corner, establishing a 1-0 lead.
Croatia’s relentless momentum persisted, and they extended their commanding lead when Andrej Kramarić exploited defensive lapses to make it 2-0, steering his team on course to replicate or surpass their previous 5-0 victory over Latvia.
The hosts faced an uphill battle in the second half, requiring a more productive performance, but they failed to register a shot on goal before the halftime whistle. Croatia maintained dominance in possession well into the second half, and Latvia finally mustered their first attempt just before the hour mark, with Andrejs Cigaņiks’s long-range effort narrowly missing the target.
Roberts Ozols showcased brilliance in goal, preventing a further setback for his side by expertly tipping a looping Josip Šutalo effort over the bar. With only pride at stake, Latvia struggled to pose real threats to the visitors throughout the game.
Late missed opportunities by Majer and Marco Pašalić spared Latvia from additional embarrassment, concluding the match with a 2-0 scoreline. The victory positions Croatia two points ahead of Wales after their draw against Armenia, leaving Latvia firmly anchored at the bottom with three points.
Man of the Match: Lovro Majer (Croatia).