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Croatia close in on ticket to Russia 2018 as they fire four and ease past Greece

The game finished 4-1 in Zagreb.

Modric hit the opening goal.
Modric hit the opening goal.
Image: Darko Bandic

CROATIA CRUISED TO a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, with Nikola Kalinic flicking in a second just six minutes later.

Centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave the visitors hope on the half-hour mark, but Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic powered in a close-range header before the interval and Andrej Kramaric wrapped up a comfortable win for Ante Cacic’s side.

Croatia, who finished a disappointing second in Group 1 behind Iceland, are looking to qualify for their fifth World Cup since 1998.

– © AFP 2017

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