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Monday, June 09, 2008

Euro 2008: Croatia Wins over Austria in the Group B Opening Match

Croatia got off to a good star in Euro 2008 today as they defeated co-hosts Austria in their tournament opener. With Austria vs Croatia match, Euro 2008 kicked off in Austria today after the tournament had officially got underway yesterday at the St. Jakob-Park, Basel in Switzerland. Thanks to the 4th minute penalty goal from Luka Modric Croatia clinched full three points from their first match. After Ivica Olic was illegally challenged by Rene Aufhauser, Croatia was awarded the penalty and Luka Modric successfully sent the Austria goal keeper Juergen Macho wrong way to score the first goal of Croatia in Euro 2008.
It was the first match of Group B and with this victory Croatia has gone a bit closure to win the quarter final ticket from this group. On the other hand, home crowed got disheartened as Austria failed to avoid the defeat. Actually, Austria missed a number of good chances in the match due to lack of proper execution as well as excellent goal keeping from Croatia goal keeper who helped his side keep a clean sheet. Austria will face Germany and Poland in the next two matches. So, it would not be easy for the co-hosts to bounce back and win one of the first two places of the group.

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