FT: Croatia 2 Wales 0

FULL TIME. Croatia 2 Wales 0.

Church's ball from the byline nearly catches Pletikosa off guard but the keeper recovers well. Straight up the other end, Mandzukic sets forward and drives a good shot at goal which is collected by Price.

Ledley gives Bale everything to do with a ball down the left. You have to feel for Bale, he's been head and shoulders the best Wales player by some way tonight.

Bale steps up and fires at the near post with Pletikosa showing good handling to gather the ball splendidly.

Four minutes of added time to be played.

Simunic makes the tackle on Allen, but it's a poor one and it gives Wales a free-kick roughly 20 yards from goal.

Bale makes a run that is simply world class. He runs upwards of 50 yards before firing at goal, with Pletikosa parrying into Church's path who can only fire over on the half volley.

Davies looks to keep the ball alive at the byline, but the momentum of Bale's ball is against him and he can do nothing but watch the ball run out for a goal kick.

The impressive Perisic is the man replaced with the blonde locks of Vida taking his place.

Kranjcar battles with Blake and wins his team a throw-in as the hosts prepare to make another substiution.

After a succession of dummies, Srna is the man in the box to fire a shot away but it's wide of Price's left hand post.

Croatia could have scored a marvellous goal. Interplay between Modric and Perisic results in the former blasting across the goal, the midfielder incredibly unlucky not to find the net.

Church takes a tumble under Strinic, and then takes the ball to the head from Gunter's clearance. A rough five seconds to say the least for the striker.

Davies bombs forward but a loose pass from Ledley ends a promising run down the left. Fair play to Wales, they're battling incredibly hard at the moment.

Vokes ends up penalising Mandzukic from the corner, and with that Kranjcar arrives for Eduardo.

Bale dispossesses Ratikic, with an attack eventually forming for Wales. Vokes can't find his feet to shoot but does well to win his side a corner.

A wonderful cross from Perisic again - as Mandzukic arrives at the back post to meet it but ends up heading straight at Price.

Incredible scenes! Modric nutmegs Gunter before taking aim, with WIlliams blocking. A goalmouth scramble ensures, with Price making two desperate saves before Wales eventually clear!

King is withdrawn for Wales with Vokes the man replacing him.

Bales and Allen carve away forward, but a heavy touch from Churhc forces Allen wide, before his delivery is eventually cleared by Schildenfeld.

Srna teases the ball into the box with a defence-splitting cross - with Williams recovering brilliantly to steer it into the path of Price.

Davies defends well under pressure from Rakitic, and in his persistence to win the ball back, the Croat ends up fouling Williams.

Perhaps a big moment for Wales, as Allen delivers with Church heading straight into Pletikosa's arms. Some around the ground thought it was in but it will just go down as a good chance for the visitors.

Srna heads away Allen's ball behind goal and Wales have a corner which delivery specialist Allen will take.

A well-worked corner from Perisic falls to Modric, who goes for the spectacular but fires well wide. Wales are looking tired defensively, and you wouldn't rule out a few more Croatia goals at this rate.

Srna, who has had a terrific game, earns a corner after his cross from the right deflects off Blake.

Bale is completely hacked down by Badelj with no free-kick given. Quite an incredible decision from the referee really.

The Croatia fans break into a wave as they clearly remain happy with the night's events so far. Their team attack again with Modric, who plays in Eduardo, with Price again making a save from the striker.

Williams beats Rakitic to Perisic's cross, with Gunter then sweeping off by nodding the ball back to Price.

Church enters the fray for Wales, with the ineffective Morison taken off.

Bale clatters into Badelj during a promising run, and the Croatia man has stayed down as he awaits treatment.

They've finally got it. An outswinging corner originally finds the head of Modric, with Blake clearing off the line, but Eduardo pounces from close range to surely wrap up the points.


What a save! Price makes a terrific stop after Rakitic darted in behind Wales' defence. It looked destined for 2-0 after schoolboy defending from Wales, but Price denies him superbly.

Modric again comes close, after more sterling work from Perisic, but his shot comes off a Wales defender and the attack is over again for now.

Price just about keeps out Perisic's drive, but it lands at Eduardo's feet and Blake is forced into a brilliant chance to prevent the striker capitalising. Risky stuff once more from the Wales defence.

Modric pulls the strings to move Croatia forward, with Gunter cutting him off after a scintillating charge down the left.

Perisic goes for glory but ends up firing some way over as Wales continue to hold on to this narrow deficit for now.

Yellow card for Gunter who cynically tugs down Perisic, conceding a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area.

That man Perisic is there again but he heads agonisingly wide from the corner.

Price inexplicably hoofs the ball straight into the path of Modric. The midfielder looks for Perisic, whose shot again cannons off Gunter but this time goes for a corner.

Perisic makes a storming run down the left, with Gunter powerless to resist as the defender ends up catching the cross and incredibly deflecting it into Price's arms.

Up the other end now and a faily good chance for Wales. Bale's free-kick from the right is flicked on by Williams but the effort lands wide of goal.

Great chance for Croatia! Modric fires the ball across goal but a fortunate touch from Eduardo takes the ball over the top as Wales get a tad lucky.

There was a change made by Croatia at the break as Lovren was withdrawn for Schildenfeld.

Wales kick off the second half.

A rather depressed Robbie Williams writes: "I couldn't watch anymore after the goal went in. Welsh strikers might aswell sit and watch it in the stands. If Croatia get another one, the flood gates will open." Stay positive Robbie it could all turn out brilliantly! I'd turn the TV off if Croatia get a second though.

Sky Bet have some price boosts avaliable at the break. Gareth Bale to be next goalscorer is 14/1 while Croatia to win 2-1 is 11/1.

A defensive collapse presented Croatia with the only in a half that they completely bossed. Can Wales produced a sensational comeback? Send your thoughts to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com

HALF TIME. Croatia 1 Wales 0.

Eduardo comes close once more, this time from a trickier chance as he curls an effort at goal from just inside the box which narrowly flies over.]

Srna's influencing is ascending with every minute. He first skips past Davies before whipping in a beautiful cross that is cleared strongly in the end by Gunter.

Vaughan looks to set Wales forward but a smart tackle from Modric prevents the move from generating any momentum.

Eduardo cuts straight through the heart of Wales, the striker looking for Mandzukic who is blocked off by Blake. Croatia's second is surely imminent here.

Incredible scenes. Eduardo is blocked from close range, before Perisic is denied by a diving save by Price at the near post. Wales are living on the proverbial knife-edge here.

Williams is unhappy after a collision with Mandzukic results in a Croatia free-kick, but he makes amends by clearing behind goal from Srna's teasing delivery.

Perisic collects for Croatia, as the hosts patiently probe, before Strinic's cross is headed clear by Williams. Eventually, Wales win a reprieve as Ratikic fouls Blake.

Allen is dispossessed too easilty by Ratikic, and Croatia come inches away from a second as Madzukic's knock down into the box is nudged behind goal by Eduardo.

Bale delivers but Lovren heads away superbly. Eduardo picks the ball up hoping to break, but a poor cross ends up landing out of play for a Wales goal kick.

Morison hussles Simunic and his enthusiasm ends up winning a free-kick for Wales down the right side.

Gunter earns a free-kick but Wales can't make progress forward as they pass back to defence. They do get forward with Ledley in the end though until Srna intercepts.

Modric's class is on display once more as he turns away from Blake, before Strinic crosses in from the right and Eduardo incredibly misses contact when it seemed easier to head into the net.

Mandzukic threatens again but a poor touch from the striker allows Williams to recover, with Price smothering the ball well.

As Wales look to respond quickly, Srna ends up making a similar error but Pletikosa reacts quickly to clear with power.

It's heartbreaking for Wales. Williams' pass back to Price gets stuck in the mud, before Lewis' clearance hist Mandzukic, leaving the striker with an empty net to convert into.


Croatia win a corner - after Eduardo's pass to Rakitic results in a solid piece of defending from Davies.

Bale's delivery is tentatively tipped away by Pletikosa, who does enough in the end to allow Srna to sweep up.

Badeij unleashes a thunderbolt from range, forcing a terrific diving save from Price. Moments after, Bale charges down the right and draws the foul from Lovren.

A rare mistake from Modric gifts Wales possession but Allen's poor touch ends the opportunity for a counter attack..

Srna shows terrific sportsmanship to knock the ball out of play as Davies picks up a knock - the second time in the match Croatia have displayed terrific character.

Perisic initially shows superb skill to control Strinic's pass, but his ball across goal is poor and forces Srna to divert his run to retrieve it.

Good chance for Wales! Bale cuts across Perisic and unleashes a swerving drive that narrowly drags away from the far post. The first real chance for the visitors so far.

Strinic combines with Modric beautifully, before weaving his way into the box where strong defending from Gunter is enough to nudge him off the ball.

Price's hands are tested once more as an impressive move from the hosts ends with Rakitic firing but the Wales goalkeeping saving comfortably.

Srna takes one heck of a risk in turning past Ledley, but in the end he does superbly to play himself out of a tricky spot.

Rakitic appeared to have fouled Allen but no foul is given. Croatia break with the winger looking for Eduardio before Gunter heads clear.

Fantastic move from Croatia. Modric is played in before going down under Williams. Fair play to Modric, he claims he fell rather than being pushed and the referee makes the right decision in waving play on.

Davies shows incredible composure to play past Rakitic, but as Wales lose possession, Williams is forced to sprint back to prevent Eduardo breaking.

Bale collects the ball for the first time, with good defending from Strinic and Perisic enough to cut off the winger's run and concede a throw-in.

Modric shows divine skill, playing a lovely backheel to find Strinic. Having picked up the ball again, he spreads play to Rakitic, who is hounded down well by Vaughan to push back Croatia's attack.

Srna goes for goal from the free-kick, forcing Price into a solid save that prevents the ball creeping in at the back post.

Strinic delivers from the right, resulting in a battle for possession which finds Vaughan foul Srna and concede a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

A ball from Strinic finds Rakitic, who drives from the edge of the box as a cluster of bodies get in the way. Moments later, Eduardo goes for goal but the poor turf guides his shot into Price's arms.

Croatia's corner, taken by Srna, is hoofed away but Wales can't get out of their half as the hosts continue to assert dominance.

A Srna free-kick is cleared away by Blake, with Croatia piling on the pressure in these early exchanges.

Wales, still yet to really retain any possession, find themselves in danger once more as Mandzukic is played in before Gunter slides in to make the tackle.

Williams heads away Badeij's delivery straight into the back of Gunter. Fortunately for Wales, it falls into Williams' path once more and he's able to clear properly.

Croatia make a good start as Perisic forces Williams into an early clearance after making good progress down the right.

Croatia get the game underway.

Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (Romania).

Wales: Price, Williams, Ben Davies, Gunter, Blake, Edwards, Vaughan, Bale, Allen, Ledley, Morison. Subs: Ramsey, King, Richards, Craig Davies, Robson-Kanu, Wilson, Brown, Fon Williams, Ricketts, Vokes, Church.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Strinic, Simunic, Lovren, Srna, Badelj, Perisic, Rakitic, Modric, Mandzukic, Eduardo. Subs: Subasic, Kresic, Vida, Schildenfeld, Radosevic, Pamic, Jelavic, Kalinic, Vukojevic, Sammir, Corluka.

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Gabriel Sutton writes: "That late winner against Scotland will have given the Welsh at least something to cling onto, to make their games this campaign be of any significance. I think Coleman's Wales are still in transition and need a bit of stability, they will make a fight of this but I'm saying a Modric-inspired Croatia will win 1-0."

Good evening everybody and welcome to the Stadium Gradski for the World Cup qualifying Group A clash between Croatia and Wales. Stay tuned here for the teams, meanwhile though if you'd like to drop me a line with your thoughts on the game you can e-mail jack.woodfield@bskyb.com

Kick-off is 1900 BST.


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