Euro 2008 LogoCroatia got past England, 2-0, in their Euro 2008 qualification match! Croatia (for) now sits at the top of its group (remember that the 2 first teams in each group automatically qualify for Euro 2008). Croatia worked hard for the win (even if the second goal was an English own goal) and is definitively a much better team than the one for World Cup 2006 (just a few months ago). I’m really happy with the outcome and how the team has played so far in qualifications matches.

Bilic is showing he’s got what it takes to be the national team’s manager. As for England, a lot of criticism will be leveled against their manager and coaching staff but I have one comment: What happened to the team that showed true grit in the face of adversity during the World Cup 2006 quarter-final match against Portugal, even playing a man down and getting all the way to penalties? That was a team I respected and admired. That team did not show up for the game… I wonder if the English players forgot the concept of playing as a team. Meanwhile, the Croatian players have figured that out.

Links to articles about the game:
CNNBBC SportsThe Daily (in Croatian) – (in Croatian)

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