CROATIA GETS A FRIENDLY WIN OVER ARGENTINA
Next summer, the European is going to face Brazil while the South American has to meet the national team of Serbia and Montenegro in the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, so Croatia and Argentina had decided to play together as an international friendly match at St Jakob Park, Switzerland on the 1st of March, when almost World Cup contenders held the friendlies all over the world. I appreciate tv-asahi to give me the game at Basel that was one of the best matchup this day, not related to the fact that Japan will achieve the second encounter with Croatia since France '98.
Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri's mistake to catch the ball from Croatian skipper Niko Kranjcar allowed the Europeans a lucky opener by striker Ivan Klasnic. Despite absence of Juan Pablo Sorin, Argentina's dangerous attackers, skipper Juan Roman Riquelme behind Carlos Tevez, Hernan Crespo and Lionel Messi were active. 3 minutes after Klasnic's goal, balls from the right side Messi found the target twice when the South Americans succeeded to turn the table thanks to Tevez and Messi's goalscoring.
Into the 2nd, Croatia began to create chances from the left side to caputure right sideback Fabricio Coloccini. It was vivid moment when striker Dado Prso found Darijo Srna's header running forward the right side of Argentina's goalmouth and Croatia showed the team strength. And it was dramatic night for the checks of red and white. The ball from the corner deflected by defenceman Dario Simic's back was settled past Abbondanzieri into the net.
Hrvatska had gone through the big country. Their performances to play never amazed us Japanease but the confidence they acquired this night might become the threat for Zico's men on the pitch of Nuremberg in the Group-F match on the 18th of June.
FIFA International Friendly
at Basel, Switzerland (1 Mar)
Argentina 2-3 Croatia