POLAND SEES OFF CROATIA IN WC STYLE
It was some more days to the World Cup. FIFA World Cup Germany finalists, Croatia and Poland met at Wolfsburg, Germany, to play each other in the World Cup Style. But it was done just during the 1st half. Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar made some players replaced in the start of the 2nd. Three players, Dario Srna, who hit a long range shot from the right to the crossbar at end of the 1st, Niko Kranjcar and Ivica Olic, who entered the game for Dado Prso with a pair of striker Ivan Klasnic, were substituted by Ivan Leko, Ivan Bosnjak and Marian Buhat, who is not named the World Cup player. Many times was repeated substitutions for both sides after Ebi Smolarek's header from the corner gave Poland a lead midway throgh the 2nd half.
Luka Modric was energetic enough to carry it forward in the starting point but after standing behind two strikers for Kranjcar into the 2nd, he didn't become as brightly as in the 1st. Croatia failed scoring chances despite defeating Polish defencemen by the high-ball strategy. After watching the TV, I considered that it was very game like the World Cup because there were little fantagic plays near the box while they adhered to a victory to keep their slight lead. It's boring, but this is the World Cup.
Poland will face Ecuador in the first Group A match on June 9, while Croatia has more warm-up game against Spain before meeting Brazil in the Group F match on June 13.
FIFA International Friendly
at Wolfsburg, Germany (3 Jun)
Poland 1-0 Croatia