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Soccer: Croatia Goes to Brazil

Croatian fans came to the Croatian Centre Calgary to cheer Croatian football team, because they never lost hope that Croatia will go to Brazil.

See a few pictures that we took.

CBC Sports writes

Ten-man Croatia qualified for the World Cup with a 2-0 win on Tuesday that quashed Iceland’s hopes of reaching football’s showpiece tournament for the first time.
Striker Dario Mandzukic scored the opener in the 22nd minute but was given a red card nine minutes later for a reckless tackle and left Croatia with 10 men for the remainder of the match. But the home team maintained its attacking dominance and Darijo Srna made it 2-0 in the 47th.
The defeat ended Iceland’s bid to become the smallest nation — in terms of population — to reach the World Cup finals. Croatia, a semifinalist in 1998, qualified for its fourth World Cup since becoming an independent state in 1991.
“Croatia deserved to win,” Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson said. “It was the better team, especially today, and there is no doubt it deserves to go to Brazil. We felt it might go better for us after Mandzukic was sent off, but we did not get any space on the pitch.”

Hrvatska ide na Svjetsko prvenstvo u Brazil!

Evo Što piše Sportski.Net

Bila je to utakmica iz snova. Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija je u grotlu Maksimira pobijedila Island s 2:0 i izborila svjetsko prvenstvo u Brazilu sljedećeg ljeta. Vatreni su svojom borbenošću i igrom ponovno osvojili srca navijača, a neke od akcija i poteza te večeri bacili su naciju u trans. Po prilikama, trebalo je biti 5:0.

Novi hrvatski izbornik Niko Kovač izvrsno je odradio svoju zadaću. Hrvatska je nakon dugo vremena odigrala odličnu utakmicu s kojom su mogli biti zadovoljni i navijači i nogometni eksperti, pa čak i oni najveći kritičari. Iako je Hrvatska od 38. minute igrala bez isključenog Marija Mandžukića, Islanđani su u Maksimiru igrali sasvim podređenu ulogu, te praktički nisu stvorili niti jednu veću priliku za gol, dok su ih ‘kockasti’ kreirali pregršt, te su prema prikazanoj igri zaslužili i znatno uvjerljiviju pobjedu.

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