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Kosovo lose first competitive home game – in Albania

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Mario Mandzukic

Kosovo lost 6-0 to Croatia in their first competitive home fixture, which was played in neighbouring Albania.

The 2018 World Cup qualifier could not be held in Kosovo because of a lack of infrastructure, but thousands of fans made the trip to Shkoder.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored a first-half hat-trick for Croatia, who are top of qualifying Group I.

Matej Mitrovic, Ivan Perisic and Nikola Kalinic scored in the second half to leave Kosovo bottom of the group.

Governing bodies Uefa and Fifa admitted Kosovo as a member in May, and in September they drew their first competitive fixture 1-1 in Finland.

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Line-ups

Kosovo

  • 1Ujkani
  • 2Perdedaj
  • 6Pepa
  • 4Pnishi
  • 19Paqarada
  • 7Rashica
  • 20Kryeziu
  • 14Berisha
  • 23BerishaBooked at 19minsSubstituted forHalimiat 58′minutes
  • 15ZeneliSubstituted forShalaat 77′minutes
  • 9CelinaSubstituted forBunjakuat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sulejmani
  • 5Kabashi
  • 8Halimi
  • 10Bunjaku
  • 11Shala
  • 12Nurkovic
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 16Hajdini
  • 17Meha
  • 18Muriqi
  • 21Zejnullahu
  • 22Bytyqi

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5CorlukaSubstituted forMitrovicat 45′minutes
  • 21Vida
  • 22Pivaric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 19Badelj
  • 8Kovacic
  • 4Perisic
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forRogat 71′minutes
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forKalinicat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Mitrovic
  • 7Antolic
  • 12Kalinic
  • 13Jedvaj
  • 14Cop
  • 15Rog
  • 16Kalinic
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán

Match Stats

Home TeamKosovoAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Kosovo 0, Croatia 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kosovo 0, Croatia 6.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 6. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt saved. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Besar Halimi (Kosovo).

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Milan Badelj (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Herolind Shala (Kosovo).

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.

Attempt saved. Herolind Shala (Kosovo) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Marko Rog (Croatia).

Besar Halimi (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Valon Berisha (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 5. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Albert Bunjaku (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Milot Rashica.

Attempt missed. Marko Rog (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nikola Kalinic following a fast break.

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Attempt blocked. Valon Berisha (Kosovo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leart Paqarada.

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leart Paqarada (Kosovo).

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Herolind Shala replaces Arber Zeneli.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Kosovo. Besar Halimi tries a through ball, but Albert Bunjaku is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Albert Bunjaku (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Matej Mitrovic (Croatia).

Besar Halimi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marko Rog replaces Andrej Kramaric.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Albert Bunjaku replaces Bersant Celina.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 4. Matej Mitrovic (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Fanol Perdedaj.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt blocked. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Domagoj Vida.

Attempt missed. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sime Vrsaljko.

Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alban Pnishi (Kosovo).

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Kosovo lose first competitive home game – in Albania

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