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P. Kimpembe
Yellow Card
A. Kramarić
Penalty Goal
1 - 1
L. Sučić
L. Modrić
A. Rabiot
W. Ben Yedder
0 - 1
D. Vida
Yellow Card

Match Stats

48% 51%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 5
Total Passes 559 593
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Croatia CRO Croatia 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 W W W W D
2 Denmark DEN Denmark 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12 W L W L W
3 France FRA France 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 L W L D D
4 Austria AUT Austria 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4 L L L D L




Croatia can celebrate salvaging a draw against the world champions then, while France's slow start to their Nations League campaign continues. They're in an uphill battle already to retain their title. That's all for now. Goodbye!
France will be disappointed not to have hung on for the win here. Les Bleus have dropped five points from winning positions in the Nations League already this term. They need to tighten up if they're to retain the World Cup in December. They find themselves third in Group A1, five points behind Denmark who've won 1-0 in Austria. Croatia stay bottom on goal difference.
Croatia and France share the spoils in Split! This slow-burning game livened up in the second half once Rabiot's smart finish gave France the lead. Croatia didn't accept defeat, though, and got their just rewards late on as their substitute Kramaric earned and then converted a penalty. Both teams had chances to win this at the death, but a draw feels a fair result.
90' + 2' Sucic is caught offside as he tries to reach Pasalic's throughball. Seconds later, Sucic gets free in the box but can only drag his shot wide of the left-hand post! That might be Croatia's last chance to win this.
90' Digne intervenes to hand Croatia another corner. France manage to handle it. We've got four additional minutes of this.
88' Griezmann nearly seals a late victory for France! The Atletico Madrid forward capitalises on a Croatian defensive mistake, rounding the overeager Livakovic. He's got an empty net to aim at but finds himself too far wide, and his shot trickles just shy of the bottom right corner.
86' Croatia believe they can win this now! Shortly after Pasalic swipes at air outside the box, Vlasic fires left-footed towards the bottom right corner from a similar distance. Maignan dives low to prevent the substitute's effort from finding the net. Croatia get a corner.
P. Kimpembe
Yellow Card
84' Kimpembe's booked for a silly challenge on Sucic in his own half. France look rattled all of a sudden.
A. Kramarić
Penalty Goal
83' GOAL! CROATIA 1-1 FRANCE! Kramaric steps up, waits for Maignan to falter, and slots the ball calmly into the bottom left corner of the net! Croatia haven't been great here, but they do deserve to be level.
82' PENALTY FOR CROATIA! VAR's done checking things over, and the referee confirms his original decision! Watching it back, Clauss' challenge on Kramaric was clumsy at best. It's an easy decision for the officials to make in the end.
80' Should Croatia have a penalty?! Kramaric nips in front of Clauss in the box, cleverly drawing a challenge from his fellow substitute. Kramaric goes down and the referee points to the spot. VAR takes a long look at the incident...
J. Clauss
M. Diaby
79' France make another change of their own. Diaby goes off. Clauss comes on.
N. Vlašić
M. Kovačić
79' Kovacic is next to go off. Vlasic is his replacement for Croatia.
L. Sučić
L. Modrić
79' Croatia make another round of changes. Sucic replaces the evergreen Modric.
78' France have improved enough since half-time that they'll be confident of seeing this game out. Croatia are getting increasingly desperate.
76' Chance for France! Croatia muck around at the back and France pounce. Griezmann forces a decent save out of Livakovic at his near post.
74' Diaby's shot from outside the box is blocked. Croatia's latest attack is thwarted by the offside flag. Barisic is the offender.
72' France pass the ball around at the back for a while, attempting to slow the game down. Croatia are obviously keen to speed things up.
70' Maignan's called into action for France, pushing Modric's left-footed effort from distance aside. Croatia need to take more risks like that now.
A. Kramarić
A. Budimir
69' Here's that Croatia change. Kramaric replaces Budimir, who's worked hard with little to show for it.
67' Croatia are keeping things moving, but they're not troubling France's back line at all. They're about to make another change.
65' Both teams are still figuring each other out after that round of substitutions. This game is likely to stay tight.
M. Oršić
J. Brekalo
63' Brekalo is the next Croatia player to make way. Orsic takes his place on the pitch.
M. Pašalić
L. Majer
63' Croatia respond by making changes of their own. Off goes Majer. On comes Pasalic.
B. Kamara
A. Tchouaméni
62' France make the game's first substitution. Kamara replaces Tchouameni.
A. Griezmann
W. Ben Yedder
62' France upgrade their forward line. They bring on Griezmann for Ben Yedder, who's been quiet despite his part in the game's only goal.
60' Budimir drops to the edge of the box to lay off to the arriving Kovacic. France quickly shut the door.
58' Croatia are enjoying more of the ball so far in this second half. They're not doing anything particularly dangerous with it though.
56' Guendouzi's frustrated to give Croatia a free-kick by barging over Majer in the centre circle.
54' France have now scored in their last six Nations League away games. Deschamps' men always seem to be able to find the net, no matter the quality of their opposition.
W. Ben Yedder
52' Ben Yedder's hold-up play there was excellent, and Rabiot judged his run in behind perfectly. Croatia aren't playing badly at all, and yet they're behind.
A. Rabiot
52' GOAL! CROATIA 0-1 FRANCE! France score from nowhere! Rabiot races onto Ben Yedder's pass down the left and slots first-time past Livakovic with his left foot.
50' Brekalo gets down the left and plays the ball against a France defender. He thinks he's won a corner, but the offside flag goes up against him instead.
48' Nkunku reaches the edge of the box, only for Croatia to nick the ball. Majer finds Budimir with a cute left-footed cross from the right. The forward can't get his header on target though.
46' Majer clips Diaby as he looks to recover the ball in France's half. France gratefully accept the free-kick.
46' Croatia get the second half going. No changes at half-time.
That wasn't the greatest first half. Neither team has really started firing yet. France have been especially quiet, given they've had more of the ball. Ben Yedder had just eight touches.
A low-key first half comes to an end. Croatia started the stronger side, with Budimir in particular causing France issues. The world champions have eased into the game though, and had a decent chance saved by Livakovic just before half-time. More to come!
45' There'll be just one added minute at the end of this first half.
44' France force another two corners, the second one down their right. Diaby trots over to take it. Kimpembe nods it down in the box for his centre-back partner Saliba. Croatia get to the ball first and clear.
42' Juranovic hands France a corner. The Croatians survive it without much fuss. The Croatia fans are making a decent racket. Their team is holding France at bay.
40' Tchouameni's effort from outside the box is held by Livakovic. France are finally starting to up their game.
39' Croatia's right-back Juranovic gets forward and forces Maignan into claiming a cross at his near post. Up the other end, Diaby fires across Livakovic from the right of the box. The Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper tips the shot aside!
37' France pop the ball around in midfield before carelessly giving it away. Croatia are comfortably handling everything the French have to throw at them.
35' France haven't had a shot yet. Croatia have only had two. This isn't threatening to be a classic match, that's for sure.
33' Pavard tugs at Budimir to give a free-kick away. Kimpembe nods the delivery out for a corner, but Vida's offside anyway.
31' Nkunku puts the ball in Croatia's net courtesy of the left-hand post, but the offside flag goes up straight away. It's not a tight decision, so VAR doesn't get involved.
29' Neither team is making much headway at the moment. Croatia are doing their best to make life uncomfortable for France.
27' Croatia look to force the issue. Kimpembe holds off Modric and Brozovic catches Nkunku to hand France a free-kick and let the visitors escape their own half.
25' Croatia want a free-kick after two tackles on Kovacic and Budimir down the middle, but the referee isn't interested. France go up the other end and win a corner instead. It's cleared easily.
23' The free-kick's sent towards Tchouameni who can't keep the ball in play. France aren't finding things easy at the moment.
22' Nkunku is in some difficulty after Vida's crunching challenge caught his right leg. Thankfully, after some treatment, he's able to get to his feet.
D. Vida
Yellow Card
21' Vida picks up the game's first yellow card for a scything tackle on Nkunku from behind. That could easily have been a red if the referee were feeling less kind.
19' France survive Croatia's latest corner. The hosts aren't messing around through. They're not cowed by the world champions.
17' Budimir beats the offside trap and bears down on goal from the left. The Osasuna striker pulls the trigger, attempting to beat Maignan at his near post, but Kimpembe slides in to block, allowing Maignan to make a save! Croatia have a corner.
15' Croatia have had a few decent chances already and look like no mugs. Brekalo's cross from the left is overcooked.
13' Budimir causes trouble in France's box again, racing onto another throughball. He only has the onrushing Maignan to beat, but Saliba recovers to make an excellent interception and bring the attack to an end.
11' Diaby gets loose down the right, reaches the byline, and checks onto his left foot to float a cross into the six-yard box. The arriving Nkunku can't get his head to it, but France get a corner. The RB Leipzig man's delivery is cleared.
10' France earn a corner down their right. It ends up going out of play for a Croatia throw-in on the opposite side. Deschamps watches on impassively.
9' Contrary to pre-match reports, France are lined up in a rather old-school 4-4-2 formation. The world champions have camped themselves in Croatia's half but aren't getting any further towards goal at the moment.
7' Modric takes the corner short. The ball ends up with Majer, whose pass-cum-shot trickles harmlessly wide of goal.
5' Budimir latches onto a throughball down the middle and tries to bustle into the box. Kimpembe and Saliba combine to snuff the chance out, but Croatia still win the first corner of the game.
3' France have a bit of a shaky start as Maignan is forced to rush off his line to bail one of his defenders out of trouble. The home fans are already making themselves heard.
1' France get things underway here in Split!
The two teams are out on the pitch at Stadion Poljud. Croatia are wearing their famous red-and-white chequered home colours. France are in all blue.
France show the depth in their squad by naming almost an entirely different 11 to the one that started against Denmark. The likes of Lloris, Griezmann and Mbappe drop to the bench. Tchouameni is the only player to start again here.
Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic makes six changes to his team from their defeat to Austria. Livakovic, Barisic, Vida, Erlic, Modric and Budimir come in.
SUBS: Ibrahima Konate, Boubacar Kamara, Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris, Jonathan Clauss, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez, Jules Kounde, Alphonse Areola, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Theo Hernandez.
FRANCE (3-5-2): Mike Maignan; Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Presnel Kimpembe (c); Moussa Diaby, Aurelien Tchouameni, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Lucas Digne; Wissam Ben Yedder, Christopher Nkunku.
SUBS: Josip Sutalo, Kristijan Jakic, Luka Ivanusec, Andrej Kramaric, Luka Sucic, Mario Pasalic, Mislav Orsic, Marin Pongracic, Ivica Ivusic, Sime Vrsaljko, Nediljko Labrovic, Nikola Vlasic.
CROATIA (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Martin Erlic, Domagoj Vida, Borna Barisic; Luka Modric (c), Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic; Lovro Majer, Ante Budimir, Josip Brekalo.
Luckily for Croatia, France also aren't in the greatest of shape as Les Bleus slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Denmark in Paris a few days ago. Didier Deschamps' men remain favourites to win Group A1 and boast plenty of talent in their ranks, but they need to turn up against opponents like Croatia.
Croatia's international break got off to a horrendous start last time out as they were beaten easily 3-0 by Austria. The Croatians now welcome world champions France to Split, hoping to get their Nations League campaign back on track.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Nations League Group A1 match between Croatia and France at Stadion Poljud.