Croatia stunned Sweden with a 1-0 in World Cup qualifying Group
Darijo Srna of Croatia, left, celebrates with teammate Josip Simunic after scoring against Sweden during the World Cup 2006 Group 8 qualifying match Sweden vs Croatia Wednesday Sept. 8, 2004, in Gothenburg, Sweden. (AP Photo /Pressens Bild, Niklas Larsson) S
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 Posted: 2141 GMT (0541 HKT)
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) -- Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Darijo Srna netted a second-half winner as Croatia stunned Sweden with a 1-0 away win in World Cup qualifying Group Eight on Wednesday. Srna crashed home a free kick on 63 minutes in an ill-tempered match to hand Croatia their second win in as many games after cruising to a 3-0 success over Hungary on Saturday.
Sweden, who routed Malta 7-0 in their opening game, were denied an equaliser when striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out for a push on Croatian goalkeeper Tomislav Butina. Tempers flared towards the end with Josip Simunic and Sweden substitute Mattias Jonson booked. Sweden defender Marcus Allback went close to an equaliser in stoppage time but was denied by a save from Butina.
A goal 10 minutes from time from Imre Szabics handed Hungary, thrashed 3-0 by Croatia in their opening World Cup qualifier on Saturday, a thrilling 3-2 win over Iceland in on Wednesday.
The visitors went ahead against the run of play five minutes before halftime when Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen headed home a cross from Arnar Gretarsson.
Hungary levelled in the 64th minute with captain Zoltan Gera pouncing to score from close range.
Three goals in a five-minute spell set up an exciting climax.
Hungary substitute strikers Sandor Torghelle put the home side ahead 15 minutes from time, Indridi Sigurdsson levelled but Szabics rifled in the winner.