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EURO '08: Croatia hangs on -- barely
by Paul Kennedy, June 9th, 2008 6:45AM

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[AUSTRIA-CROATIA REPORT CARD] After a fourth-minute penalty kick converted by Luka Modric, it looked like it would be a blowout for Croatia, but it had to hang on for a 1-0 win over host Austria that was scrappy but ultimately lacking in ideas. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the players.

Austria Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Juergen Macho (AEK Athens) 15/0
5 Sebastian Proedl (Sturm Graz) 11/2
4 Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough) 28/2
5 Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow) 46/2
5 Ronald Gercaliu (Austria Vienna) 12/0
5 Joachim Standfest (Austria Vienna) 31/2
5 Andreas Ivanschitz (Panathinaikos) 40/6
4 Rene Aufhauser (Salzburg) 52/11
5 Juergen Saeumel (Sturm Graz) 12/0
6 Martin Harnik (Werder Bremen) 9/2
4 Roland Linz (Braga) 33/7
Subs:
6 Ivica Vastic (Linz) 49/13
6 Umit Korkmaz (Rapid Vienna) 3/0
5 Roman Kienast (Ham-Kam) 7/1

Croatia Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Stipe Pletikosa
(Spartak Moscow) 70/0
6 Danijel Pranjic (Heerenveen) 12/0
5 Robert Kovac (Borussia Dortmund) 75/0
5 Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin) 64/3
4 Vedran Corluka (Manchester City) 21/0
5 Niko Kovac (Salzburg) 78/14
5 Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb) 27/4
6 Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) 56/15
5 Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth) 42/7
6 Ivica Olic (Hamburg) 55/9
4 Mladen Petric (Borussia Dortmund) 24/9
Subs:
4 Dario Knezevic (Livorno) 8/1
4 Igor Budan (Parma) 6/0
NR Ognjen Vukojevic (Dinamo Zagreb) 6/1

(1-low; 5-average; 10-high)



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