Croatia have qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after a tense victory over Russia in their final group match.
An own goal was the difference between the two teams as Croatia ran out 1-0 winners over Russia in Split.
The Croatian national football team will play for the sixth time at the World Cup next year in Qatar, in the decisive match for the first place in Group H, the Croatia defeated Russia 1-0 (0-0) in front of more than 30,000 spectators in Split. The weather played a part. Heavy rain fell through the whole match and the pitch was badly water-logged.
The goal that sent Croatia to Qatar was an own goal by Russian stopper Fyodor Kudryashov in the 81st minute.
“We deserved to win for the way we played and didn’t give up. We were patient and deserved, with the number of chances we made, to win and to go to the World Cup,” said captain Luka Modrić directly after the match.