UEFA Nations League: Croatia, France Settle for 1:1 Draw in Epic Clash

UEFA Nations League: Croatia, France Settle for 1:1 Draw in Epic Clash

  • Croatia vs France UEFA Nations League clash finished in a stalemate in Split on Monday night, June 6
  • Adrien Rabiot was on target for France before Andrej Kramaric came off the bench to secure a vital point for Croatia
  • Both Croatia and Les Bleus are still trailing Denmark and Austria who won their opening group fixtures

Croatia vs France UEFA Nations League Group A clash ended in a 1-1 draw in Poljud Stadium on Monday night, June 6.

The encounter was a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final when France hammered the Croats 4-2 to win the global football tournament.

Adrien Rabiot celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League match between Croatia and France at Stadion Poljud in Split. Photo by FRANCK FIFE.
Adrien Rabiot celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League match between Croatia and France at Stadion Poljud in Split. Photo by FRANCK FIFE.
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The two European heavyweights went into the tie with the hope of getting themselves into the win column after they lost their group opening fixtures.

While France were shocked 2-1 by Denmark, Croatia were demolished 3-0 by Austria under the leadership of ex-Man United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.

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Croatia, France share spoils in second Group A fixture

However, there was nothing to separate the two sides after 90 minutes of action as they shared the spoils in Split.

The tie was evenly poised in the opening exchanges as the visitors slowly grew into the game.

However, it was the hosts who drew the first blood, with Luka Modric going close before the half-hour mark.

RB Leipzig superstar Christopher Nkunku thought he had handed France the lead shortly after but his goal was disallowed for an offside as the first half ended 0-0.

Adrien Rabiot went on to break the deadlock in the 52nd minute in what was his second international goal.

France looked on course to secure the three points only for Andrej Kramaric who came on as a substitute to earn a precious point for Zlatko Dalic's side after he stepped up to convert a penalty with eight minutes left on the clock.

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The result now leaves both teams trailing Denmark and Austria in Group A of the tournament.

Sinkhole forms on pitch during Nations League clash

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Austria's UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark was marked with bizarre scenes right before it kicked off.

Initially, the match had to be delayed for an hour and a half after the lights went out in the stadium before a sinkhole formed on the pitch after the final whistle.

It remains unclear what led to the caving in of the pitch as the rare incident left the Danish players intrigued.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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