Croatia, Swiss Close to Secure World Cup Tickets

Croatia and Switzerland are inching closer to get their tickets for 2018 World Cup in Russia as both teams won their first out of two playoffs matches.

Playing the first game at home, Vatreni got themselves a quite commanding first leg fixture as they defeated Greece 4-1.

The home side put on an aggressive approach since kick off and got themselves ahead after just 13 minutes through Luka Modric’s spot kick.

Soon afterwards, it was 2-0 for Zlatko Dalic’s boys as Nikola Kalinic netted home a close range back heel finish, converting Ivan Strinic’s fine low cross.

However, things got slightly complicated with Greece pulled one back with an effort from Sokratis Papastathopoulos on 30 minutes.

Fortunately, three minutes later, Croatia regained their two goals margin as Ivan Perisic scored his team’s third and gave them that 3-1 lead going into half time break.

The host continue their attacking approach after the break and got one more goal when Andrej Kramaric scored on 49 minutes to make it 4-1.

Meanwhile, Switzerland had a slightly more advantage as they picked up a 1-0 win away from home against Norther Ireland, giving them an even more confidence going into the second leg as La Nati will be playing at home in the next match up.

Vladimir Petkovic’s men got their goal in the second half of that tie, thanks to a penalty kick from their left back, Ricardo Rodriguez, who made no mistake from the spot.