Croatia 1-0 Russia: Late own goal sends 2018 finalists to Qatar World Cup

Russia score a late own goal against Croatia
Russia needed to avoid defeat to qualify automatically for the World Cup

A late own goal by Fedor Kudryashov secured Croatia’s place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar and left Russia in the play-offs.

A draw would have been enough for Russia to finish top of Group H and they looked to be on course to achieve that with neither side able to find a breakthrough.

But Kudryashov bundled a cross into his own net with eight minutes to go.

Victory means Croatia finish top with 23 points, one point ahead of Russia.

Vyacheslav Karavayev had the chance to snatch the draw the visitors needed in the 90th minute but he shot just over the crossbar.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 12GrbicBooked at 90mins
  • 22JuranovicSubstituted forBrekaloat 75′minutes
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 19Sosa
  • 10Modric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 15PasalicSubstituted forLivajaat 75′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 13VlasicSubstituted forPetkovicat 58′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forStanisicat 86′minutes
  • 4Perisic


  • 1Livakovic
  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 7Brekalo
  • 8Majer
  • 14Livaja
  • 16Jakic
  • 17Petkovic
  • 18Orsic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Sluga


Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Safonov
  • 4Karavaev
  • 3Diveev
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 8FominSubstituted forGlebovat 80′minutes
  • 6Barinov
  • 17GolovinBooked at 51minsSubstituted forChistyakovat 57′minutes
  • 20IonovSubstituted forZobninat 57′minutes
  • 9SmolovBooked at 55minsSubstituted forZabolotnyat 57′minutes
  • 10BakaevSubstituted forMostovoyat 78′minutes


  • 1Alvim Marinato
  • 2Chistyakov
  • 5Krugovoy
  • 7Zabolotny
  • 11Zobnin
  • 15Al Miranchuk
  • 16Haikin
  • 18Sutormin
  • 19Glebov
  • 21Erokhin
  • 22Mostovoy
  • 23Sergeev

Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Croatia 1, Russia 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Croatia 1, Russia 0.

  3. Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Roman Zobnin.

  4. Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Fedor Kudryashov.

  5. Ivo Grbic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Attempt missed. Vyacheslav Karavaev (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrey Mostovoy.

  7. Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

  8. Dmitri Barinov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Marko Livaja (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Foul by Marko Livaja (Croatia).

  11. Danil Glebov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Marko Livaja (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Foul by Georgi Dzhikiya (Russia).

  14. Bruno Petkovic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Igor Diveev (Russia).

  16. Substitution, Croatia. Josip Stanisic replaces Andrej Kramaric.

  17. Foul by Borna Sosa (Croatia).

  18. Roman Zobnin (Russia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Corner, Russia. Conceded by Marcelo Brozovic.

  20. Own Goal by Fedor Kudryashov, Russia. Croatia 1, Russia 0.