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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Croatia win Group B with victory over Germany

Croatia beat Germany 2-1Croatia claimed a win over pre-tournament favourites Germany to claim top spot in Group B and reach the Euro 2008 quarter-finals.

Darijo Srna broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when he beat Marcell Jansen to Danijel Pranjic's cross and fired home and Croatia were gifted a second goal on 63 minutes when Ivan Rakitic's cross came off Lukas Podolski and rebounded off the post for Ivica Olic to slot home.

Podolski pulled a goal back with a late drive but Bastian Schweinsteiger's red card ended German hopes in injury time.

It was a famous victory for Croatia, and they now win Group B at a payout of 3.64 at the bookmakers (as previewed by Mike.)

Germany will now face co-host Austria in their final group match - and will only need a draw to progress to qualify the quarter-finals as group B runners-up where they will face Portugal.

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