Half-Time Report: Mario Mandzukic gives Croatia lead over Wales

Mario Mandzukic capitalises on a Welsh defensive mix-up to give Croatia a one-goal half-time lead in Osijek.

Mario Mandzukic's finish following a mix-up in the Wales defence has given Croatia a one-goal lead at the break in Osijek.

The playing surface at the Stadion Gradski VRT didn't encourage fast football and the hosts dominated possession early on, with Darijo Srna stinging Lewis Price's palms with a free kick.

Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric then went over in the area but immediately got up and quashed any penalty appeals from his teammates.

Josip Simunic of Croatia and Gareth Bale of Wales© PA Photos

Wales's first chance came through Saturday's two-goal hero Gareth Bale, who cut in from the right and curled a shot just wide of the far post.

Price again reacted quickly to push away Milan Badelj's dipping volley before Mandzukic opened the scoring.

The Bayern Munich man tracked down a short Ashley Williams backpass and blocked Price's attempted clearance before sidefooting home.

The visitors managed to keep the deficit to one thanks to Price, who kept out striker Eduardo on two occasions.

Luka Modric of Croatia and Andy King of Wales
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