MX23RW : Wednesday, September 26 03:26:12
Oct 13, 2015 at 7.45pm UK
Malta
0-1
Croatia

Failla (69')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Perisic (25')
Badelj (38'), Perisic (92')

Result: Croatia battle to Euro 2016 spot

Ivan Perisic scores the only goal as Croatia clinch a spot at Euro 2016 by beating Malta 1-0 in their Group H finale.

Croatia have qualified for Euro 2016 by claiming second spot in Group H with a 1-0 victory over Malta.

Starting the night knowing that they would have to better Norway's result against Italy, Ante Cacic's side did their part and were helped out by the Azzurri, who came from behind to claim a 2-1 win in Oslo.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic (R) celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Malta and Croatia on October 13, 2015© Getty Images

The difference between the two sides was clear from the first whistle, but Croatia were frustrated in front of goal early in the game as Andrew Hogg made a fine save to keep out a low effort from Nikola Kalinic.

Ivan Perisic was a constant threat to the home defence, and he twice threatened before the opener as he dragged a shot wide just a few minutes prior to heading over from Darijo Srna's inviting cross.

It was the Inter winger who broke the deadlock as he reacted to a clearance with a powerful effort from the edge of the box which took a deflection on the way to beating the helpless Hogg.

Despite their dominance, Croatia were almost shocked by an equaliser before the interval when Alfred Effiong found the space to head over from a corner.

Hogg continued to be a busy man in the second half as he made saves to deny both Marko Pjaca and Perisic as Malta looked to keep alive their hopes of adding to a tally of just two points from the campaign.

The introduction of Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric almost had an immediate impact for the visitors, but he could only head over from Milan Badelj's ball into the box.

It was a strong finish from Malta as Andrei Agius met a free kick to test Danijel Subasic, who pushed his effort to safety as Croatia claimed the victory on the way to booking their spot at the tournament.

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Croatia's midfielder Ivan Perisic (R) celebrates with Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida after scoring during the Euro 2016 qualifying football match Italy vs Croatia on November 16, 2014
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