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QATAR 2022

Croatia become seventh side to secure place at Qatar World Cup

A tense afternoon in Split ended with Croatia securing their sixth appearance at a World Cup with a 1-0 over Russia enough for Zlatko Dalic's side to progress.

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Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group H - Croatia v Russia - Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia - November 14, 2021v Russia's Fedor Kudryashov scores an own goal and Croatia's first goal REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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Croatia join hosts Qatar and Brazil, Germany, France, Belgium and Denmark as the seventh nation in securing their place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group H - Croatia v Russia - Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia - November 14, 2021v Croatia players and coaches celebrate after the match REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group H - Croatia v Russia - Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia - November 14, 2021v Croatia players and coaches celebrate after the match REUTERS/Antonio BronicANTONIO BRONICREUTERS

A tense afternoon in Split in the winner takes all match against Russia ended with a slender 1-0 win for the Baltic nation with the game played under a deluge.

An 81st own goal from Kudryashov was enough for Croatia to secure maximum points against a Russian side who had set up a defensive wall aware that a point would have been sufficient for Valeri Karpin's men who now head to the play-off as the Croatian side celebrated euphorically at a water logged Stadion Poljud.

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