Croatia and Israel test match produced a 2-0 win

Wearing their beloved and recently redesigned red & white checkered uniform, Croatian footballers defeated Israeli national team 2-0 in a test match played on Wednesday in Osijek, town on the eastern Croatian border with Serbia.

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6 (Xinhua) -- Mario Mandzukic (C) of Croatia vies for ball during their friendly match against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, March 23, 2016. Croatia won 2-0. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)
6 (Xinhua) -- Mario Mandzukic (C) of Croatia vies for ball during their friendly match against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, March 23, 2016. Croatia won 2-0. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)
Spining

In cold and rainy conditions, Croatian footballers needed only four minutes to put the ball in the Israeli net. Marcelo Brozovic’s cross from the left was met in the box by his Inter Milan teammate Ivan Perisic who’s left-footed volley was too much to be handled by the Israeli goalkeeper.

6 (Xinhua) -- Mario Mandzukic (C) of Croatia vies for ball during their friendly match against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, March 23, 2016. Croatia won 2-0. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)
6 (Xinhua) — Mario Mandzukic (C) of Croatia vies for ball during their friendly match against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, March 23, 2016. Croatia won 2-0. (Xinhua/Miso Lisanin)

Mario Mandzukic’s strike in the 34th minute hit the post and Brozovic put it into the empty net.

“We played a good first half but there is still a lot of space for improvement,” said Perisic.

Israeli strikers came close on a several occasions in the second half, but substitute goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic turned out to be the best Croatian man in the second half.

On Saturday Croatian team will travel to neighboring Hungary and play the last test match before the start of the Euro 2016 training camp in May.

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