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04/15/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/15/2019 01:42

Argentina wins first 'Vlatko Marković' Tournament, Croatia places fourth

The Croatian U-15 national team placed fourth at the 'Vlatko Marković' U-15 International Tournament.

U-15: GREECE - CROATIA 1:0 (0:0)
'Vlatko Marković' U-15 International Tournament, Medulin.

Goalscorers: 1:0 - Tsikos (58')

Croatia: Tanjić, Klančir, Buić, Rukavina, Prpić, Ivić, Garić (47' Gubijan), Batur (47' Dizdarević), Brkljača, Lukanić (47' Capan), Đolonga (57' Petrović). Head coach: T. Gričar.

Under the guidance of head coach Tomislav Gričar, Croatia U-15 won their first two matches at the 'Vlatko Marković' Tournament against Slovakia and China, but were then defeated by Argentina in their last group stage match and lost against Greece in the third place play-off match. The deciding goal was scored by Tsikos in the 58th minute.

The final match featured the two Latin American participants at the tournament: Argentina and Mexico. The second half-time ended with a 1:1 draw (Porra 32' / Pelayo 3'), with the Argentinians winning the match through penalty kicks (4:2).

The fifth place went to Korea, who defeated Slovakia in the play-off (1:0; Kim 45'), while Serbia placed seventh with a win against China (4:1; Vlahović 8', Lazetić 39', 52', Spasojević 60' / He 28').

The tournament received funding from FIFA through the FIFA Forward Programme.

'Vlatko Marković' U-15 International Tournament, final classification:
1. Argentina
2. Mexico
3. Greece
4. Croatia
5. Korea
6. Slovakia
7. Serbia
8. China