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Croatia Fail To Beat Local Selection

Croatia’s naturalised Brazilian Sammir, scored his first goal in a Croatian shirt last night when Croatia could only manage a 1-1 draw with a Croatian 1st Division Selection played in Rijeka.

Croatia, missing key players Luka Modric, Darijo Srna, Joe Simunic and Ivan Rakitic, were pressured by the best talent playing domestically and it was no real shock when they took the lead trough striker Andrej Kramaric.

Croatia coach Igor Stimac made wholesale changes at half-time and one of his substitutions saved him from embarrassment when he levelled the scores with a 20-yard belter.

Stimac hopes that the fixture, which gives local players a chance on the main stage, will become a tradition in the Croatian Football Federation calendar.

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