Croatia coach Igor Stimac was concerned at the ease of how his side conceded two goals, but is not worried ahead of next month’s important World Cup qualifier against Serbia after a late goal from Eduardo da Silva avoided an embarrassing draw with Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Wednesday night.
A brace from the Brazilian-born Croat, and a great finish on debut from 19-year-old Ante Rebic gave Croatia a 3:2 victory over an improved Liechtenstein side.
“I said yesterday that Liechtenstein had improved, I am not surprised by their effort, it was a great match. The opponents played as much as we let them, against stronger opponents we can not let that happen,” said Stimac, before adding.
“We took lots of risks, Liechtenstein did not, that is logical, because we are fighting for 1st position (in the group), we have to save our legs, we did not go into the match 100% and that made our opponents job easier. It was not good that they scored two goals, that is where my criticism of my players is. But, they were two excellent goals, they don’t happen everyday,” said Stimac after the match.