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1951: FULLTIME: Italy 1, Croatia 1

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1945: Into injury time. With Spain its last opponent, Croatia could really do with getting qualification wrapped up early. A draw leaves things up for grabs heading into the final group games.

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1941: Mandzukic sprints forward down the center with options both side of him. He finds Jelavic on the right, who takes a touch before trying to return it to Mandzukic but his pass is intercepted and cleared. Good chance for Croatia to get a shot away there. Will the team get another? Jelavic is off for Eduardo.

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1935: Nine minutes left to play, can either side score a winner? You’d have to say the momentum is now with Croatia having pulled level and improved drastically in the second half. Riccardo Montolivo is booked after catching the back of Mandzukic’s head when challenging him for a header.

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1932: Croatia equalizes in the 72nd minute and it’s Mario Mandzukic with his third goal of the tournament. His first touch isn’t the greatest as he controls a cross from the left but his second makes up for it, lashing the ball in off the near post. Russia’s Alan Dzagoev and Germany’s Mario Gomez are the other players with three goals so far.

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1927: GOAL! Italy 1, Croatia 1 (Mandzukic)

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1922: With 70 minutes played, the Italians still lead 1-0. If the score stays the same, they would go top of the group _ at least for a few hours. Thiago Motta and Mario Balotelli have been replaced by Riccardo Montolivo and Antonio Di Natale for Italy while Ivan Perisic is taken off for Daniel Pranjic for Croatia.

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