- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - Croatia coach Ante Cacic has been fired and replaced by Zlatko Dalic.

Davor Suker, the president of Croatia’s soccer association, says Dalic is taking over after Croatia stumbled in a 1-1 home draw against Finland on Friday in World Cup qualifiers.

Croatia is second in Group I, level on 17 points with Ukraine, and two points behind leader Iceland with one game left.

Croatia faces Ukraine on Monday.

Suker says Croatia still has “a chance to get into the playoffs and to make it to the World Cup” in Russia next year. He adds that Dalic “will lead the team in the crucial game against Ukraine and we are hoping for a positive outcome.”

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