Junior All Whites bow out with third defeat

Last updated 06:37 30/06/2013

Relevant offers


Manny Muscat shows the sort of attitude that will take Wellington Phoenix places Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet holds on to ball for 22 seconds in epic blunder Harry Kane goal sends Tottenham Hotspur into Europa League last-32 Roly Bonevacia fouled out of the game: Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick Refugees, ethnic communities and police battle it out on the football field Waitakere City sack ASB Premiership coaching duo after poor start Waitakere United coach Brian Shelley resigns after 'disappointing' performance Canterbury United not taking Auckland City lightly Major League Soccer is tougher than Premier League - Didier Drogba Mainland Football CEO Julian Bowden backs Tasman United's national league bid

A late penalty from Louis Fenton wasn't enough to salvage a point for New Zealand against Croatia at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

After two defeats in their opening games, New Zealand required a high scoring win against Croatia at Ataturk Stadium in Bursa to have any chance of progressing to the next round. With that in mind coach Chris Milicich made three changes from the team that lost to Uruguay.

Max Crocombe and Bill Tuiloma were restored to the starting line up and Van Elia was given his first start in the tournament.

Dinko Jelicic made nine changes to his Croatia side that drew with Uzbekistan.

Croatia looked to expose their aerial advantage early. A deep cross from the left found striker Stipe Perica unchallenged in the area. Having initially come out to try and take the cross Crocombe was left stranded as Perica's header went over the keeper to open the scoring for Croatia.

Ivancic rattled the crossbar from close range on the 28th minute and Crocombe was forced into a close range save not long later as Croatia looked to press their advantage and end the game quickly. Just before half time Tuiloma made a desperate headed clearance from almost off this line to keep the score at 1-0.

New Zealand came out with extra vigour in the second half and both Cameron Howieson and Tyler Boyd tested Sluga in the Croatian goal.

The introduction of Ante Rebic for Croatia was to prove decisive as the striker picked up the ball on the edge of the area and fired the ball into the top corner on the 75th minute.

The Junior All Whites rallied and Boyd almost scored a spectacular volley before Fenton turned sharply into the box forcing a save from Sluga. It was substitute Fenton that would earn the penalty and score to give New Zealand their first goal of the tournament.

Croatia would finish the game strongest with Miskic striking the crossbar with a long range shot.

The victory for Croatia gave them top spot in the group with Uruguay second and Uzbekistan reaching the next round as one of the best third-placed teams.

Croatia 2 (Stipe Perica 11th, Ante Rebic 75th) New Zealand 1 (Louis Fenton 84th)

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content