Croatia thump 10 goals past San Marino
sports Updated: Jun 06, 2016 09:40 IST
ZAGREB: Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic grabbed hat-tricks as Croatia achieved a record win as an independent nation by demolishing San Marino 10-0 in their final Euro 2016 warm-up match in Rijeka on Saturday. Thrashing the hapless part-timers meant the hosts surpassed 7-0 victories over Andorra in a Euro 2008 qualifier and Australia in a friendly in 1998. “I want to congratulate the players for their commitment. They were poised and hungry to score as many goals as they could,” said coach Ante Cacic. “The idea was to build a positive atmosphere ahead of Euro 2016 and we accomplished that. I am especially pleased with the strikers’ form because it’s paramount for their confidence to score goals.” The visitors held out for 20 minutes before the floodgates opened.