Croatia draws with new-look Russia in World Cup qualifying
Croatia drew 0-0 with a new-look Russia team to stay atop its World Cup qualifying group as tiny Malta secured a commanding win.There were few chances for either team to score in a cagey match at Moscows Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, where Croatia lost the 2018 World Cup final to France.
There were few chances for either team to score in a cagey match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, where Croatia lost the 2018 World Cup final to France. Croatia and Russia have seven points apiece in Group H but the Croatians are ahead on goal difference.
Karpin gave a start to 18-year-old Dynamo Moscow winger Arsen Zakharyan, who became the youngest outfield player in Russia's history and the second-youngest player overall behind goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. There was also a debut off the bench for left-back Ilya Samoshnikov.
Malta won its first World Cup qualifier in eight years, beating Cyprus 3-0 with two goals from right-back Cain Attard. That took Malta to its fifth win in 12 months, including friendlies and the Nations League. AP SSC SSC
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