When a Croatian player receives three yellow cards in a match due to a referee’s mistake
2022 FIFA Globalism The cup date is approaching and football’s biggest carnival is once again attracting people’s attention. Fans around the world are widely following the FIFA World Cup. We’ve seen some great moments in this tournament over the years, however, there have also been some strange moments that have made the World Cup grab the attention of many.
One of the incidents occurred during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany when Croatian defender Josip Simunic received three yellow cards in the match in front of referee Graham Poll. It was during the group stage of the German World Cup when Croatia faced Australia.
The referee mistook Simonek for an Australian player as he was scoring his second yellow card. The Croatian defender received a third yellow card later in the match and was sent off. The former football referee admitted his mistake and was very embarrassed when he decided to step down.
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The match ended in a 2-2 draw with Australia scoring a late goal to score the equaliser. Meanwhile, Croatia failed to get out of the group stage during that tournament, while Australia qualified for the round of 16.
However, this time Croatia will enter the World Cup as a team superior to Australia who placed France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.
The previous runners-up will once again enter the tournament as the tournament’s biggest underdogs, led by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric. This time Croatia will miss Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic who have both retired from advertising in international football. Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic will be the other players besides Modric who will play a crucial role if Croatia have to make a long journey in the tournament.
They will be the favorites alongside Belgium to qualify from Group F, but their primary objective will be to overtake De Bruyne & Co. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has to create unity in the squad to replicate Russia’s success.
In a pre-tournament friendly match, they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0. The Croats, who lost 4-2 to France in the final four years ago in Russia, kicked off their latest World Cup performance against Morocco in El Khor on November 23rd.
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