Croatia 1 Israel 0: Eduardo maintains Croatia lead in Group E

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The Independent Online

Eduardo Da Silva scored the lone goal Saturday on to lead Croatia over Israel 1-0 in European Championship qualifying.

The 52nd-minute goal was Eduardo's 10th for Croatia in 10 qualifying matches. He scored a hat trick at Israel in an earlier qualifier.

Israel kept a tight defence early and Croatia played carefully with its top two strikers, Bosko Balaban and Mladen Petric, out with injuries.

Ivica Olic nearly gave Croatia the lead in the 17th minute, but his shot from five yards hit Israel goalkeeper Nir Davidovitch in the legs.

Israel focused mainly on defence. Yossi Benayoun had the team's best chance in the 77th minute, but Stipe Pletikosa easily defended the goal.

Croatia remains at the top of Group E with 26 points, three more than England.

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