|Germany||2 - 1||Croatia|
|Klinsmann 20 pen, Sammer 59||Šuker 51|
As usual, Germany seem to have worked their opponents out to a perfection. Hitting their tackles hard from the start, they drew Croatia into a dogfight which was not really their game. As a bonus, the Germans had to play against only ten men at a critical time.
Mattias Sammer was shown a yellow card for an early foul on Mario Stani, but Igor Stimac was sent off for bringing down Mehmet Scholl. Croatia, provoked into abandoning their natural game, simply lost it. Content to soak up initial pressure, Germany took the lead with virtually their first attack. Sammer, the man of the match, chested down a chip from Scholl, panicking Stanic into an absurd handball. Croatia equalised when Nikola Jurcevic won the ball and moved it to the right, where Davor Šuker rolled it under his foot to take it wide of the goalkeeper before knocking it in. But then Stimac got himself sent off, Germany immediately regained the lead, and that was that.
Even the winning goal added to Croatia's irritation. A foul (Markus Babbel's push on Nikola Jerkan) was followed by a stroke of luck (Sammer putting in the rebound when his header came back off Slaven Bilic) and Croatia were left with nothing but bruises from a match they felt they should have won. The frustration was eased by their 3-0 win over the same opponents in the next FIFA World Cup, but for now Miroslav Blazevic must have wished he had put out a full-strength team against Portugal.
|Jürgen Klinsmann (out)|
Steffen Freund (in)
|Fredi Bobic (out)|
Stefan Kuntz (in)
|Nikola Jurcevic (out)|
Mladen Mladenovic (in)
|Mehmet Scholl (out)|
Thomas Hässler (in)
|Goals||Own goal||Penalties||Missed penalty|
|Yellow card||Red card||Substitution|