Croatia clinch Nations League Finals spot by relegating Austria – Marca

Croatia are off to the Nations League Finals after goals from Marko Livaja and Dejan Lovren lifted them to a 3-1 victory over Austria.

Zlatko Dalic‘s men knew that three points would see them top Group 1 and they wasted little time in trying to make that a reality via Luka Modric’s brilliant strike after just six minutes.

However Austria, who needed a win and some help to avoid relegation, levelled proceedings just three minutes later.

Marcel Sabitzer‘s cross from the left found Christoph Baumgartner, and his glancing header found the back of the net.

Austria’s Michael Gregoritsch, right, duels for the ball with Croatia’s Josip StanisicFlorian SchroetterAP

Baumgartner missed a glorious chance after 25 minutes after being left unmarked, but he fired his strike centimetres wide of the mark.

Marko Arnautovic had another opportunity before the close of the half, but this time it was Dominik Livakovic‘s save that kept the score level.

Unfortunately for Austria the pair of misses came back to haunt them as Croatia went in front through Livaja, who met Ivan Perisic‘s cross with a firm header at the far post.

Luka Modric of Croatia in actionCHRISTIAN BRUNAEFE

Croatia wrapped things up minutes later, this time through Lovren.

The former Liverpool defender was incredibly left all alone at the far post by the Austrian defence, and allowed to header home.

The quick double sealed Austria’s fate, as they now find themselves in League B following the defeat, while Croatia move on to the Final Four.

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