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New Croatia football coach Igor Stimac began his era in charge of the world's 9th ranked team with a comprehensive 2:4 loss to Switzerland in a friendly match at Poljud Stadium in the Dalmatian city of Split last night (Wed), and soon after issued a warning to all players.
"On behalf of the support staff I want to apologise to all the Croatian fans for the loss. Losses are a part of sport, but when they happen in this way then there is no doubt. We have big players, the dressing room is full of talent, but football is played also without the ball. Those who do not follow the plan with running will soon find themselves out of the dressing room," said Stimac, angry at his side's lack of tracking back and laziness in not running.
Stimac added that the only positive aspect to come out of the match was the performance of Eduardo da Silva, writes daily newspaper 24sata.
Two goals in each half from the visitors were replied to by an Eduardo da Silva brace for the Croatians, but it could have been worse for the home side as the Swiss squandered many chances and constantly exposed the sloppy Croatians.
The loss, on the 100th birthday of the Croatian football federation, sparked boos from the half empty Split stadium and left coach Stimac with plenty to think about before Croatia begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in September.
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