Croatia defeat Serbia 2-0 in 'historic' game

Serbian fans were banned from attending the match - as are Croatia supporters for the return leg in Belgrade on September 6 - following an agreement between the two countries' football federations to curb crowd trouble.

updated: March 23, 2013 11:53 IST
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Zagreb, Croatia: Croatia on Friday defeated Serbia 2-0 in a highly charged World Cup qualifier - the first between the two former foes as independent nations since the bloody 1990s war that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

The match was played amid the frenetic cheering of some 34,000 fans of the Croatia team known as "Vatreni" or "The Fiery Ones" at the Maksimir Stadium.

Virtually all the supporters were either dressed in Croatia's distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern jerseys or wrapped up in Croatian flags.

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