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Croatia qualifier abandoned after heavy rain


Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kosovo was abandoned midway through the first half in Zagreb on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.

The game was level at 0-0 when the players went off and will be replayed on Sunday.

“The #WCQ match between Croatia and Kosovo has been abandoned due to adverse weather conditions and postponed for Sunday 3 September,” FIFA said on Twitter.

The abandonment means that Croatia, temporarily at least, lose top spot in Group I of European qualifying.

Ukraine jumped up from fourth to first thanks to a 2-0 home win over Turkey as new Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko scored a brace.

Iceland, who were second going into the day, saw their hopes of reaching Russia take a hit with a surprising 1-0 loss in Finland.

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