Croatia replace Cacic with Dalic

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Croatia have wasted no time in naming Zlatko Dalic as their new head coach after dismissing Ante Cacic.

This news comes on the back of a 1-1 draw with Finland in World Cup qualifying that has left Croatia in a precarious position in Group I ahead of their final game.

Having started the week in top spot, the draw saw Vatreni slip down to third, two points behind Iceland and level on 17 points with Ukraine, who they play on Monday.

Croatia will now most likely enter the play-offs, with a result against the Ukraine, as Iceland are expected to beat Kosovo in their last encounter.

A Croatian Football Federation statement read: "The Executive Board of the Croatian Football Association has unanimously decided to end cooperation with Ante Cacic after the recent results in the soccer team's qualification for the World Cup in Russia.

"It was unanimously decided that he was replaced by Zlatko Dalic, until recently the coach of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates."

Star midfielder Luka Modric had refused to back his manager after the match in an emotional response to drawing with Finland.

He said: "What do we do now? We started with him and now we have to just keep going.

"Until our match with Iceland, everything was fine and now all of a sudden nothing is of any worth.

"That's the honest truth, the situation is catastrophic, but we still have a chance to make it right.

"That Croatia was waiting for the final whistle against that kind of national team is…It is unbelievable that we are struggling against teams like Kosovo and Finland, where before we would have beaten them with ease."