Croatia 10-0 San Marino: Croatia slay minnows San Marino

Croatia have defeated San Marino 10-0 in their final Euro 2016 warm-up game

Croatia 10-0 San Marino: Croatia slay minnows San Marino
Above: A collective of Croatia players celebrating during their 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AP
CROATIA
10 0
SAN MARINO
CROATIA: SUBASIC, SRNA (VRSALJKO, MIN. 56), CORLUKA, VIDA, STRINIC, RAKITIC (KRAMARIC, MIN. 55), PERESIC, MODRIC (KOVACIC, MIN. 45), MUSCAT (CORIC, MIN. 75), BADELJ (ROG,MIN. 76), MANDZUKIC (KALINIC, MIN. 56)
SAN MARINO : SIMONCINI (BENEDETTINI, MIN. 54), BROLLI, DELLA VALLE, SIMONCINI, PALAZZI (CESARINI, MIN. 85), ZAFFERANI (MAZZA, MIN. 79), BIORDI, GASPERONI (CERVELLINI, MIN. 79), BERRETTI (COLOMBINI, MIN. 54), RINALDI. STEFANELLI (HIRSCH, MIN. 54)
SCORE: 1-0, MIN. 20, MUSCAT 2-0, MIN. 23, MANDZUKIC 3-0, MIN. 24, SRNA 4-0, MIN. 36, MANDZUKIC 5-0, MIN. 38, MANDZUKIC 6-0, MIN. 40, PERISIC 7-0, MIN. 50, RAKITIC 8-0, MIN. 59, KALINIC 9-0, MIN. 73, KALINIC 10-0, MIN. 84, KALINIC
REFEREE: MITJA ZGANEC BOOKED BERRETTI (MIN. 47) GASPERONI (MIN. 49)

Croatia ended their warm-up campaign ahead of Euro 2016 in the grandest fashion as they defeated minnows San Marino 10-0 in their final friendly. 

There was some concerns for Ante Cacic's side as they failed to break down the Marino defence in the first 20 minutes but the floodgates opened from there as they put six in before half-time with strikes from Zach Muscat, Darijo Srna, Ivan Peresic and a hat-trick from Mario Mandzukic

Their dominance continued into the second period with Ivan Rakitic and another hat-trick from Nikola Kalinic rounded off a record-winning internationals victory ahead of the imminent tournament. 

Above: Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic reacting to a rare miss in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AP
Above: Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic reacting to a rare miss in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AP

Holding firm 

Everyone inside the Stadion HNK Rijeka expected Croatia to dominate against the weak opposition and that was the case for the first twenty minutes but they failed to break down the defence of Pierangelo Manzaroli's side. 

Peresic, Mandzukic and Marko Pjaca all had good opportunities but the best opportunity of the first twenty minutes fell to Luka Modric who was still flying from Real Madrid's Champions League victory and went close here as he tried one from outside the area but was just wide of the mark. 

Open the floodgates 

Any increasing fears from fans were sweeped away almost instantaneously as they found three goals in four minutes to secure the victory. 

The first came on the 20-minute mark as a quick corner was played to Modric who took a touch and like his miss seconds earlier he tried one from outside the area and paid off as a slight flick from Muscat deceived Aldo Simoncini as he couldn't do anything to stop it finding the net. 

Mandzukic followed that up with his first just three minutes later and it came in spectacular style as great over-the-top ball from Modric found the head of Peresic who headed it back across goal and it was easy for the Juventus forward to stick it into the net from close-range. 

Srna made it three a minute later as Peresic was provider once again as he crossed the ball into the area and it was perfect for the defender running into the area at pace and his half-volley and the strike was too much for Simoncini who could only help it on it's way into the net. 

Above: Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic celebrating in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AFP / Getty Images
Above: Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic celebrating in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Raining goals 

It looked well on course to be a whitewash for Cacic's side as they added another three goals in quick succession ten minutes from half-time. 

Mandzukic will have been pleased with his performance ahead of the trip to France as he completed his hat-tick in 15 minutes. Srna turned provider for his second goal as he put the cross in and Mandzukic showed his hunger for goals as he slid in for the header as it trickled into the corner. 

He completed his hat-trick in the 38th minute and Srna was prolific once again as he put in another great cross and Mandzukic again was on hand as the bounce forced him stretch his neck muscles to head into the bottom corner. 

Peresic added the sixth in spectacular style five minutes from the break as the Inter Milan winger stood over the free kick and he gave Simoncini no chance as he curled the set piece into the bottom corner to end a excellent 45 minutes. 

Above: Ivan Rakitic heading the ball in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AFP / Getty Images
Above: Ivan Rakitic heading the ball in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Siege continues 

Their dominance continued into the second period as Barcelona's Rakitic added their seventh five minutes after the restart. Srna completed his hat-trick of assists as his low cross found the running Rakitic who beat the defender and put it beyond the keeper. 

Above: Nikola Kalinic striking home in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AP Photo/Darko Bandic
Above: Nikola Kalinic striking home in Croatia's 10-0 win over San Marino | Photo: AP Photo/Darko Bandic

Perfect end 

Croatia completed their excellent romp as Kalinic added to Mandzukic's first-half hat-trick with his own. 

He poked home his first just before the hour mark and it was simple enough just three minutes after coming on as a ball into area from Muscat wasn't dealt with and it was simple enough to tap into a empty net. 

The second came 17 minutes from the end and it was shambles from Marino as a Peresic corner was not dealt with by Simoncini as he collided with Domagoj Vida and Kalinic was alive to situation to turn and tap home. 

The tenth and final goal came seven minutes from the end and it came from another cross from Peresic came to the near post and Kalinic was there to rifle home high into the net from close range to round off the astounding victory.