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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 22:07 GMT 23:07 UK
Kranjcar silent over Poll display
Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar
Croatia boss Zlatko Kranjcar was angry at the goals scored against his side but refused to comment on English referee Graham Poll after the 2-2 draw.

Croatia's Dario Simic and Australia's Brett Emerton were sent off before Josip Simunic was finally dismissed after being shown three yellow cards.

He said: "One goal was perhaps offside, the other possibly wasn't a penalty.

"We are sad but we must look to the future. I don't want to comment on the referee. We missed our chances."

Australia fought back twice to deny Croatia a place in the last 16 of the World Cup as Guus Hiddink's side finished runners-up to Brazil in Group F.

Australia got the result they wanted and that's all there is to it

Croatia boss Zlatko Kranjcar
Croatia had gone ahead after just two minutes when Darijo Srna's blistering free-kick rocketed into the back of the net.

But Craig Moore equalised with a penalty before Harry Kewell cancelled out Nico Kovac's strike.

"We didn't play the way we wanted to after an early lead," added Kranjcar, whose side leave the tournament without a win.

"My players sat back on it although I instructed them otherwise. Australia got the result they wanted and that's all there is to it.

"We missed our chance to secure a second round berth against Japan (0-0). If we had won there, a draw would have been enough for us."

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