Croatia 1 Germany 2
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The game look destined to end in a draw as Croatia equalised late on before Carsten Ramelow popped up with the decisive strike right at the death.
Rudi Voller's men had taken a first-half lead through Miroslav Klose who opened the scoring on 34 minutes.
Croatia coach Otto Baric made no fewer than five substitutions in the second half as he urged his men to press on for an equaliser.
Mato Neretljak was one of those, coming on for Marko Babic in the 74th minute and 12 minutes later it looked like an astute piece of tactical genius by Baric.
Neretljak claimed a goal to make the scores level at 1-1 to leave the 15,000 fans in attendance expecting a draw from the encounter.
However, it was one of Voller's substitutes who proved to be the hero from the bench as Ramelow netted the winner against the Balkans with just a minute of time left.