Croatia sack manager Stimac

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Croatia have sacked their coach Igor Stimac, following a 2-0 defeat by Scotland.

The news comes as Croatia are preparing for a World-Cup play-off to qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.

However, following their defeat at Hampden Park, Stimac said he would offer his resignation.

The Croatian Football Federation have confirmed that former Croatian midfielder Niko Kovac will be placed in temporary charge.

Stimac was appointed head coach of Croatia in July 2012, following the resignation of Slavan Bilic. They started their qualifying campaign well, but have slumped in recent games, and last nights result meant they have lost both home and away to Scotland.

They finished in second place in group A, confirming their play-off spot, but were nine points of group winner Belgium., and only finished three points above third-placed Serbia.

Croatia will need to win their two-legged play-off in November if they are to make it to Brazil next year. They failed to qualify for the 2010 competition in South Africa, after finishing behind England and Ukraine in the qualification group.

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