ZAGREB - Former Arsenal striker Eduardo hit two goals as Croatia came back from 1-0 down to defeat Israel 3-1 in Euro 2012 Group F qualifying on Tuesday.
Israel opened the scoring through Tomer Hemed after he capitalised on a pass from Yossi Benayoun a minute before half-time.
Croatia coach Slaven Bilic threw caution to the wind at half-time, bringing on Eduardo and midfielder Tomislav Dujmovic.
Luka Modric equalised for the home team with a cracking long-range shot in the 47th minute and Israel were reduced to 10 men four minutes later when defender Tal Ben Haim was sent off for a vicious tackle on Eduardo.
Substitute Eduardo made it 2-1 after pouncing on a superb pass from Modric in the 55th minute and he sealed victory two minutes later by heading in a cross from captain Darijo Srna.
"We showed character and quality," Srna said.
High-flying Croatia now have 19 points from eight games while Israel have 13 points from nine matches.comments