Round-up: Kramaric completes Croatia comeback, Piatek rescues Poland
Croatia were forced to dig deep as they came from behind to beat unfancied Azerbaijan 2-1 at home in their opening Euro 2020 Group E qualifier after forward Andrej Kramaric scored a 79th winner on Thursday.
The Croatians dominated from the start at Maksimir stadium but the Azeris stunned the vocal home crowd when forward Ramil Sheydaev gave them a 19th-minute lead with a superb goal.
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Duje Caleta-Car saw his header from a corner cleared off the line by Dmitri Nazarov but Borna Barisic was well placed to scramble home the equaliser from close range in the 44th.
Salahat Agayev dealt with a flurry of crosses from either flank as the packed visiting defence came under relentless pressure but he could do nothing about Kramaric's sumptuous strike.
A ricochet off a defender fell kindly for the striker, who side-stepped his marker before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner from 15 metres to delight the home fans.
In the group's other fixture, Slovakia eased to a 2-0 home win against Hungary thanks to midfielder Ondrej Duda's first-half opener and Albert Rusnak's 85th-minute goal in Trnava.
On Sunday, Wales open their Group E campaign at home to Slovakia while Croatia visit Hungary.
Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek continued his prolific season by scoring 10 minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 1-0 win away to Austria.
The 23-year-old's goal, his second for his country, also gave Poland coach Jerzy Brzeczek his first win at the seventh attempt since taking over following last year's World Cup.