Ten-goal Croatia score record win over San Marino
Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic grabbed hat-tricks as Croatia achieved a record win as an independent nation by demolishing San Marino 10-0 in their final Euro 2016 warm-up match in Rijeka on Saturday.
Thrashing the hapless part-timers meant the hosts surpassed 7-0 victories over Andorra in a Euro 2008 qualifier and Australia in a friendly in 1998.
"I want to congratulate the players for their commitment. They were poised and hungry to score as many goals as they could," said coach Ante Cacic.
"The idea was to build a positive atmosphere ahead of Euro 2016 and we accomplished that. I am especially pleased with the strikers' form because it's paramount for their confidence to score goals."
The visitors held out for 20 minutes before the floodgates opened and Croatia surged into a 6-0 halftime lead at the Rujevica Stadium.
Although San Marino were little more than a punch bag for the home side and rarely got out of their own half, the goal bonanza will boost Croatia's confidence ahead of Euro 2016 in France that starts next week.
Luca Modric playing for Croatia against San marinoReuters
"It was little more than a practice session but we took it very seriously," said Perisic.
Croatia have been drawn in Group D alongside holders Spain, Czech Republic and Turkey.