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Italy: Watch as flares and fireworks halt Croatia-Italy Euro 2016 qualifier00:41

Italy: Watch as flares and fireworks halt Croatia-Italy Euro 2016 qualifier

Italy, Milan
November 16, 2014 at 23:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italy's European Championship 2016 qualifier against Croatia was halted for around ten minutes during the second half as dozens of flares and firecrackers thrown on to the pitch by fans filled the stadium with smoke and set off several small fires in Milan’s San Siro stadium on Sunday.

Play was halted in the 75th minute as emergency services took to the pitch to extinguish the small fires and remove debris. Riot police were deployed inside the stadium following the incident, filling the stands holding the Croatian fans, while Croatian coach Niko Kovac took to the pitch to urge fans to restrain from letting off more flares.

The Euro 2016 qualifier was also halted briefly after Croatia's Ivan Perisic equalised in the 15th minute, with smoke filling the stadium as Croatian fans celebrated by hurling flares and firecrackers onto the pitch.

The match ended 1-1, with Italy and Croatia now standing neck-in-neck at ten points each in Group H, with Norway trailing in third place just one point behind. Meanwhile Bulgaria stands at 4 points, Malta at 1, and Azerbaijan in last place with 0.

Italy: Watch as flares and fireworks halt Croatia-Italy Euro 2016 qualifier00:41
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Italy's European Championship 2016 qualifier against Croatia was halted for around ten minutes during the second half as dozens of flares and firecrackers thrown on to the pitch by fans filled the stadium with smoke and set off several small fires in Milan’s San Siro stadium on Sunday.

Play was halted in the 75th minute as emergency services took to the pitch to extinguish the small fires and remove debris. Riot police were deployed inside the stadium following the incident, filling the stands holding the Croatian fans, while Croatian coach Niko Kovac took to the pitch to urge fans to restrain from letting off more flares.

The Euro 2016 qualifier was also halted briefly after Croatia's Ivan Perisic equalised in the 15th minute, with smoke filling the stadium as Croatian fans celebrated by hurling flares and firecrackers onto the pitch.

The match ended 1-1, with Italy and Croatia now standing neck-in-neck at ten points each in Group H, with Norway trailing in third place just one point behind. Meanwhile Bulgaria stands at 4 points, Malta at 1, and Azerbaijan in last place with 0.

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