Croatian national television broadcast today images of fans who, despite freezing temperatures, spent hours queueing outside ticket kiosks in downtown Zagreb waiting for tickets to the 22 March FIFA World Cup™ qualifier between neighbours and rivals Serbia to be released.
The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) is set to release approximately 24,000 tickets for this Group A qualifier and said it expected them to sell out during the day. A portion of this allotment will be made available for sale on the Internet. The venue can accommodate roughly 38,000 spectators. "For this match there is huge interest that exceeds the capacity of the Maksimir stadium several times," the HNS said on its Facebook page.
The HNS and its Serbian counterpart, the Football Association of Serbia (FSS), have decided that only home fans would be admitted to the matches. The return match is to be played on 6 September in Belgrade.
The European qualifying zone Group A also features Belgium, Macedonia, Scotland and Wales. Croatia are currently second in this group with ten points, Serbia are sitting on four points in third, while Belgium is at the top of the table also with ten points but leading on goal differential.