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Wednesday 6 February 2013 17:00

Mladen Petrić enjoyed a goalscoring return to the Croatia national team on Wednesday afternoon as he helped his side to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Korea Republic at Craven Cottage.

Strikes from Mario Mandzukic and Darijo Srna had given the Croats a two-goal lead at half-time, at which point a new-look frontline was introduced in the form of Everton forward Nikica Jelavic and Petrić, with both men finding the back of the net in the second period.

“It was a great result,” Mladen told fulhamfc.com after the match. “We played a good game and didn’t allow Korea a lot of chances and we created a lot so it was a good game which was played at a high level. And, of course, I’m very happy to score on my comeback.

“I’m very happy to have played as much as I did, it was a fantastic return. I was waiting two years for that so it’s always nice when you’re able to come back with a goal.

“The manager told me before the game that I would get my chance – at least 45 minutes to play – and I gave everything to show him that I deserve to be in the squad and I hope he’s happy with my performance.”

It was the fifth time the striker has netted at the Cottage this season, although he had to prepare in unusual circumstances as Croatia were designated the away side and forced to use to visiting changing rooms.

“I spoke to the guys at Fulham because I was hoping we’d be allowed to use the home dressing room,” Mladen said. 

“But it wasn’t possible so it was strange! It actually reminded me a little bit of the Europa League Semi-Final when I came here with Hamburg.”