Gareth Bale was named Man of the Match and Chris Gunter provided the crucial assist as Wales opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Cardiff.
There was a stubborn resistance from Berti Vogts side at the Millennium Stadium, with the main thrusts of Welsh attacking intent coming from the full-backs - Gunter and Bale, the most enterprising players on the pitch.
The breakthrough came eight minutes from time when, in a goalmouth scramble, Gunter managed to squeeze the ball through to Sam Vokes in front of goal, leaving the striker to apply a decisive finish.
Luka Modric was on target for Croatia in a 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan, with Vedran Corluka also in the side. Next up for Croatia is England in Zagreb on Wednesday - Fabio Capello's side recording a 2-0 win against Andorra in Barcelona, where Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley did not feature.