Turkey started their 2016 European Championship campaign against highly rated Croatian side who produced a dominant first half performance. Turkey had to dig deep to stay in the game but just before the break they conceded when Volkan Babacan failed to judge Modric’s long range effort which found its way into the back of the net. Stunning goal to break the deadlock. Turkey now has a massive job at their hands to get back into the game.
It took 41st minute for Croatia to break the deadlock when Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric scored stunning goal from 25 yard out to put Croatians 1-0 up just before the break. Keeper should have done better but take nothing away from the clean strike by Modric.
Croatia 1-0 Turkey Highlights
[ UEFA Euro 2016 – Sunday, 12 June ]
41′ 0 – 1 Luka Modric scored with a superb 25 yard strike to put Croatia 1-0 up after dominating the first 45 minutes.
Match Highlights (English, 12 minutes)
Match Preview & Team News: Turkey has been improving by every major competition. Their best ever finish in European competition came back in 2008 when they reached the semifinals. Croatia on the other hand has found memories of this stadium when they defeated Holland in the third place playoff in 1998 world cup. On paper Croatia is a better side of the two with the likes of Rakitic, Modric both playing their trade in biggest clubs in spain. While in Mario Mandzukic they have a proven goal scorer.
Turkey had to drop two important players from their squad with Serdar Aziz (injury) and Gokhan Tore (2 game Suspension) missing out while 18 year old Emre Mor was selected who just transfered to Broussia Dortmund for 5million fee. Arda Turan is the key player for Turkey while in Yilmaz they have a quality striker who can score important goals. this is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday.
Match Predictions: On paper they two are very evenly matched side with quality players all around the pitch. However Turkey tend to start major finals slow having lost three of their previous opening games at Euros. Croatia on the other hand will be slightly favourite with such a quality midfield. I am going with a narrow win for Croatia in this one but I won’t be surprised if Turkey pulls of a surprise here.