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  • Turkey 0-3 Croatia: Olic strike, Corluka great-header

    Croatian national team was stepping one foot on the 2012 European Cup finals thanks to 3-0 victory over Turkey in the first leg play-off, Friday (11/12/2011).

    To qualify, Croatia only need a draw in the second leg which will take place in Zagreb, 15 November. Even if defeated by a margin of two goals, then Croatia still cruised to Ukraine-Poland.

    Acting as a guest team, Croatia dominate. They're already ahead in the 2nd minute. Utilizing feedback from Vedran Corluka, Ivica Olic beat goalkeeper Volkan Demirel is able with his header.

    Croatia continues to threaten the Turkish goal. However, they can only be added advantage in the 32nd minute from Mario Mandzukic header, his goal came from the feed Darijo Srna.

    2-0 up was not satisfactory Luka Modric et al. Several times Olic Turkey to threaten the goal. Luckily, Demirel performed quite brilliantly to defend his goal is not conceded more goals in the first half.

    Seeing his team bombarded the opponent, coach Guus Hiddink made the changes, Gokhan Tore replacing Gokhan Gonul at the beginning of the second half. The results remain the same. Croatia even able to score additional goals in the 51st minute, again through the header. This time the actor is Corluka. He is capable of using bait Srna.

    Winning three goals, Croatia began to lose their power press. Meanwhile, Turkey remains unable to send a threat to the Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa guarded. Position 3-0 to Croatia advantage persisted until the end of the game.

    Team Line-up:

    Turkey: Volkan Demirel, Sabri Sarioglu, Egeman Korkmaz, Hakan Kadir Balta, Remzi Giray Kacar, Gokhan Gonul (Gokhan Tore 46), Hamit Altintop, Belözoğlu Emre, Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan (Mehmet Topal 68), Burak Yilmaz (Umut Bulut 81 ).

    Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa, Josip Simunic, Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Gordon Schildenfeld, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Rakitic (Danijel Pranjic 83), Luka Modric, Tomislav Dujmovic, Ivica Olic (Nikica Jelavic 85), Mario Mandzukic (Eduardo 90).


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