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Croatia leave it late against Turkey

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.40CET
Turkey 0-1 Croatia
Goran Vlaović scored a splendid breakaway goal with four minutes left to send Miroslav Blaževic's team top of Group D after the first round of fixtures.
Croatia leave it late against Turkey
Goran Vlaović celebrates his goal for Croatia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyCroatia

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.40CET

Croatia leave it late against Turkey

Turkey 0-1 Croatia
Goran Vlaović scored a splendid breakaway goal with four minutes left to send Miroslav Blaževic's team top of Group D after the first round of fixtures.

Goran Vlaović struck four minutes from time to earn Croatia a 1-0 victory against Turkey in their opening fixture of the tournament.

Group D rivals Portugal had lit up the tournament with a vibrant display against Denmark two days earlier, but were held to a 1-1 draw which meant Croatia went top of the section thanks to this triumph. It looked unlikely to come for much of the game, with Faith Terim's team often appearing the more comfortable in possession. They were without anyone to provide a killer pass, however, and were made to pay late on when Vlaović capped off a splendid breakaway goal.

Buoyed by a hugely vociferous support, Turkey were bereft of any semblance of cutting edge and failed to make a chance of note throughout. Their opponents, also making their finals debut, were disappointing in their own right, with many of their stellar names failing to live up to their billing.

Vlaović at least showed sufficient alertness to latch on to Tolunay Kafkas's lax back pass but was unable to find a way past the talented Rüstü Reçber. The Croatia No19 did far better the next time he was in sight of the target, though, sprinting on to Aljoša Asanović's glorious reverse ball and past Alpay Özalan before rounding the Turkey goalkeeper to score. It was a dramatic moment for a player who had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain just six months earlier.

Last updated: 19/01/12 17.32CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Croatia

Croatia

22
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
1
LadićDražen Ladić (GK)
3
Alpay ÖzalanAlpay Özalan
3
JarniRobert Jarni
4
İnceefeVedat İnceefe
4
ŠtimacIgor Štimac
5
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
5
JerkanNikola Jerkan
8
TemizkanoğluOgün Temizkanoğlu (C)
6
BilićSlaven Bilić
9
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
7
AsanovićAljoša Asanović
Yellow Card40
13
ZaferRahim Zafer
8
ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
16
Sergen YalçınSergen Yalçın
9
ŠukerDavor Šuker
Substitution90
17
ErcanAbdullah Ercan
10
BobanZvonimir Boban (C)
Yellow Card55
Substitution57
18
Arif ErdemArif Erdem
Substitution82
11
BokšićAlen Bokšić
Substitution73
19
KafkasTolunay Kafkas
Yellow Card31
Substitution89
13
StanićMario Stanić

Substitutes

7
Hami MandıralıHami Mandıralı
Substitution82
2
JurčevićNikola Jurčević
14
Saffet SancaklıSaffet Sancaklı
Substitution89
12
MrmićMarijan Mrmić (GK)
1
ErkanAdnan Erkan (GK)
14
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
Substitution57
Yellow Card90
2
ÇetinRecep Çetin
15
PavličićDubravko Pavličić
Substitution90
6
SağlamErtuğrul Sağlam
16
MladenovićMladen Mladenović
10
ÇetinOğuz Çetin
17
PamićIgor Pamić
11
Orhan ÇıkırıkçıOrhan Çıkırıkçı
18
BrajkovićElvis Brajković
12
YiğitFaruk Yiğit
19
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution73
Goal86
15
KorkutTayfun Korkut
20
ŠimićDario Šimić
20
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz
21
CvitanovićIgor Cvitanović
21
GöymenŞanver Göymen (GK)
22
GabrićTonči Gabrić (GK)

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Miroslav Blaževic (CRO)

Referee

Serge Muhmenthaler (SUI)

Assistant referees

Ernst Felder (SUI), Martin Freiburghaus (SUI)

Fourth official

Urs Meier (SUI)

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