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Croatia finish the job against Turkey

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 22.15CET
Croatia 0-0 Turkey (agg: 3-0)
All the hard work was done in Istanbul as Slaven Bilić's side defended a first-leg play-off lead to confirm their place at UEFA EURO 2012.
by Peter Murphy
from Stadion Maksimir

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Match statistics

CroatiaTurkey

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
7
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners9
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
18

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 22.15CET

Croatia finish the job against Turkey

Croatia 0-0 Turkey (agg: 3-0)
All the hard work was done in Istanbul as Slaven Bilić's side defended a first-leg play-off lead to confirm their place at UEFA EURO 2012.

Croatia secured their qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 after a goalless draw against Turkey eased Slaven Bilić's side through following their dominant performance in Istanbul on Friday.

The home side were mostly comfortable in Zagreb against visitors who rarely threatened to haul back the three-goal deficit from the first leg. Aside from a blocked Colin Kazım Richards shot before the break, and a second-half effort from Hamit Altıntop which clipped a post, Croatia always looked the more likely to score and can now look forward to their fourth finals in five attempts.

With Croatia taking such a healthy cushion into the game, coach Bilić's pre-match warnings against complacency looked well-placed as a revamped Turkey side, featuring just three survivors from Friday's game, wasted no time in seeking an opener. Just five minutes in, Selçuk İnan's long-distance strike rebounded back off a post to Kazım Richards, whose reflex shot was parried to safety by Stipe Pletikosa.

Croatia looked rattled from the early scare as Guus Hiddink's team urgently probed for a breakthrough but gradually the home side settled. Ivica Olić chipped just over on 17 minutes, while Gordon Schildenfeld nodded narrowly wide. Approaching the break, the industrious Olić teed up openings first for Mario Mandžukić and then Darijo Srna, both firing wide when well placed.

With time against them, Turkey desperately needed a goal and almost managed one just after the hour. Substitute Gökhan Töre's crossfield pass found Kazım Richards on the right who squared for Hamit Altıntop to fire a low effort which shaved the right post on its way wide.

The near miss only served to rouse Croatia who had been comfortably containing the visitors without committing men forward. A fierce drive on 68 minutes by Ivan Rakitić was tipped round a post by Sinan Bolat, then the Sevilla FC midfielder went even closer with a quarter-hour left.

Surging towards goal, he swapped passes with Mandžukić but saw his point-blank effort thwarted again by Sinat. It mattered little, though, as Croatia saw out time to claim their Poland and Ukraine ticket.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.07CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Turkey

Turkey

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
23
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
3
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
6
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
4
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
Yellow Card45+2
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
6
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop (C)
Yellow Card59
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution88
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
Yellow Card81
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
9
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution71
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
10
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Yellow Card6
Substitution36
13
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
13
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card45+2
Substitution77
18
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution62
19
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
19
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card18
22
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
Yellow Card22

Substitutes

23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
12
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK)
2
LekoJerko Leko
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
4
BuljatJurica Buljat
7
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
9
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution77
11
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
Substitution36
15
IličevićIvo Iličević
15
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
20
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution62
16
Ozan İpekOzan İpek
22
EduardoEduardo
Substitution88
21
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution71

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

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