Turkey will be taking on Croatia in the Group D on Sunday in the Euro 2016.
Will Croatia defeat Turkey again?
Turkey finished third in group stage of Euro qualifiers. Against Iceland, Turkey’s Selcuk Inan take a free-kick at the 89th minute in Konya.
After the defeat of Iceland and Czech Republic, followed by a draw in Latvia, Turkey has secured its place. But it was the victory over the Netherlands by 3-0 and 2-0 triumph over Prague that secured their place. Turkey will enter Euro 2016 with full of momentum gained in last matches.
Four victories out of five in 2016 for Turkey and lost only one in England at the end of May.
They have improved on their performance at every time they had appeared in European Championship. They were knocked out in the group stage in 1996, then they progressed to quarter-finals in 2000 and ultimately semi-finals in 2008.
Turkey has lost all three of their friendly games at European Championship finals. Turkey has beaten Croatia one time on penalties at European Championship in 2008.
Croatia had lost only one game in Norway from Group H. Croatia had beaten Norway 5-1 in their home fixture; two matches ended with 1-1 draws against Italy.
In their final warm-up match, Croatia beat San Marino 10-0 recently before the Euro starts. It will definitely boost their morale. They have not lost any match since qualifying. They have defeated Russia, Israel and Moldova and drawing 1-1 with Hungary in the intervening friendlies.
Croatia were the runners-up in qualifying Group H, behind Italy
Both sides has faced each other six times. Croatia takes the lead with two victories and four games were drawn.
In 1996 Euro, the only other encounter at a major tournament. Goran Vlaovic’s goal helped Croatia to register a 1-0 win at the City Ground in Nottingham.
Turkey will be a little bit disappointed as they have lost all three of their opening games at Euro 2016.
At Euros, the Turks have scored eight times in their last four.
After Portugal’s Renato Snaches and England’s Marcus Rashford, Emre Mor, 18, is the third-youngest player at Euro 2016.
They have not lost any game in eight competitive games (W5, D3). They have suffered a 2-1 home defeat by the Czech Republic in 2014.
Croatia has won four games of their last six group games at the European Championship (W4, D1).
Three of Croatia’s four goals at Euro 2012 was scored by Mario Mandzukic.
The most chances created by Belgium’s Kevin de Bruyne (37) and Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic is on the second position created 35 chances during Euro 2016 qualifying.
Both teams will be looking forward to gaining three points to get their tricky campaigns underway and will try to open their Euro campaign with a win in the opening game. Turkey has struggled to find their form in recent games, and Croatia will try to continue his form.
As per the current form
Croatia 2 Turkey 0
Goalkeepers: Harun Tekin, Volkan Babacan, Onur Kıvrak
Defenders: Ahmet Çalık, Gökhan Gönül, Şener Özbayraklı, Mehmet Topal, Semih Kaya, Hakan Balta, Caner Erkin, İsmail Köybaşı
Midfielders: Volkan Şen, Emre Mor, Nuri Şahin, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Hakan Çalhanoğu, Ozan Tufan, Arda Turan, Selçuk İnan, Olcay Şahan.
Forwards: Burak Yılmaz, Yunus Mallı. Cenk Tosun
Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Ivan Vargic, Danijel Subasic
Defenders: Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Gordon Schildenfeld, Tin Jedvaj
Midfielders: Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Marko Rog, Milan Badelj, Ante Coric
Forwards: Nikola Kalinic, Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca, Andrej Kramaric, Duje Cop