Euro 2016: Turkey vs Croatia… Live

by | Jun 12, 2016

Good afternoon everybody. It’s been a pretty dismal couple of days if you’re any nation other than Welsh, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for a chink of sunlight this afternoon, with a further three games to be played. And first up is the Group D match between Turkey and Croatia from the Parc des Princes. Turkey qualified for the finals of this tournament by one of the more unique available methods. As the top positioned third placed team, they proceeded without having to go through the play-offs, after having finished behind the Czech Republic and Iceland in their qualifying group, a somewhat fortuitous gap to fall between when we consider what happened to one or two of the fancied teams in those play-offs.

The Croatian team at this year’s tournament seem to be witnessing a revival of that old canard, the Dark Horse. They qualified as group runners-up behind Italy and with such talent as Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric at their disposal, it becomes understandable as to why this should be. Due to the quirks of scheduling, by the way, the other match from this group will be played tomorrow. This match, meanwhile, is being played at Parc des Princes. On the northern outskirts of Paris – the ground stands on top of the Peripherique, the city’s ring road – the former home of French football, now usurped by the Stade de France, has been significantly renovated, although it retains its brutalist concrete curves. And Paris St Germain don’t look like going anywhere at the moment.

We’ll be back shortly before the 2.00 kick-off time with the team news.

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Ian June 12, 20161:46 pm

*Rushes in, throws coat on the floor, pulls off trousers*

I made it back, just in time.

Edward June 12, 20161:47 pm

Good afternoon, soccer fanatics. I’m fresh from battling my way desperately to finish the latest panel of the Eureux Tapestry, which will be up on the site later. If you can hardly wait, you can also find it on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/dotmundart. Phew.

Football, then. Croatia and Turkey are set to play at the Parc des Princes. I’m looking forward to this one, as both teams tend to be fairly stylish outfits who save their best for tournaments like this one.
Ian June 12, 20161:48 pm

Teams!

Turkey: Volkan; Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Balta, Caner; Oguzhan, Ozan Tufan; Selcuk, Hakan Çalhanoglu, Arda Turan; Cenk.

Croatia: Subasic; Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic; Badelj, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic; Mandzukic.

Edward June 12, 20161:48 pm

Good afternoon, soccer fanatics. I’m fresh from battling my way desperately to finish the latest panel of the Eureux Tapestry, which will be up on the site later. If you can hardly wait, you can also find it on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/dotmundart. Phew.

Football, then. Croatia and Turkey are set to play at the Parc des Princes. I’m looking forward to this one, as both teams tend to be fairly stylish outfits who save their best for tournaments like this one.

David Black June 12, 20161:53 pm

Afternoon all, I reckon this one could be an absolute belter. Not just because Slaven Bilic has spent the last 5 minutes savaging Turkey’s defence

Edward June 12, 20161:54 pm

Good afternoon, soccer fanatics. I’m fresh from battling my way desperately to finish the latest panel of the Eureux Tapestry, which will be up on the site later. If you can hardly wait, you can also find it on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/dotmundart. Phew.

Football, then. Croatia and Turkey are set to play at the Parc des Princes. I’m looking forward to this one, as both teams tend to be fairly stylish outfits who save their best for tournaments like this one. They also played out a lunatic quarter final in 2008, where both teams broke a 119 minute deadlock in the final minute of the match before Turkey went through on penalties. Slaven Bilic was the Croatia manager back then, today he is in the ITV studio desperately trying not to swear. Given his current proximity to Glenn Hoddle, I don’t like his chances.

George Young June 12, 20161:58 pm

Last time I saw these two play, Bilic’s Croats pumped Hiddink’s Turks 3-0 in Turkey in the 2012 play-offs. Turkey didn’t even have a defence for Bilic to savage that night.

Edward June 12, 20162:01 pm

People are walking into the house over the road carrying box after box of bananas. Either they are moving in and the box design is incidental, or they’ve got a pet gorilla in there. I hope it is that one.

David Black June 12, 20162:01 pm

Oh good it’s Andy Townsend and Sam Matterface. Said nobody ever.

Edward June 12, 20162:03 pm

There seem to be a very large and vocal contingent of Turkish support inside the stadium, a fact that will no doubt not have bypassed the note of Boris Johnson.

David Black June 12, 20162:05 pm

I forgot Corluka was a thing. Good for him.

Edward June 12, 20162:07 pm

The first good foul, as Ozan Tufan clatters Luca Modric. The referee shows a sensible amount of restraint. It’s a reminder of how short Luca Modric is.

David Black June 12, 20162:08 pm

It was a proper tackle. Thoroughly debunking the myth that you can’t kick what you can’t see.

Edward June 12, 20162:10 pm

My girlfriend just walked into the room as the Turkish goalkeeper kicked the ball upfield, said “pink”, turned and walked out of the room. This is the level of analysis to which I aspire.

David Black June 12, 20162:11 pm

They’ve burst a ball already, which is incredible when you consider they’ve spent most of the opening 10 minutes kicking each other

Ian June 12, 20162:11 pm

Today’s match, according to ITV, seems to be sponsored by my television set.

Edward June 12, 20162:13 pm

A fairly predictable start. Croatia want to control the ball in the middle and move it around with a mixture of patience and cutting creativity; Turkey want to get at their opponents and attack whenever they can. And at all times in between, both teams plan to kick each other.

Edward June 12, 20162:17 pm

All but six of the Turkish squad play their club football in Turkey. Of the others, three are German-based, Ardan Turan plays in Spain and Burak Yilmaz plays in China. The other is Emre Mor, their most promising young player, who plays in Denmark for FC Nordsjælland. Although probably not for very much longer.

The Croatian squad, on the other hand, is all based abroad with just six exceptions.

Edward June 12, 20162:20 pm

All but six of the Turkish squad play their club football in Turkey. Of the others, three are German-based, Ardan Turan plays in Spain and Burak Yilmaz plays in China. The other is Emre Mor, their most promising young player, who plays in Denmark for FC Nordsjælland. Although probably not for very much longer.

The Croatian squad, on the other hand, is all based abroad with just six exceptions. The starting XI today represent none of these players.

Edward June 12, 20162:25 pm

Most of the best attacks so far have come down Croatia’s right hand side, mostly from crosses by Dario Srna, the captain and right back, who has chosen to wear the number 11 shirt just to piss me off.

Edward June 12, 20162:28 pm

Andy Townsend is trending on Twitter in the UK, which I think is a pretty accurate summary of events so far. Croatia look far more likely to score, but it’s a relative thing.

David Black June 12, 20162:29 pm

Where did that come from? Turkey should probably be in front

Edward June 12, 20162:32 pm

Out of nowhere, Turkey nearly open the scoring via Ozan Tufan. The floater was chucked in from the right and Ozan wandered between his two markers for a free header. Like 90% of the finishes at the tournament so far, however, it was straight at the goalkeeper. Should be one-nil.

George Young June 12, 20162:33 pm

That looked more like head-to-elbow than the other way round but Corluka has a very bloody red face, Cenk a yellow card.

David Black June 12, 20162:34 pm

He has been BUSTED WIDE OPEN. If this was a first blood match, it would be over. But it isn’t.

Edward June 12, 20162:34 pm

Vedran Corluka has been caught on the top of the head by Cenk Tosun. A fairly innocuous looking challenge that is pissing blood in the way head injuries are wont to do. Corluka heads off to be Terry Butchered and Cenk is maybe a little unlucky to become the game’s first booking. Especially considering all the other challenges we’ve seen so far.

Edward June 12, 20162:35 pm

Corluka returns to action, looking like a cotton bud, or one of the Coneheads. I anticipate this particular blood injury saga will last until he can be properly stitched up at half time.

George Young June 12, 20162:37 pm

Croatia making a strong bid to dethrone Slovakia for the worst haircuts in the tournament through Vida’s pony-tail-and-shaved-sides combo and Perisic’s strange inscriptions (some say runes) etched into the side of his head, which appear to be his squad number and a map of his homeland.

David Black June 12, 20162:41 pm

GOAL! Such a mighty wallop

Edward June 12, 20162:45 pm

Turkey clear the ball out of their penalty area in a graceful parabolic arc, straight into the path of Luka Modric, who doesn’t even blink before dispatching the ball back from whence it came. The Turkish goalkeeper will probably wonder if he could have done better (probably) but it was a characteristically outstanding hit from Modric. 1-0 to Croatia, 41 minutes played.

George Young June 12, 20162:46 pm

In cricketing parlance, Modric yorked the goalkeeper there. Wonderful goal.

Edward June 12, 20162:51 pm

Half time in Paris. Croatia deservedly lead, but they mustn’t lose sight of the fact that it could easily be 1-1, as a result of their one and only lapse of concentration.

Edward June 12, 20163:05 pm

We’re back under way. Vedran Corluka has now been corked.

Edward June 12, 20163:11 pm

The half time talk in the Turkish dressing room seems to have revolved around the fact they didn’t think they were tackling hard enough. This is potentially injurious to health. Also, their chances of getting back into the game. Rakitic is brought down 25 yards out and Dario Srna, who has been excellent today in spite of being older than me, sees the resulting free kick just ping off the top of the crossbar.

David Black June 12, 20163:14 pm

Srna is pretty much playing as a right winger now. Totally one way traffic

Edward June 12, 20163:14 pm

Ignore everything I just said. Perisic causes all kinds of havoc in the Turkish area with a cross from the left, which the goalkeeper can only flap back out into the path of Srna. Alas, the captain pulls his shot at the empty goal wide of the right post. If Turkey plan to be as snide as Russia were last night, Croatia could still regret this.

David Black June 12, 20163:15 pm

Corluka is leaking again

Edward June 12, 20163:17 pm

Corluka has re-entered the field of play, this time in a blue swimming cap. Truly, his match has been a veritable summer look book.

Ian June 12, 20163:18 pm

What’s the deal with Corluka’s noggin, then? Was it him that they bandaged up King Tut in the first half?

David Black June 12, 20163:19 pm

Corluka now looks a bit like Basil Fawlty in “The Germans” episode of Fawlty Towers but his bandage is blue rather than white

George Young June 12, 20163:20 pm

He head-butted Cenk’s elbow and came off worse. Could do with the sort of stitches I remember Jaap Stam getting in Euro 2000.

David Black June 12, 20163:23 pm

So Yilmaz sounds like the Turkish Kyle Lafferty. Can’t get a game at club level but integral to the National team

Edward June 12, 20163:26 pm

Turkey have looked pretty devoid of ideas so far, it will be interesting to see if the substitution can change their fortunes. The withdrawn player, a little surprisingly perhaps, is their talismanic captain Arda Turan. Croatia continue to batter at their opponents door. Somehow the score remains 1-0 but a second goal should be conclusive.

David Black June 12, 20163:27 pm

Has Emre Mor signed for Dortmund since you gave him the big build up an hour ago, Edward?

Edward June 12, 20163:28 pm

Here comes Emre Mor. This boy is a bit special, or so go the rumblings. The crowd certainly seem excited by the prospect. Turkey need something, they have been very disappointing this afternoon.

Edward June 12, 20163:36 pm

Corluka has now reverted to the white bandage, the blue one presumably having filled up. Croatia’s determination to persist with Corluka makes me wonder whether or not they forgot to pick any other defenders, like Roy Hodgson did.

Edward June 12, 20163:39 pm

Quite how Brozevic or Ivan Perisic have contrived to not add to Croatia’s lead in the second half I don’t know, but the longer it goes on the more potential there is for a completely unjustifiable loss of two points today.

David Black June 12, 20163:48 pm

This has been the most one sided 1-0 since last night

George Young June 12, 20163:48 pm

Croatia possibly the first team I’ve seen at this tournament who really look like a team. Impressive but wasteful, bit like England in that sense.

George Young June 12, 20163:53 pm

The referee has done really well to keep a lid on this match which could easily have got a bit jaunty in more officious hands.

Edward June 12, 20163:55 pm

Full time: Turkey 0-1 Croatia. The score doesn’t reflect the comfort of Croatia’s win and this may be something of a concern for the management. However, unlike England last night, they did manage to get across the line. Turkey, on the other hand,were very poor: hard tackling and lacking in any real creative bite. Their one real chance could have earned them a point thanks to their opponents’ wastefulness, but it’s not a lot to hang your hopes on with Spain and the Czechs still to come.

David Black June 12, 20163:55 pm

It’s over. Corluka’s ran out of blood to lose so it’s probably just as well