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    Czech Rep


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    Rep of Ire




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Stadion Maksimir

Referee: Pedro Proenca | Attendance: 34000

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2nd leg: 3 - 0 (Agg)

Croatia cruise into finals

Croatia cruised into next year's European Championship finals after playing out a goalless draw against Turkey in Zagreb four days after their decisive 3-0 first-leg win in Istanbul.

Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic and Vedran Corluka had all scored to make tonight's game a virtual formality, although Croatia boss Slaven Bilic insisted his side's job remained only half done.

Despite a brave Turkish bid for an away win the Croatians held firm and qualification for their third consecutive continental finals - and revenge for their Euro 2008 quarter-final loss to the Turks - was secured.

Turkey had poured forward from the start in a desperate bid to put the hosts under pressure, with Colin Kazim-Richards firing a 25-yard effort against the post in the fourth minute.

Kazim-Richards also brought a save out of Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa in the 10th minute but the home side found space behind the Turkish defence and Olic was first to come close two minutes later.

Resorting to shots from long range, Hamit Altintop brought a save out of Pletikosa from 30 yards, but Ivan Rakitic missed a fine chance to put Croatia in front and Luka Modric brought a save out of Sinan Bolat in the Turkish goal.

Rakitic missed the target again on the half hour and Altintop came close at the other end before Croatia finished the first half strongest with both Mandzukic and Dario Srna firing over the bar.

Chances were less forthcoming after the break, with the Turks seemingly resigned to their fate, and as frustration crept in Altintop was one of the visiting players booked for a foul on Modric.

Ivan Perisic came close for Croatia just past the hour then the busy Bolat saved from Rakitic and Srna before pulling off his best stop of the night to tip another Rakitic effort around the post.

Croatia looked much the more likely to break the deadlock, with Josip Simunic shooting just wide from Srna corner and the busy Rakitic seeing his shot from the right flank blocked by Egeman Korkmaz in the box.

With the Croatian fans beginning to cheer every move, the hosts were content to play down the clock with few more chances of note in the final minutes, a wide Altintop free-kick the last action of a disappointing night.

Scoring Summary

  • Croatia
  • Turkey

Match Stats

  • Croatia
  • Turkey
18(10) Shots (on goal) 7(3)
15 Fouls 15
9 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 3
47% Time of Possession 53%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 7


  • Croatia
  • Turkey
Yellow Cards
Domagoj Vida (18')
Mario Mandzukic (45 + 2')