Croatia took all three points in their opening group game at the Parc de Prices. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was the scorer of a sensational dipping volley that won in for the Croats. But what did I think to the performance of both sides?
Luka Modric can strike then. Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric scored arguable the goal of the tournament to give Croatia all there points. Now of Real Madrid, Modric is primarily known for his passing skills, but being one of the best midfielders to grace the pitch at Euro 2016, his dipping volley shows a new side to the floppy haired Croatian’s skill-set.
Vedran Corluka is one hard man. So often these days you see footballers crumble to the ground in pain, even a slight scrape can fall some of the Worlds best. Croatia centre half Vedran Corluka is a totally different story. When the powerful defender received an elbow to the head during the first half, his head was heavily bandaged. With blood pouring from the wound, his head had to bed retreated a further two times throughout the 90 minutes. He would go on to complete the full match keeping a crucial clean sheet for his side.
At the other end of the field Marcelo Brozovic looked to be one of Croatia’s biggest attacking threats. The 23-year-old spent the majority of last campaign on loan at Inter Milan, and could yet be in line for a permanent move. Unfortunately for the Croats Brozovic’s opportunities arrived on his head and rarely troubled the Turkey goal. But if he can grow into a more central role, he could be one to watch in the coming weeks.
A final note on Turkey. If they want to progress to the knockout stages they will need to find a focal point to lead the attack. Although Cenk Tosun managed to hustle his way into goal scoring positions, he lacked the criticality needed at this level. Buruk Yilmaz, who has recently moved to China, may be preferred to Tosun for his goal scoring record in a Turkey shirt.
Final Score Turkey 0-1 Croatia
Man of the match Marcelo Brozovic