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EC Qualification

  • November 15, 2011
  • • 2:05 PM
  • • Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
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Croatia win Aggregate 3 - 0

Euro 2012 Playoff Preview: Croatia - Turkey

Euro 2012 Playoff Preview: Croatia - Turkey

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The two sides travel to Zagreb with Slaven Bilic's men already holding a seemingly unassailable lead thanks to a 3-0 victory in Istanbul over Hiddink's side on Friday.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CROATIA


Pletikosa
Vida, Simunic, Schildenfeld, Pamic
Srna, Modric, Vukojevic, Perisic
Olic, Mandzukic

TURKEY

Turkey

Sinan
Serkan, Omer, Egemen, Ismail
Gokhan Tore, Hamit, Ozan, Topal, Caner
Burak


Vedran Corluka and Tomislav Dujmovic both picked up bookings that will rule them out of the second-leg clash, meaning that Manuel Pamic could be handed a debut at left back, while Ognjen Vukojevic may slot in alongside Luka Modric in the heart of midfield. Dejan Lovren and Sime Vrsaljiko remain sidelined.

Guus Hiddink will shuffle his pack in Zagreb, and many of the names who featured in the 3-0 loss will not play in Croatia. The Dutchman has pledged to give the youngsters a chance, meaning Sinan Bolat could start ahead of Volkan, while suspensions to Hakan Balta, Arda Turan, Emre Belozoglu and Sabri Sarioglu could hand the likes of Ismail Koybasi, Gokhan Tore, Ozan Ipek and Caner Erkin a chance.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Croatia's 3-0 first-leg victory over Turkey in Istanbul on Friday ensured that Guus Hiddink's side has never beaten the 1998 World Cup semi-finalists in normal time.
  • Slaven Bilic (pictured) has the highest win percentage of any Croatia coach who has taken charge of the nation in over 10 games.
  • The Yugoslavia national football team also had an exceptional record against Turkey, losing just once - in a 1931 Balkan Cup tie.
  • If selected, Turkey's Gokhan Tore will make his first start for his nation.
  • Turkey's Hamit Altintop and Croatia's Ivica Olic were both part of the Bayern Munich team that made it to the Champions League final in 2010.

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