Our National Team hosted Croatia in Bursa in EURO 2024 Qualification Group D. The guest team won the match 2-0 as a result of the goals they found in the first half.
Goals leading Croatia to victory; 20. and 45+4. It came from Mateo Kovacic in minutes.
Defeating Armenia 2-1 in the away game in their first match, the National team remained on 3 points, while Croatia, which drew with Wales in the first match, rose to 4 points.
MINUTES FROM THE MATCH
Livakovic didn’t let me!
Salih Özcan, who interfered with Marcelo Brozovic’s pass in the Croatian half in the 5th minute, saw Cengiz Ünder, who was in a very good position. Dominik Livakovic did not allow the goal when Cengiz Ünder hit the right diagonal inside the penalty area with his left foot in a suitable position.
Cengiz Ünder, who met the ball on the right wing in the 7th minute, got away from his opponents and made an effective shot with his left foot from the right diagonal outside the penalty area, but the ball went out by a small margin.
In the 10th minute, the Croatian defense intervened in the long pass of Hakan Çalhanoğlu to Kerem Aktürkoğlu, but then, with the pressure of Enes Ünal, our National Team won the ball. Kerem Aktürkoğlu’s effective shot from the left diagonal with his right foot was saved by the goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, who sent him to the corner.
This time we got offside
In the 11th minute, in the corner used by our National Team from the right, Kerem Aktürkoğlu touched the ball on the back post, which Çağlar Söyüncü dropped with his head, and the ball went into the net, but the ball that went into the nets, the goal did not become valid due to the offside.
In the 16th minute, Ferdi Kadıoğlu tried to clear Borna Barisic’s center from the left with his head, but the ball was in front of Josip Stanisic. Stanisic got the ball on his left foot in the right diagonal inside the penalty area, and his shot went away.
They scored on the first shot on target.
GOAL | Josip Stanisic, who was moving on the right wing in Croatia in the 20th minute, passed Mario Pasalic in the penalty area and Ivan Perisic. Mateo Kovacic’s shot on the free ball, which we could not clear, went to our nets as Croatia’s first shot in the game: 0-1.
Croatia’s defense intervened in the 28th minute, when Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s pass to Kerem Aktürkoğlu. Josip Stanisic had turned to his goalkeeper when the ball that Dominik Livakovic wanted to forward hit Enes Ünal, who was putting pressure on him. Afterwards, Enes Ünal wanted to pass the ball to Kerem Aktürkoğlu inside, but Dominik Livakovic became the owner of six cake balls.
Moving with the ball from the right wing in the 32nd minute, Josip Stanisic made his shot by entering up to six passes, but Mert Günok did not allow the goal.
In the 33rd minute, Cengiz Ünder’s middle towards Enes Ünal was moved away by the Croatian defense, while Orkun Kökçü’s kick to the ball, which was opened outside the penalty area, bounced off the defense and went to the corner.
Hakan could not continue
SUBSTITUTION | In the 38th minute, the captain of our National Team, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, came to the side with great sadness due to his injury and was replaced by İsmail Yüksek.
In the last minute of overtime…
GOAL | 45+4. Croatia won the ball as Ismail Yüksek could not control the ball as he wanted in the middle of the minute, and the crowd came quickly. Goalkeeper Mert Günok saved Mario Pasalic’s shot from the left diagonal inside the penalty area, while Mateo Kovacic found the nets in the empty goal: 0-2.
The first half of the match ended with Croatia’s 2-0 advantage.
After a wall pass with Andrej Kramaric in the 54th minute, Mateo Kovacic’s shot from inside the penalty area hit the defense and opened to the right wing. On the right wing, Josip Stanisic’s kick in the penalty area was blocked by Çağlar Söyüncü, who intercepted Mario Pasalic’s kick in front of the ball.
Ferdi Kadıoğlu, who entered the penalty area in the 56th minute, remained on the ground as a result of his position with Josip Sutalo. The referee of the match, Andreas Ekberg, decided to continue the position, which he then communicated with VAR.
Critical save from Mert
In the 58th minute, Luka Modric’s six shots from the right wing to the middle of Mario Pasalic’s shot from close range, Mert Günok critically saved and sent him to the corner.
SARI KART | In the 62nd minute, Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was shown a yellow card for delaying the start of the game despite receiving a warning in the previous minutes.
SUBSTITUTION | In the 65th minute, Josip Juranovic replaced Mario Pasalic in Croatia.
Two changes in our National Team
SUBSTITUTION | Orkun Kökçü and Kerem Aktürkoğlu came to the side in the 67th minute, while Arda Güler and Barış Alper Yılmaz joined the game.
SARI KART | In the 69th minute, Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol received a yellow card after his harsh intervention against Zeki Çelik.
In the 71st minute, Cengiz Ünder’s kick to the far corner with his left foot from the right diagonal outside the penalty area went away.
Coming out of his own half in the 77th minute, Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic moved on the left wing, and Ivan Perisic passed the ball to Andrej Kramaric outside the penalty area. Kramaric’s left foot went awry.
Merih Demiral’s head shot was not effective in the free kick we used with Cengiz Ünder in the 78th minute and the goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic stayed.
SUBSTITUTION | Enes Ünal and Cengiz Ünder of our National Team came to the side in the 81st minute, while Umut Nayir and Cenk Tosun were included in the game.
came out with applause
SUBSTITUTION | In the 84th minute, Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric and Luka Modric came aside, while Petar Musa and Lovro Majer were included in the game. While Luka Modric was applauded by the stands as he left the game, the star player responded with applause.
In the 85th minute, after Cenk Tosun’s control in the opponent’s penalty area, his shot from a difficult position went out.
90+3. Cenk Tosun, who met the ball on the right wing in the minute, got rid of his opponents in the narrow area and gave the ball to Arda Güler. While Dominik Livakovic took the hard hit of Cenk, who entered the penalty area from the right diagonal in Arda’s only pass, Umut Nayir’s head shot went awry on the rotating ball.
There was no other goal in the remaining part and Croatia won the fight in Bursa with a 2-0 result.
STAT: Bursa Metropolitan Municipality
HAKEMLER: Andreas Ekberg, Fredrik Klyver, Niklas Nyberg
TURKEY: Mert Günok – Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Çağlar Soyuncu, Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Salih Özcan, Orkun Kökçü (Min 67 Arda Güler), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Min 38 İsmail Yüksek), Cengiz Ünder (Min 81 Cenk Tosun), Kerem Aktürkoğlu (Min. 67 Barış Alper Yılmaz), Enes Ünal (Min. 81 Umut Nayir)
HIRVATİSTAN: Livakovic – Stanisic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Barisic, Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric (Dk. 84 Majer), Pasalic (Dk. 65 Juranovic), Perisic (Dk. 90+2 Ivanusec), Kramaric (Dk. 84 Musa)
GOALS: Min. 20 and Min. 45+4 Kovacic (Croatia)
YELLOW CARDS: Livakovic, Gvardiol (Croatia)