Croatia takes big lead out of Turkey
Defender Vedran Corluka scored one goal and helped create
another as Croatia beat Turkey 3-0 on Friday in the first leg of
their Euro 2012 playoff.
Croatia found the net after just two minutes when Ivica Olic
latched onto a deflected ball after a delivery by Corluka at the
Turk Telekom Arena.
Turkey then piled on the pressure but striker Mario Mandzukic
extended Croatia’s lead in the 32nd minute when he headed home a
cross from winger Dario Srna.
Srna provided another assist in the 52nd minute to Corluka, who
was unmarked when he headed home at the near post to stake
Croatia’s claim for a spot at Euro 2012 ahead of the second leg in
Zagreb on Tuesday.