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.