In the second match of the European Championship 2024 (Euro 2024) qualifiers, Turkey lost 2-0 to Croatia.
In the fifth minute, the national team approached the goal. Cengiz Under, who received the ball in the Croatian penalty area with a pass by Salih Ozkan, shot goalkeeper Levakovic to the far corner from the right diagonal, reaching his right and observing it. Sluggish skin round defense away.
In the tenth minute, Al-Hilal came again dangerous. With Enes Unal’s pressure, the ball he snatched from Sotalo ended up in front of Kerim Aktoroglu. Karim shot from the front of the Croatian penalty area into the corner, goalkeeper Levakovic reached to his left and took a corner.
Croatia took the lead in the 20th minute. Stanisic entered the penalty area from the right and threw his pass to Pasalic. As a result of Pasalic and Perisic passing, the ball hit the defense and stayed in front of Kovacic. A shot from this player’s place goes into the net: 0-1.
45 + 4 minutes, the visiting team found their second goal. Modric threw the ball, which Ismail lost in the middle of the field to Pasalic, who put it on the left wing. Pasalic’s ball was returned from the left diagonal in the penalty area by Mert. Kovacic sent the loose ball into the net, 0-2
The first half of the match ended with Croatia winning 2-0.
Croatia were effective in the 58th minute. Pasalic had his foot on the ball, which Modric sent powerfully from the ground into six passes from the right wing. The corner kick was taken by goalkeeper Mert with a good reaction.
Meeting the ball on the left wing in the Croatian attack that developed in the 77th minute, Perisic sent a pass to Kramaric in front of the penalty arc. Kramarek took a powerful shot with the inside of his foot, and the round leather came off the side.
90 + 3. The national team got close to the goal. Cenk Tosun, who entered the penalty area with a pass from Arda Güler on the right wing, shot powerfully from the right diagonal from close range, gaining height with the round, leathery block of goalkeeper Levakovic. Umut Nir hit his head with the ball, which took off, and the leather upper remained in the net.
Croatia won the match 2-0.
Türkiye fell to third place in the group
After beating Croatia 2-0 in the second match of Group D qualifiers for Euro 2024 (Euro 2024), Turkey got its first defeat in the group.
Croatia’s goals came through Kovacic in the match that was held at the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Stadium, and the first half was completed with the guest team’s superiority 2-0.
As a result of the first matches, Turkey, which topped the group with 3 points, dropped to third place with this defeat. On the other hand, Croatia raised its points to 4 and shared the first and second places with the same points with Wales.
Al-Hilal and Al-Najm will play their third match in the group on June 16, away from home against Latvia.
Fourth defeat against Croatia
The national football team got its fourth defeat in the eleventh match against Croatia.
After only one victory over its opponent, Turkey scored 15 goals in these matches, conceding 9 goals.
Arda Guler cheers in Bursa
Arda Güler, the young player of the national football team, was included in the match in the second half of the match.
In support of Al-Hilal in Bursa, football fans in the first and second half cheered Arda Güler for entering the match. Coach Kontz put Arda Güler on the field in place of Orkun Kökçü in the 67th minute.
Reaction of the stands on TFF
In the final minutes of the match in Bursa, some fans in the stands chanted against the administration of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF). Fans called on TFF management to resign.
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