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Bilić was for Turkey practicing ‘German’ line-up without Rakitić, who was personated by Petrić. In penalty-shootout Olić missed the goal, while Ćorluka’s and Kranjčar’s shots were saved by goalkeeper.


Croatian national team has worked out and the last training session before departure to Vienna, where they play against Turkey in quarter-finals on Friday. Training was watched by the president of Croatian Football Federation Vlatko Marković and scout Ivo Šušak.

On the training came Ivan Klasnić, who was in Bremen on a examination. Injured Knežević was on the stands, while Ivan Rakitić (got punched against Poland) and Hrvoje Vejić (temperature) weren’t practicing. Darijo Srna’s problems are obviously past because he was in full propulsion.

Croatian coach was during the training practicing formation 4-4-1-1 with which is broken Germany. For the impact team were playing: Pletikosa – Ćorluka,Robert Kovač,Å imunić,Pranjić – Srna,Modrić,Niko Kovač,Petrić – Kranjčar – Olić.

As Bilić announced before, Croatian players were in the end practicing penalty shots. 12 players were shoting: Srna,Modrić,Å imunić,Olić,Niko Kovač,Ćorluka,Klasnić,Kranjčar,Petrić,Leko,Vukojević and Rakitić while Runje and Pletikosa were changing on the goal. Out of 30 shots, only four weren’t precise: Vukojević hit the post, Olić issed the goal, Pletikosa saved Ćorluka’s shot and Runje saved Kranjčar’s.



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