After the hard battle, BiliÄ‡’s players were at the doorstep of Heaven. In 119th minute KlasniÄ‡ scored for lead and semi final, but already in the next action Turks carved out the roulette of penalties.
As some announcements were saying, the Turks entered the match pretty aggressively and in the starting minutes had the constant possession of the ball. The only result of that was one shot from Altintop from distance, but that shot was blocked by Niko KovaÄ.
After 15 minutes Croatia finally started playing like Croatia, and already in 19th minute could took a lead. The great action of midfield was continued by ModriÄ‡, who entered Turkish penalty box, nicely found OliÄ‡, who hit the bar. The ball flicked to KranjÄar, but his shot went over the goal.
Srna couldn’t believe what OliÄ‡ missed
In 21st minute RakitiÄ‡ pushed the ball for PranjiÄ‡, but his cross was blocked by Turkish defense. Somewhat later KranjÄar’s cross for OliÄ‡ finished in hands of
In the finish of the first half, Turks mastered the field again. In one situation Å imuniÄ‡ beat down Tuncay in Croatian penalty box, but luckily , Rosetti stayed quiet. The only concrete Turkish chance happened in the 38th minute when Topal’s shot went near the post.
Great atmosphere at Ernst Happel was momentary ruined by the mutual fight of Croatian fans who were placed in the yellow sector. Ten persons were involved, but there was no need for police intervention as it finished quickly.
In one moment there was a verbal conflict between two coaches, Slaven BiliÄ‡ and Fatih Terim. Turkish coach was constantly protesting against referee’s decisions during the first half, and in one moment BiliÄ‡ showed him with hands to calm down because there was a foul. That made Terim mad who went outside his area towards BiliÄ‡, but their contact was prevented by the fourth referee, Spaniard Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez.
OliÄ‡ in chance, but unfortunately alone…
At the beginning of the second half OliÄ‡ cooked up promising situation, but he was alone among the Turks. In the 52nd minute Ä†orluka found RakitiÄ‡, but Schalke’s midfielder went too much on the left side and carved out only a corner kick. Croatia again started playing pass by pass and the result of that was KranjÄar’s half-chance, who unfortunately shot straight at goalkeeper.
In the 64th minute BiliÄ‡ recalled his first ‘chess figure’ out of the game, it was KranjÄar, who ran the most in the first half, and sent PetriÄ‡ in. In the 70th minute Croatian players brought out futsal action. PetriÄ‡ pushed RakitiÄ‡ in a shot chance with double pass, but he was obstructed in the last moment before the shoot. Two minutes later PranjiÄ‡ and RakitiÄ‡ played out Turkish defense, cross in front of Turkish goal was next, but OliÄ‡’s shoot with head went near the post.
In the finish of the regular part Croatia had a free kick. A wonderful attempt of Srna was even more wonderfully saved by Turkish goalkeeper
Evidently better Vatreni had two more chances before the end of 90 minutes. Srna’s free kick was barely saved by
Oh,God, why it doesn’t want to come in?
In the 99th minute Semih took a powerful shot, but it went over the bar. At the end of the second part of the extra time ModriÄ‡ was staunch, he stole one ball, crossed for KlasniÄ‡, who scored with a header. Unfortunatel, that wasn0t enough for triumph of the Croats because Semih battened the ball in Croatian fork in the 122nd minute and brought Turkey the penalty shootout.
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