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Euro 2016 Group D: Spain vs. Croatia, Czech Rep vs. Turkey



SUMMARY: Turkey did what they had to do -- win -- and they did it comfortably in the end to condemn Czech Republic to the foot of the table. They went for it, scored two fine goals and dealt with the sporadic pressure their opponents were able to put them under. It remains to be seen whether the three points they gathered will be enough to take them through -- but the result confirms that Northern Ireland are into the knockout stage.

RESULT#TUR get their first win of #EURO2016! #CZETUR


SUMMARY: Croatia remained admirably positive despite the setback of going behind to an early goal and took the attack to Spain every time they could, but the penalty save from keeper Subasic at 1-1 was pivotal. No Luka Modric or Mario Mandzukic? No problem.Their reward is to win group D, meaning they will play one of the third-placed teams, while Spain must now take on Italy in Paris on Monday.

90+4 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Perisic off; Andrej Kramaric on for Croatia. Almost late, late drama as David Silva gets into the area for Spain and whacks in a low cross -- but it's brilliantly cleared and that is almost it...

90+3 MINS - CZE VS TUR: All over in this game bar the shouting, and it has been for a while in truth. Kolar comes on for Plasil for the Czechs, Yilmaz off for Tosun for Turkey.

90+2 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Into the second of three added minutes.  Bjaca off, Duje Cop on for Croatia.

89 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Spain are trying to muster a response, and are going to have to do it quick sharp or not at all. They are likely to have three added minutes at the end of the 90.


Would you believe it? Perisic gets the ball at the end of a swift counter and drills a low shot that beats David De Gea at his near post. It almost certainly shouldn't have done -- but Croatia deserve it for their positivity and will win the group as things stand!

86 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Srna makes a fine challenge as Spain work the ball into the area and Aduriz looks to take advantage. Croatia come straight back on the attack again...

86 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Darida tries a hopeful cross that nearly turns into a shot -- but Turkish keeper Babacan is alert and aware and tips the ball over his crossbar.

84 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Fabregas is off, Thiago on for Spain. The game is heading into the final five minutes plus stoppages.

82 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Marko Rog off, Mateo Kovacic on as Croatia make a change.

81 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Darida has a go for the Czechs. Saved. They are having plenty of pressure, but it all has a feel of too little, too late.

79 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Can Spain find a winner? They have failed to convert that penalty, but they are attacking again -- they win a corner but Ramos, whose spot-kick was saved, heads over.

77 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Necid tries to get to a deflected cross but can't quite make it. From the corner, Sivok sends a header off target.

75 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Czech Republic are trying to increase their tempo, but they are having little joy and beginning to look forlorn now. It would take something extraordinary for them to get back into this game. Turkey make another substitution, Olcay Sahan replacing Emre Mor.


Croatia keeper Subasic is quite a long way off his line as he sticks out a hand to repel the Sergio Ramos spot-kick. Croatia will feel justice was done there.


This looks harsh -- very, very harsh. David Silva tries to get on the end of a cross and goes to ground with Vrsaljko behind him. There didn't seem to be much, if any contact as Silva tumbled. Vrsaljko and Srna are booked in the aftermath.

65 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Spain make a change -- goalscorer Morata goes off and is replaced by Aritz Aduriz. Ramos could and should have put Spain back in the lead just then but, with a free header, he steers wide.


Great finish -- the ball is laid off at the angle of the six-yard box by Topal after a free-kick into the area and absolutely hammered into the top corner by Tufan. Is that the end of Euro 2016 for Czech Republic? It looks like it...

63 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Pjaca goes down inside the area, and does so with a bit of a flourish. He may have been slightly clipped but it would only have been incredibly slightly. No penalty, says the referee.

60 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Turkey make a change -- Volkan Sen off, Ozyakup on.

59 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Spain switch -- Nolito off, Bruno Soriano on.

58 MINS - CZE VS TUR: A Czech change as Skoda come on and Pavelka makes way.

58 MINS - CRO VS SPA: More danger. In comes the cross and, when it's half cleared, Pjaca tries an ambitious bicycle kick that isn't too far wide.

56 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Dangerous Croatia free-kick, edge of the area. Rakitic plays it in and Ramos clears. Corner... also cleared.

53 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Another low cross from Spain. Morata is lurking, and interested, but the defending is good.

52 MINS - CZE VS TUR: The casualties of that collision are back on their feet. A bit of blood was spilled.

50 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Perisic and Rakitic link on the left, but the linesman adjudges that the ball has gone out of play. The Croatia players, it's fair to say, did not approve of that decision.

50 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Hakan is booked for a late challenge on Necid. That means he will miss the next game if Turkey get through. Then three players are down after an aerial challenge inside the Turkey area after a free-kick. Play is stopped. Nasty clash of heads.

48 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Turkey go searching for an early second. Yilmaz makes a good run and looks to be through -- but he was just a fraction too early and the flag goes up.

48 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Srna plays a free-kick in deep. It's cleared and Iniesta tries to start a break, but Rog marshals him well.



Perisic crosses from the left, Rakitic brushes it on with his head and Kalinic is the man on the spot, improvising a lovely flicked finish to levels the scores. Croatia deserve that on the balance of play, and Spain have finally been breached after more than 12 hours without conceding a goal in a European Championship!

45 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Spain turn up the heat -- Fabregas plays the ball through to Morata, but his touch is heavy and the keeper gathers. Could have been two, for the second time in as many minutes.

43 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Another scampering run by Silva, who drifts to the right-hand byline and sees his cross cannon off a defender for a corner. Ramos gets there -- but his free header goes across rather than at goal and the danger passes.

40 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Srna searches for Kalinic by the corner flag, where Ramos is watchful. Goal-kick, five minutes remaining until the break. Croatia are having the better of much of this -- but they are still 1-0 down.

38 MINS - CZE VS TUR: And two more, both of them for the Czechs, as Plasil and Pavelka commit clumsy fouls.

35 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Booking: Turkey's Koybasi fouls Kaderabek, who is causing more and more problems.

33 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Croatia continue to ask questions of a Spain defence that, tonight at least, is not at its most assured. When the ball is half cleared to the edge of the area, though, Rakitic and Peresic don't get an attempted combination right.

31 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Kaderabek, lunging for a flick at the far post, is inches away from connecting. Heads in hands on the Czech bench.

28 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Good work by Nolito earns a corner for Spain. They work it all the way back into midfield, and when Iniesta finally crosses it back in the ball is punched clear. Rog is then booked for a foul on Fabregas. 

27 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Having said that, Sen nearly doubles the Turkish lead with a fierce drive that fizzes past Cech's post. Don't think he would have got to that one.

25 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Kaderabek tries his luck from a narrow angle -- saved. There might have been a better option with a pull-back there. In fact, there would have been. The Czechs are beginning to come back into this one well.

24 MINS - CRO VS SPA: David Silva has been twinkling about the place in these early stages. He makes another run and drives in a low effort from the edge of the box, but straight at the keeper.

22 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Topal tries to bend a free-kick from 25 yards over the Czech wall, but the wall stands firm and the ball is cleared.

21 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Croatia have not been cowed by their early setback. Rakitic looks for Corluka, who can't get enough on his header and Spain whack it away.

20 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Darida tries his luck with a volley from outside the area. His luck is out as the ball soars into the stand behind the goal.

18 MINS - Thoroughly eventful stuff in both games. Goals, chances, posts and crossbars hit. Let's hope it carries on like this.

17 MINS - CZE VS TUR: CZECH REPUBLIC HIT THE POST! Sivok gets in a thumping header from a corner, and it crashes back off the face of the near post before being cleared.

14 MINS - CRO VS SPA: CROATIA HIT THE BAR! De Gea plays a poor ball out, Rakitic chips it back over him -- and the ball bounces off the underside of the bar and is cleared. Moments earlier, Perisic saw an effort from distance pushed away by the diving De Gea.

12 MINS - As it stands, Spain are runaway winners of Group D with Croatia second, Turkey third and Czech Republic going home in fourth.


Great start for Turkey, and their first goal of the tournament. Emre Mor gets down the right and Burak Yilmaz blasts his superb ball in at the near post. Early breakthroughs in both games!


Morata sidefoots home after a lovely slick move involving David Silva and Cesc Fabregas. Moments before the Spain breakthrough, Dario Srna had blasted an effort wildly over the top from an angle -- and Spain scolred from the game's next move.

6 MINS - CZE VS TUR: Plasil tries to get something happening down the right for the Czechs, but any hopes of something happening evaporate as he loses his footing.

4 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Croatia are beginning brightly, and a little dink into the area leaves Pique a touch confused for a moment before it runs through to De Gea.

2 MINS - CRO VS SPA: Croatia's Rog is hurt in an early challenge, but he's back on his feet soon enough.

2 MINS - CZE VS TUR: An early cross for Turkey causes a flutter or two in the Czech defence before the ball is dealt with, before the Czechs respond by winning a corner. It comes to nothing, though.


19.55 BST: The anthems ring out.

19.53 BST: The players are in the tunnels in Bordeaux and Lens. Match time will soon be upon us.

19.50 BST: An omen? The only time Czech Republic and Turkey have met in the final stages of a European Championship before, Turkey won 3-2 in 2008. Petr Cech, who blamed himself for that defensive meltdown, can make amends as captain today in the absence of Rosicky. The two sides played each other in qualifying for this tournament -- and they beat each other away from home.

19.46 BST: But this is pretty, isn't it?

19.43 BST: UEFA has already fined the Croatian Football Federation €100,000 (£77,000) for incidents including the use of fireworks and racist behaviour of supporters during the 2-2 draw with Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne on Friday.

19.40 BST: Unfortunately, though -- and not for the first time in this tournament -- we are not thinking purely about football:

Croatia's Interior Ministry has warned that some radical fans may be planning disruptions during Tuesday's European Championship game against Spain, with the aim of getting the match suspended.

In a statement on its website, the ministry said it had intelligence that hooligans in the Stade de Bordeaux could light flares and firecrackers, invade the pitch and display radical political symbols.

The Croatian police union also warned that fans may attempt to attack the referee after the 30th minute, according to multiple reports.

19.36 BST: For Czech Republic, the headline news is that there is no Tomas Rosicky -- he's injured. Turkey bring in Emre Mor. The Turks were pretty tame against Spain last time out -- can they do better tonight? They've got to, after all.

19.34 BST: Unlike England, Spain opt to make no changes as they look to win their group. Croatia are without Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic.

19.32 BST: You want permutations, we have them:

Spain: Have qualified for the round of 16 and need a point against Croatia to take top spot.

Croatia: Need a point against Spain to guarantee second place, but must beat Vicente Del Bosque's team to finish first. Croatia are guaranteed a top-three finish, and would be likely to go through in third place with four points.

Czech Republic: Guaranteed to qualify if they beat Turkey, but need Croatia to lose to Spain for a chance of the top two. Second place between the Czechs and Croatia would then be decided on goal difference, and if that finishes identically it moves to fair play. Going into the final game, Croatia are on four disciplinary points and the Czechs on two. If it goes to UEFA national team coefficient, Croatia are higher than Czech Republic. Four points would also definitely send them through as a best third-placed team.

Turkey: Must beat Czech Republic, probably by at least two goals, and hope three points is enough for a place in the knockout rounds.

19.30 BST: And so tonight it's the last hurrah of Group D. What could happen? What might it mean? Permutations to follow shortly, but the two games are Spain vs Croatia in Bordeaux and Czech Republic vs Turkey in Lens.

Game Details

Spain XI: De Gea, Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, Nolito, Morata.

Croatia XI: Subasic, Srna, Corluka, Jedvaj, Vrsaljko, Rog, Badelj, Perisic, Rakitic, Pjaca, Kalinic

Czech RepublicCzech Republic
Game Details

Czech Republic XI: Cech; Kaderabek, Hubnik, Sivok, Pudil; Pavelka, Plasil, Krejci, Darida, Dockal; Necid.

Turkey XI: Babacan, Ismail, Balta, Topal, Gokhan, Selcuk, Ozan, Arda, Volkan Sen, Emre Mor, Burak Yilmaz.


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