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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Day 3 - Group D: Croatia v. Turkey

Morning, chaps - I hope that you have all recovered from your England hangovers. It was a disappointing end to a brilliant day, but we all have another England game to look forward to on Thursday. We've got another three matches on tap today for your Sunday enjoyment, starting with Croatia v. Turkey at 9am. Join me for all the fun on Day 3.

106 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ESPN coverage has started with troubling scenes out of Marseille. It seems as if UEFA are putting the blame squarely on the Russian fans.

8:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Paris this morning:

Turkey: Volkan; Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Balta, Caner; Oguzhan, Ozan Tufan; Selcuk, Hakan Çalhanoglu, Arda Turan; Cenk.

Croatia: Subasic; Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic; Badelj, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic; Mandzukic.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning. mate. Great to join you.These two met in the quarters eight years ago when Croatia took the lead with two minutes remaining in ET then Turkey went stright up the pitch , tied it up and won in penalties. This should be a close match

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Croats have an excellent midfield and I would give them the edge.

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Parc Des Princes

9:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good morning, mate - we're away at Paris on a gloomy morning. I agree with you; the Croats have a brilliant side - I really rate them.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rakitic diverts a cross from Srna wide off the target

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - close call there for Ivan Rakitic who got a telling touch on that cross; just wide.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I disagree with Julie Fowdy about the Turkish discipline. Have we been watching different Turkish matches.

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ozan is lectured for a foul on Modric. A brawl nearly broke out due to that supposed fantastic Turkish discipline

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I usually enjoy Julie's comments; she's one of the more informed women's commentators - but she got that one wrong.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, unless losing the plot is discipline. Also, did you notice that Vinnie Kompany is in the studio with TT?

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Horrible free kick straight into the arms of the Croatian keeper.

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I did notice that; he seems too taciturn to be a useful panelist. He barely said two words.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bit of a chippy start with niggly fouls from both teams. Perhaps a trip to the Hall mark store/kiosk is in order.

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I turned it on in the middle of the conversation, but he mentioned about Loveren not being in the Croat squad and how it might unsettle the defense. I thought that was a good point.

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There have been a lot of free-kicks. You have to assume the pace will settle down at some point. It’s very stop-start at the moment.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mandzukic has a header blocked after a corner was headed away

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I still see a lot of quality in the Croatian defense - Srna, Corluka and so on. I don't see the weaknesses that they were mentioning. This is a side that has played together a lot.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a cool rainy day, so the players should not tire easily. The weather doesn't seem to have been oppressive up to this point

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another free kick for the Turks. The service has been poor so far. We'll see. Better and earns a corner.

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It just hasn't been an entertaining start. Both teams are trying to attack, but the quality is lacking up to this point.

9:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perisic makes a great run down the left and his cross is headed over by Brozovic

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're definitely right about that one.

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rakitic seems to have finally figured out that the mullet went out of fashion twenty years ago. Much tidier short back and sides now.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Croatia are playing the better football. They just need to come up with a killer final ball. They’ve not been ruthless enough yet. Sound familiar?

9:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Badelj volleys straight to the Turkish keeper after a cross was punched away by the keeper.

9:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Subasic comes up big in that exchange.

9:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A rare Turkish attack and the best chance of the match as Gokhan Goncul had a free header straight to Subisic . Turkey should have been in the lead.

9:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The main difference with Coratia is that they are playing with more pace than in the past and they are doing a lot of attacking down the flank, putting in a good numb er of crosses. COR!

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corlucka, the ex Citeh and Spud defender is a bloody mess after being hit by a stray elbow by Cenik Tosun , who is booked. It didn't seem intentional, so the correct decision.

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corluka has gone off for a nasty head clash and reappeared with the patented Paul Ince pint of Guinness.

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corlucka is walking like an Egyptian as he is bandaged up . Mandzukic claims that he got an elbow too.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one, mate

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Modric concedes a free kick in a great position for the Turks to whip in a cross.

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Modric with a trip leads to another free kick for Turkey.

High, wide and horrible.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick looks like one of Johnny Wilkinson's free kicks.

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Persic has the number 4 shaved into his bonce.

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent turn and hit from Mandzukic.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He will hope that it doesn't represent their standing in group play after all three matches have been played.

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dario Srna has a cross blocked for another corner.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Srna earns a corner for Croatia. Rotten one too - over everyone.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Modric finally breaks the deadlock!

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! MODRIOC SCORES WITH A SPECTACULAR VOLLEY FROM ABOUT 30 YARDS OUT AFTER THE TURKS FAILED TO DEAL WITH THE CORNER THAT SRNA WON

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The corner seemed to have come to nothing but when the clearance looped up, Modric hit it on the full volley - it took a bounce before going by the keeper.

1-0 Croatia.

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. It was a poor corner, but made its way to Rakitic, who cross was cleared and spectacularly volleyed in by Modric

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perisic tackles Arda Turan for a Turkish corner in stoppage time. Two minutes.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hakan Balta heads into the side netting from an angle where he was never going to score.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Croatia lead 1-0 at the half thanks to a spectacular volley from Modric that came out of nowhere

9:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A fairly pedestrian half comes to an end, punctuated by Modric's moment of brilliance. That's the difference between the sides.

I still haven't seen a team that impresses me as being better than England, regardless of yesterday's result.

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway as Fatih Terim has made a sub or two.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at Paris for the second half. It can only get better.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Turkey have made a positive change, bringing on the speedy Volkan Sen for Oguzhan Ozyakup.

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Strange as it may seem , unless France played well, Wales have had the best start

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like a VW cam eon for lentil soup

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cen has a volley blocked . A good start for the sub

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hakan Balta booked for a foul from behind on Not So super Mario

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent volley on the turn there by Volkan Sen - blocked out.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Srna is stamped on the thigh and no booking? The free kick is swuing in and a tame header by unsuper Mario is straight to the keeper.

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corluka is out for the second half with a butterfly bandage on his head but the strapping off. I wouldn't put my head in the danger area, but he's made of stronger stuff than I am apparently.

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice run by Rakitic and he earns a tasty free kick opportunity.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rakitic is tripped from behind just outside the D

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corlucka was injured due to a stray elbow

10:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Dario Srna rockets one off the bar. I thought that was going in.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!The free kick from Srna is off the top of the bar

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Off for some tasty brekkies - back in a tick.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! The keeper fumbles a pass from Perisic and Srna shoots wide of an open goal

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Enjoy.

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corluka is off for treatment yet again. Surely, he will need to be replaced.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Volkan Cen has a cross headed out by Vida for a corner. Subisic easily ctaches the corner from Hakan Balta

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Nearly a second as it's another spectacular volley, but this time from Brezovic. Mandzukic chested down a long throw and the volley from Brezovic was inches over the upper 90.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Burak Yilmaz is on for Arda Turan as Turkey will now play with two strikers.

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Brezovic , with an out stretched leg , just failed to make contact with a deflected cross from Perisic at the far post.

10:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Fatih trerim as 18 year old Emre Mor is on for Cenik Tusan

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A great cross from Mandzukic and Perisic heads against the bar from about three yards out

10:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corluka is down yet again and how many times will he be able to be treated?

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Volkan Sen is called for a rash challenge on Rakitic.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mandzukic has a header tipped over by the keeper as a long throw took a bounce in the box.

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A corner from Rakitic was headed high and wide.

10:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Strinin is booked for a foul inches outside the box for a foul on Volkan Cen

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back after a tasty brekkies courtesy of Kathy.

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Erkin is straight to Subisic

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great to hear. You should be energized for the final few minutes.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good save there at the feet of Perisic.

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one is looking good for my prediction of Croatia coming second in Group D.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!Another missed chance as Rakitic superbly put through Perisic , who shot against the keeper.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think I picked Croatia to be second as well. Not sure if I picked the Turks as one of the four best third placed teams.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Perisic limping off and Kramaric will have a late, late cameo.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You did pick Croatia second but you didn't rate Turkey highly enough to have them third. You third placers are Wales, Romania, Republic of Ireland, and Iceland.

10:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andre Kramaric , who left the Foxes because he couldn't force his way into the team, is on for Perisic.

10:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, mate. I feel confident about my picks, but Wales may place higher than third.

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It certainly seems like it after yesterday but then they could (and should) get pounded by England on Thursday morning. Are you around for that one?

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gordon Schildenfeld is on for Rakitic.

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry I won't be around for that. I'm teaching summer school, so Unfortunately, I won't be around for weekday matches in the month of June., I expect a very tight, even match between England and Wales.

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Volkan Sen booked for a foul on Srna. That seemed a little harsh

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A time wasting sub as Pjaca is on for Mandzukic, who put in a decent shift

10:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Croatia just trying to see out this match now.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great last ditch tackle by Corlucka to prevent a late equalizer. COR!!! England should watch what to do to preserve a late lead.

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree with you - should be very tight.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corlucka off for treatment for the umpteenth time

10:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big shout for a penalty in the Croatia area. Ref waved it off.

10:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as Croatia deservedly win 1-0, but should have won by more. They missed several great chances.

10:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Croatia have won their opening match of Euro 2016.

10:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Off to get a refreshing shower in before the late one.

10:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Same here.
CHEERS!

10:56 AM  

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