Sunday, 12th June
With Spain in their group, playing tomorrow, Croatia and Turkey both needed to think about a win, to get their campaign off to a solid start.
The referee tried to calm things down early with a chat to Ozan Tufan, for a heavy challenge on Luka Modric, rather than swiftly flashing out a yellow card. Talking to the Turkish captain so soon would hopefully have a positive affect on the flow of the game.
A yellow card was produced in the 32nd minute, to Cenk Tosun, for a clash with Vedran Corluka. Nothing seemingly malicious in the aerial battle, but Corluka did have to leave the field with blood spilling out of his head.
Four minutes before half-time Selcuk Inan hoofed a clearance high in the sky. Luka Modric kept his eye on the ball, then volleyed home a cracker from the edge of the Turkish penalty area; causing a volcanic atmosphere to erupted around the Parc des Princes.
A gripping first-half.
Half-time: Turkey 0 - Croatia 1
Eight minutes after the restart, Darijo Srna looped a free-kick onto the crossbar; Volkan Babacan, the Turkish goalkeeper, firmly rooted to his spot. A turn of the head was the only effort he made. Turkey needed to turn up the heat.
An Ivan Perisic header also hit the bar, with twenty minutes left in the game.
Croatia may not have increased their lead, but they did hold out for a victory. An important win, with Czech Republic up next. Turkey will have to face Spain.
Group D in Paris.
Final Score: Turkey 0 - Croatia 1
0:1 (Luka Modric, 41)
7-Gokhan Gonul, 15-Mehmet Topal, 3-Hakan Balta, 18-Caner Erkin;
8-Selcuk Inan, 6-Hakan Calhanoglu, 16-Ozan Tufan, 14-Oguzhan Ozyakup;
10-Arda Turan, 9-Cenk Tosun.
11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 21-Domagoj Vida, 3-Ivan Strinic;
10-Luka Modric, 19-Milan Badelj, 14-Marcelo Brozovic, 7-Ivan Rakitic;
4-Ivan Perisic, 17-Mario Mandzukic.