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A giant banner of the Turkish map and Turkish cities affected by earthquakes was unveiled before kick-off

Turkey played their first home international fixture since two powerful earthquakes in the country claimed 50,000 lives.

A giant banner paying tribute to those affected was unveiled before kick-off in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Croatia in Istanbul.

Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic scored twice to secure the win for the visitors.

The midfielder struck from close range before firing in from a rebound on the stroke of half-time.

Mateo Kovacic scores against Turkey
Mateo Kovacic has five goals for Croatia

It was a little harsh on Turkey, who had started the game as the better side.

Kerem Akturkoglu saw an excellent strike tipped behind before Galatasaray winger had an effort ruled out for offside.

But Croatia grew into the game and could have had a third goal in the second half had not Andrej Kramaric shot narrowly wide.

The win means Croatia are second in Euro 2024 qualifying Group D, level on four points with Wales.

Line-ups

Turkey

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Günok
  • 2Çelik
  • 3Demiral
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 20Kadioglu
  • 6KökcüSubstituted forGülerat 67′minutes
  • 5Özcan
  • 17ÜnderSubstituted forTosunat 81′minutes
  • 10ÇalhanogluSubstituted forYüksekat 38′minutes
  • 7AktürkogluSubstituted forYilmazat 67′minutes
  • 16ÜnalSubstituted forNayirat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kahveci
  • 9Tosun
  • 11Nayir
  • 12Bayindir
  • 13Elmali
  • 14Yilmaz
  • 15Kabak
  • 18Yüksek
  • 19Akaydin
  • 21Güler
  • 22Aydin
  • 23Çakir

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1LivakovicBooked at 62mins
  • 2Stanisic
  • 6Sutalo
  • 4GvardiolBooked at 69mins
  • 3Barisic
  • 10ModricSubstituted forMajerat 84′minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8Kovacic
  • 15PasalicSubstituted forJuranovicat 65′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forMusaat 84′minutes
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forIvanusecat 90+2′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Erlic
  • 7Majer
  • 12Grbic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 16Ivanusec
  • 17Musa
  • 18Orsic
  • 19Sosa
  • 21Vida
  • 22Juranovic
  • 23Labrovic

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