Croatia Stun Spain To Top Group As Turkey Defeat Czech Republic

Spain’s Vicente del Bosque did not make any changes to his first XI, and they were beaten in the European Championships for the first time in 12 years and a day.

Turkey celebrating their goal
Turkey celebrating their goal

Croatia, who were fielding a weakened team themselves, albeit not through choice, recovered from conceding after eight minutes to Alvaro Morata’s third goal of the tournament to give themselves a chance of progressing deep into the tournament. Goals from Nikola Kalinic, playing better than ever did at Blackburn Rovers, and Ivan Perisic, earned them a knock-out tie against a third-placed finisher, then a meeting with Switzerland or Poland.Spain, for whom Sergio Ramos missed a penalty at 1-1, face Italy in Paris on Monday, then, probably, a quarter-final with Germany.

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Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan strikes gave Turkey a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic that also sent Northern Ireland into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Turkey’s first points of the tournament, in their final Group D game in Lens, also gave them hope of progressing to the next stage as one of the best third-placed teams.Turkey knew they would have to win by at least two goals to keep their tournament alive. They achieved that with strikes in each half from Yilmaz and Tufan.

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