Croatia Stun Spain To Finish 1st, Turkey Jump to 3rd

- Croatia Stun Spain To Finish 1st, Turkey Jump to 3rd -

Croatia stunned Spain with a late winner (2-1) to finish first in Group D sending the Spanish to play Italy in the Last 16. Turkey put on their only good performance at Euro 2016, defeating the Czech Republic 2-0 and finished 3rd in the group, with high hopes of progressing as one of the top four 3rd place teams.



Croatia 2 - 1 Spain
Kalinic 45'
Perisic 87'
Morata 7'

The top two teams faced off in the final matchday of Group D. The leaders, Spain, got off to a great start and Morata opened the score in the 7th minute. Croatia was able to create opportunities through clumsy plays by the Spanish backline and came close to an equalizer, but the woodwork denied Rakitic. The leveler came right before the halftime whistle when Kalinic tapped in Perisic’s cross and the teams went into the break tied 1-1. Spain was wrongfully awarded a penalty in the 60th minute, but Subasic denied Ramos from the spot, keeping Croatia in the game. With only minutes remaining, Perisic punished the Spanish with a late counter-attack goal, giving Croatia the 2-1 victory. The win gave Croatia top spot in Group D and they will play the 3rd placed team from Group B, E, or F in the knockout stages. Spain’s loss could prove to be costly as they will now have to face a tough Italy side in the Last 16.

uefa euro 2016 - group stage (group d)

Czech Republic 0 - 2 Turkey
Yilmaz 10'
Tufan 65'

Turkey came through when it counted, earning a 2-0 victory in the final matchday of Group D against the Czech Republic. The Turks put on their best showing at Euro 2016 after falling easily in their first two matches. Turkey found the back of the net in each half through Yilmaz in the 10th minute and Tufan in the 65th minute. The Czech’s failed to threaten the Turkish defense, creating only one good chance in the 16th minute that was denied by the woodwork. The 2-0 win not only puts Turkey in third place, but gives them high hopes of finishing as one of the top 4 third placed teams. The 2-0 victory places them ahead of Albania with the final two groups concluding tomorrow. The Czech Republic’s stay at UEFA Euro 2016 comes to end with 1 point in Group D.

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