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Croatia knocked out the Latvians, playing in Istanbul

Croatia knocked out the Latvians, playing in Istanbul

Croatia achieved a surprise victory over Latvia in Group D of the European Championship 2024 qualifiers after scoring five goals against the Baltics in the fifth round. In the other match in the group, Türkiye played against Armenia on its home soil.

Modric performed a show of force against Latvia (Picture: Getty Images)


Already in the third minute, the bronze medalist of the last World Championship scored the goal of the Latvians, who entered the field with the composure of underdogs: Bruno Petkovic A stunning goal from a free kick (Video here). Ten minutes later, the Croats were able to celebrate again, this time Luka Ivanocic He scooped the ball from the Latvian goalkeeper into the goal – the pass was delivered by Perisic (Video here). The Baltic national team played a secondary role in all elements of the game, and they did not survive the first half without conceding another goal: the Croatian who scored the first goal Bruno Petkovic This time he shot the goal from close range.Video here). In the last minutes of the match, more Croatian goals were scored: the first Andrei Kramaric Hit the goal from close range, then Mario Pasalic Shoot the upper left (Video here). 5-0

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Türkiye – Armenia

After a goalless first half, the visiting Armenians – somewhat unexpectedly – took the lead: Özcakar, who was trying to make a save, punched a hole in on a pass coming to five, the ball exploded. Artak Dasgan While running, put the ball into the goal under the outgoing Turkish goalkeeper (Video here). At the beginning of the match, the home team equalized with some luck at the end of the counter Bertog Yildirim with his goal (Video here). The referee added eight minutes of extra time, but no further goals were scored: Armenia was unable to recover from the home defeat, while Turkey avoided an embarrassing defeat.1-1

European Championship qualifiers
Fifth round
Group D
Croatia – Latvia 5-0 (3-0)

Rijeka. g: Petkovic (3rd, 44th), Ivanoucik (13th), Kramaric (68th), Pasalic (78th).
Türkiye – Armenia 1-1 (0-0)
Istanbul. g: Yildirim (88), or Dashan (49.)

Group position d
1. Türkiye 5 3 1 1 8-6 +2 10
2. Croatia 3 2 1 8-1 +7 7
3. Armenia 4 2 1 1 8-6 +2 7
4. Wales 4 1 1 2 4-7 -3 4
5. Latvia 4 4 3-11 -8 0

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