Croatia will face Turkey in the QR, Group D match of the European Championship on October 12.
Only half a year after their QR Group D encounter, which saw Croatia triumphing 0-2, the Croatian and Turkish national football teams are set to battle it out once more. Currently, Croatia is on a commendable stretch, having clinched victories against Armenia and Latvia. Their aim is to prolong this winning momentum when they play against Turkey. Impressively, they’ve maintained three straight clean sheets.
Conversely, Turkey is gearing up for this match after a setback against Japan in a friendly held on September 12. Before eyeing a turnaround, their primary focus should be to address their defensive vulnerabilities, evident from their record of conceding in their last four away games.
Croatia is riding on a wave of success, having defeated both Armenia and Latvia in their last two games. Turkey, meanwhile, faced a defeat against Japan in their recent outing. In their past 20 games, Croatia secured 13 victories, suffered 3 losses, and drew 4 times. Turkey, however, won 12, lost 6, and had 2 draws.
In their last six matches, Croatia emerged victorious 4 times, including wins against Armenia, Latvia, Netherlands, and Turkey, faced a single draw with Wales, and one loss to Spain. Turkey, on the other hand, celebrated 3 victories against Wales, Latvia, and Armenia, tasted defeat twice to Japan and Croatia, and drew with Armenia.
Manager Zlatko Dalić of Croatia has the luxury of a fully fit squad to pick from, ensuring no injury concerns.
Likewise, Turkish coach Stefan Kuntz also enjoys a completely fit squad, with no reported injuries ahead of the match.
Croatia and Turkey have locked horns 5 times since June 2016, with Croatia clinching two victories, Turkey one, and two games ending in a stalemate. Their latest face-off was on March 29, 2023, in the QR, Group D of the European Championship, which Croatia won 0-2. During these matches, Croatia netted 7 times, while Turkey added 5 to the tally.