Turkey lose in first home game since earthquakes


Mateo Kovacic of Croatia celebrates goal with Luka Modric of Croatia, and Marcelo Brozovic of Croatia during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group D match between Turkey and Croatia at at Bursa Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu on March 28, 2023 in Bursa, Turkey.

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.

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.

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