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EURO2016: Modric stunner guides Croatia to victory over Turkey

Croatia have beaten Turkey 1-0 in their Euro2016 opener in Paris.

Ante Cacic's side produced a winning result in what was a deserved victory at the Parc des Princes to open their account with a full set of points.

The only goal of the contest came late in the first half when Luka Modric fired home a sublime volley to get Croatia's Euro campaign off to the start they had pencilled in for themselves prior to the tournament.

Croatia were by far the better of the two sides and damaged to take the lead when a botched headed clearance from the Turkish defence at a corner fell kindly for Real Madrid star Modric who picked his spot and stuck a wondrous first-time effort beyond Volkan Babacan from outside the area.

The Croatian side were full of chances throughout and could have had one or two other goals if captain Darijo Srna's free-kick had worked it's way under the crossbar in the second half.

Ivan Perisic was a constant threat throughout and could have scored on a couple of occasions, especially when he was unable to find the back of the net with an unmarked header, while Marcelo Brozovic was also lively as the Croatians came away with maximum points as they would have expected.

Croatia now take a momentary lead in the Group D table, ahead of Spain's clash with the Czech Republic, as Turkey kick off without a point in a tournament that is perhaps expected to evade them in terms of progress to the knockout stages.

Euro2016 - Group D

Turkey: 0
Croatia: 1 (Luka Modric 41')
Parc des Princes, Paris - 43,842

Andrew Slevison
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