Time to buckle up those seatbelts!
In less than 36 hours, Croatia will face Turkey in their 1st leg Euro 2012 playoff encounter from Istanbul. One team will play amongst Europe’s elite next summer while the other ponders what went wrong. If history serves itself, the first leg (just as in Champions League knockout matches) should be a conservative game with all to play for in the return leg in Zagreb on Tuesday.
The question is: How will the match in Istanbul end? I have the game ending in a 1-1 draw. It will be a tough atmosphere to play in, but as long as Croatia get that all-important away goal, they should be ok for the return leg.
CroSports Nation: It’s easy to be the general after the war is over, but share your predictions with the world before the match kicks off. What are you expecting with the starting XI and what does Croatia do if defender Vedran Ćorluka is unable to play due to injury?