Tuesday 23 January 2018

Croatia not out for revenge -- Corluka

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka has denied his side will be out for revenge when they meet Turkey for a place at next year's European Championship finals.

Turkey beat Croatia on penalties in a pulsating Euro 2008 quarter-final where Croatia were pegged back despite taking the lead in the final minute of extra-time.

"It was one of the saddest days of my life, and for Croatia as well," said Corluka.

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic echoed his defender's comments, adding: "Revenge is an ugly word, and I don't want to use it because the Turks won fair and square."

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Postiga plays down Portugal problems

Portugal striker Helder Postiga has played down the impact of off-field distractions ahead of his side's Euro 2012 play-off first leg against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight.

Their preparations have been far from smooth, with Jose Bosingwa hitting out at coach Paulo Bento after being left out of the squad.

But Postiga said: "The rain disturbs me more. We are completely focused."

Bilek: Montenegro a genuine threat

Czech boss Michal Bilek is wary of the threat posed by Montenegro's strikers tonight, despite their lack of goals in qualifying.

"They have some good attacking players, even though their record of in qualifying doesn't back that up."

Irish Independent

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