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Croatia defender Corluka rejects talk of revenge

Last Updated: 11/11/11 2:38pm

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Vedran Corluka: Croatia star not looking for revenge against Turkey

Vedran Corluka: Croatia star not looking for revenge against Turkey

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

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Turkey memorably beat Croatia on penalties in a pulsating Euro 2008 quarter-final that Corluka admits was one of the worst days of his career.

Croatia had looked set to be heading for the last four when Ivan Klasnic netted the game's opening goal in penultimate minute in extra time.

But Semih Senturk equalised with the final touch before Turkey won the tie on penalties.

"It was one of the saddest days of my life, and for Croatia as well," Corluka told uefa.com ahead of the first leg of their play-off in Istanbul.

Cool head

"We just need to forget about that, it's a new game and we should play like that never happened.

"If we let our feelings lead us through this game, it won't be good - we just need to keep a cool head.

"There is no extra motivation, only the motivation to go to Euro 2012."

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.

"They didn't cheat their way into the semi-finals. They scored a brilliant goal and showed their character, so our motive is to qualify for Euro 2012, not revenge."

Hiddink

Turkey manager Guus Hiddink is two games away from fulfilling the primary objective he was tasked with when he took over the reins two years ago.

The Dutchman has a good record of taking national teams to finals, having led Russia to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, and believes a good result at the Turk Telekom Arena is vital.

"The return leg [in Zagreb] will be tense and tough," he said.

"Though I don't want to think about it, the fact of the matter is that we will also be under pressure. But we have to overcome this and instead pile pressure on the Croats and force them to make mistakes.

"Fan support will also be very necessary in this regard."

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European Championship Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 France 10 21
2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 27
2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
6 San Marino 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Greece 10 24
2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
6 Malta 10 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

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1 England 8 18
2 Montenegro 8 12
3 Switzerland 8 11
4 Wales 8 9
5 Bulgaria 8 5

European Championship Qualifying Group H

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1 Denmark 8 19
2 Portugal 8 16
3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

European Championship Qualifying Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 24
2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4

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