Football: Modric, Turan face off in Croatia-Turkey clash

PARIS: Real Madrid’s Luka Modric was poised to do battle with Barcelona’s Arda Turan on Sunday as the teams for the Turkey-Croatia clash at Euro 2016 carried a strong Spanish accent.

Modric, a two-time Champions League winner with Madrid, was joined in Croatia’s midfield by Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, whose club-mate Turan is the captain of Turkey.

Modric was aligned beside Fiorentina’s Milan Badelj in a deep-lying midfield role, with Rakitic and Inter Milan duo Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic supporting Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Turan was expected to start on the left of a front three for Turkey alongside Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun and Bayer Leverkusen set-piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu.

Eighteen-year-old Denmark-born Turkey starlet Emre Mor, who joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this week, was included among the substitutes.

Croatia and Turkey are joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and defending champions Spain.

Starting line-ups in the Euro 2016 Group D match between Turkey and Croatia at Parc des Princes in Paris on Sunday (1300 GMT kick-off):

Turkey (4-3-3)

Volkan Babacan; Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Hakan Balta, Caner Erkin; Ozan Tufan, Selcuk Inan, Oguzhan Ozyakup; Hakan Calhanoglu, Cenk Tosun, Arda Turan (capt)

Coach: Fatih Terim (TUR)

Croatia (4-2-3-1)

Danijel Subasic; Darijo Srna (captain), Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Milan Badelj, Luka Modric; Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic

Coach: Ante Cacic (CRO)

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) –AFP