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Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 pens)
Vienna, 20 June 2008
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We thought it was over - Bilic

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic put on a brave face after his side went out of Euro 2008 on penalties to Turkey.

Croatia were set to go through to the semi-finals after taking the lead just before the end of extra-time but Turkey levelled and won the shootout 3-1.

"My players put in a heroic performance and I can have no complaints about any of them," said Bilic.

"Penalties are a lottery and the players felt confident enough to take the spot kicks."

Ivan Klasnic had put Croatia in front but Semih Senturk lashed in an equaliser to send the quarter-final tie to spot-kicks.


Luca Modric and Ivan Rakitic each missed their penalties to seal Croatia's exit after a thrilling finale not in keeping with the rest of the game.

"I thought that it was finished, that we had won and then in a flash this fantastic goal by Semih," added Bilic, whose side are in the same group as England for the 2010 World Cup.

"After that, it was the drama of penalties. Oh well life goes on. Tomorrow is another day. We will now get back into the groove in the World Cup qualifiers."

The pain of this defeat will stay with me for a long time

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic
He added: "I want to congratulate both teams for a great game of football.

"This match shows why it's the most dramatic and most popular game in the world.

"I congratulate Turkey but we have beaten better opponents and the last two minutes I cannot begin to describe, both our goal and theirs and then penalties.

"The pain of this defeat will stay with me for a long time.

"It will haunt us forever."

see also
Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 pens)
20 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Croatia v Turkey photos
20 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Poland 0-1 Croatia
16 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Pick your Croatia XI
23 May 08 |  Croatia
Croatia team guide
15 May 08 |  Croatia
Turkey team guide
15 May 08 |  Turkey

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