Croats on the brink of finals

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Croatia romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Turkey in the first leg of their Euro 2012 playoff, with goals from Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic and Vedran Corluka taking them to the brink of the finals.

Olic put the visitors ahead in the second minute with a simple tap in from close range and on 32 minutes Croatia doubled their lead when Mandzukic headed in a cross from Darijo Srna at the far post.

Turkey’s misery was complete in the second half as Corlukamade it 3-0 in the 51st minute, heading in from close range from a free kick by Srna.