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Croatia coach hails majestic Modric

  • Croatia coach hails majestic Modric

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Luka Modric of Croatia celebrates his team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Turkey and Croatia at Parc des Princes on June 12, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed the man-of-the-match performance of the majestic Luka Modric following his side's winning start against Turkey at Euro 2016 on Sunday.

Modric fired his side into the lead with a brilliant dipping volley from just outside the box four minutes before halftime and Croatia held on to win 1-0 at the Parc des Princes against a spirited but limited Turkey.

"Luka really deserves to be talked about, especially after this match. It was one of his best for Croatia," the 62-year-old Cacic enthused after the game.

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"He really played well, he was our leader, he scored a magical goal, and it turned out to be the only goal. We need Luka in this form because our team looks better, more aggressive."

The game descended into a scrappy affair but Modric rose above the mediocrity with his clever passing and movement and his goal proved the icing on the cake.

"I struck it perfectly and I scored. I'm happy about the goal, but I'm even happier about the result and the three points," Modric told reporters.

"We played really aggressively. We played like the big national teams, and I think we are a big team now. This was the first match in this tournament and there are many more in front of us," he added.

His wonder strike prompted wild jubilation both on the pitch and in the stands, with one fan making his way down onto the pitch to join in the celebrations with the Croatian players - something the goalscorer was oblivious to at the time.

Despite security being a concern following the trouble at the end of Saturday's game between Russia and England, Modric brushed off the incident.

"It could have been a supporter from Turkey, but thank God it was a Croatian supporter," the Real Madrid playmaker said.

"After scoring the goal I didn't even notice. It was only afterwards I realised, but it turned out not to be dangerous."

Turkey coach Fatih Terim was left to rue a missed chance in the first half, which he believes would have changed the result of the match.

Ozan Tufan's downward header was blocked on the line by Danijel Subasic as Turkey had the first clear chance of the match.

"If Ozan had scored (this goal), the outcome of the match would have been different," Terim said.

"We had the best chance in the first half but it was not the case after the break.

"We were dominated physically, we dropped after about an hour."

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