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Joy for Luka, Vedran, Niko

Posted on 15 November 2011  - 12:00

Luka Modric helped Croatia secure their place in the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday night.

Luka Modric helped Croatia secure their place in the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday night.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as the play-off, second leg finished goalless in Zagreb.

Croatia did all the damage in Friday night's first leg in Istanbul when Vedran Corluka was amongst the goalcorers in a 3-0 win.

Vedran was suspended for the second leg while Niko Kranjcar, our third Croatia international, missed out as he recovers from a thigh injury.

The play-off victory goes some way to avenge Croatia's penalty shoot-out defeat against Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 and means Slaven Bilic's men are back in the finals of a major tournament having failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Luka told us last week that it was vitally important for his country to make it to Poland/Ukraine.

"I just hope we can win the games and qualify, it’s massively important for everyone, for our careers, for Croatian football," he said.