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Play-offs for Croatian trio

Posted on 11 October 2011  - 12:00

Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric will go into the Euro 2012 play-offs with Croatia after a tense final round of qualifying matches on Tuesday night.

Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric will go into the Euro 2012 play-offs with Croatia after a tense final round of qualifying matches on Tuesday night.

All three of our players started as Slaven Bilic's side ran out 2-0 winners against Latvia in Group F.

Croatia needed leaders Greece to slip-up against Georgia to to take top spot and go straight through to next summer's finals in Poland/Ukraine.

It was all going to plan as time ticked away in the second half as Georgia took a 19th-minute lead against Greece and then goals from Eduardo and Mario Mandzukic after 66 and 72 minutes saw Croatia 2-0 up and back on top of the group.

However, Greece recovered with two goals in the final 10 minutes to win 2-1, finish top of the group and consign Croatia to the play-offs.

Luka went close in the first half, Vedran was substituted in the 34th minute and Niko taken off in the 59th minute.

Croatia are joined by Portugal, Czech Republic, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Estonia in the play-offs.

They are the highest-ranked team in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system and the top four ranked teams will be seeded and then drawn against the non-seeds in Thursday's draw in Krakow, Poland.

All the seeded teams will play the away leg first and the away-goals rule will be in force.

The first legs will take place on either November 11 or 12, with the second legs on November 15.