Inter Milan midfielders Hakan Calhanoglu and Kristjan Asllani helped their respective nations achieve important wins in Euro 2024 qualifiers on Friday.
In the top clash of Group D, Croatia hosted Turkiye in Osijek. The home side started with a formidable midfield unit containing former Nerazzurri stars Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic, in addition to Real Madrid legend Luka Modric.
Nevertheless, the Croatians failed to score a goal despite creating several chances. The Turk escaped with all three points thanks to a winner from Baris Yilmaz at the half-hour mark.
Hakan Calhanoglu started for Vincenzo Montella’s side, operating as an attacking midfielder in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
As FcInterNews reports, the hosts had a claim for a late spot-kick. However, VAR denied their request.
Turkiye now sit on top of the table with 13 points from six fixtures. Croatia are second with 10 points, but have an extra match in hand.
Inter Milan Midfielders Hakan Calhanoglu & Kristjan Asllani Started In Their Countries’ Respective Victories In Euro 2024 Qualifiers
In Group E, Albania consolidated their spot on top with a marauding 3-0 win over their visitors Czech Republic.
As we reported yesterday, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio attended the match to scout West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek.
However, it was the Albanians who ran the show on their own turf. Young Nerazzurri midfielder Asllani was on the pitch for the entire game.
Jasir Asani opened the scoring in the 9th minute while Taulant Seferi added a second-half brace.