Bilic: ‘Luka played phenomenally’

Croatian national manager Slaven Bilic has praised midfielder Luka Modric for his performances during Euro 2008.

This comes after Luka missed the opening penalty in a shootout with Turkey that his team eventually lost 3-1 on.

The match had gone to penalties after ending 1-1 after extra time.

Bilic said: “Luka played phenomenally and he certainly didn’t deserve to miss that penalty. Throughout this tournament he was the maestro.

“As for Turkey this is the third match they’ve won in this extreme fashion. If they continued to be lucky and they don’t give up they might reach the final.

“It’s obvious they don’t just have quality but something else too and that’s something you need in football.

“But I want to congratulate both teams for a great game of football.

“This match shows why it’s the most dramatic and most popular game in the world.

“My players put in a heroic performance and I can have no complaints about any of them.”