Ratings are from 1-10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score.
Volkan Babacan – 9: Superb performance from Turkey’s number one goalkeeper. The Basaksehir man made several important saves to prevent Croatia taking the lead.
Ismail Koybasi – 6: The Fenerbahce full-back got into dangerous attacking positions but struggled defensively and gave away a needless penalty.
— Felipe Araya (@Felipeavr) September 6, 2016
Serdar Aziz – 7: The Galatasaray centre-back coped well with Croatia’s aerial threat and put on a decent display.
Mehmet Topal – 9: Stellar performance from the experienced Fenerbahce defensive midfielder. Topal was played out of position as a centre-back but showed great leadership and was a calming influence on what was otherwise a young and inexperienced group of players.
Sener Ozbayrakli – 8: Impressive showing from the Fenerbahce full-back. Croatia did not get much joy down his flank and he whipped in a number of dangerous crosses.
Ozan Tufan – 7: Assiduous display from the 21-year-old central midfielder who has gone onto establish himself as a first team regular. The box-to-box midfielder worked hard to disrupt Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic working their magic – and avoid another hair incident!
Kaan Ayhan – 7: Ayhan played remarkably well considering it was the 21-year-old’s second international game and he is actually a defender. Fatih Terim picked Ayhan in his midfield due to his physical presence. The 1.85m tall, burly defender managed to give Modric and Rakitic problems in midfield with his tough tackling.
Okay Yokuslu – 8: The 22-year-old was another surprise name in the starting line-up. Terim picked Yokuslu for the same reason he selected Ayhan. The Trabzonspor midfielder is 1.88m tall and used his strength to make things difficult for the Croatian midfield. Yokuslu also passed well and contributed to attacking moves.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 9: The Bayer Leverkusen star was back to his best against Croatia. Calhanoglu kept possession, passed accurately and provided a much needed creative spark in the attack. It always felt like either Emre Mor or the Bayer man would be the ones to score and both were involved in Turkey’s goal. Mor won the free-kick and Calhanoglu converted – with the help of a wicked deflection.
GOOOOOOOL HAKAN ÇALHANOĞLUUUUUUU. The free kick maestro strikes again! Turkey 1-1 Croatia pic.twitter.com/x8zVcr2m3j
— Turkish-Football.com (@Turkish_Futbol) September 5, 2016
Emre Mor – 8: The rising star of the young Turks. Mor has to deal with the pressure of being compared to the likes of Lionel Messi in the Turkish press but has managed to rise to the occasion. The 19-year-olld may just be one of the few ‘wonder-kids’ that actually reach their potential. The Dortmund kid is not the complete package just yet and tired towards the end of the game. Mor could do with work on his passing and tone down on the dribbling now and again but there is no denying he is an amazing talent.
— Turkish-Football.com (@Turkish_Futbol) September 6, 2016
Cenk Tosun – 7: Tosun hounded the Croatia back-line but had a frustrating evening overall. The Besiktas forward lacked the kind of service he has become accustomed to at his club but squandered the few chances he carved out for himself.