Volkan Babacan will feel he should have kept out Luka Modric’s volley, but it wasn’t the goalkeeper who the Turkish fans will angry with after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Croatia.
Ozan Tufan has been torn apart on social media after one particular angle revealed the midfielder was fixing his hair in the moments prior to Modric’s goal.
Instead of rushing out to close down the Croatian star, Tufan jogged out while playing with his hair. Seconds later and the ball was in the back of the net. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Needless to say, the reaction against Tufan on social media hasn’t been good.
As well as his lackadaisical attempt to close down Modric, the 21-year-old has also been criticised for carrying a bit of excess weight.
Video: Tufan caught fixing his hair
Turkey huffed and puffed but were unable to find a way past Croatia, who were touted as dark horses before a ball was kicked this summer.
Ante Cacic hails Modric
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Croatia manager Ante Cacic hailed Modric’s stunner as “magic” and praised the Real Madrid star’s overall performance.
"Luka [Modric] deserves to be talked about -- this was one of his best matches,” Cacic was quoted as saying by ESPN. “He really played well, he was our leader. He scored this magic goal and it turned out to be the only one of the game.
"We need Luka in this form because, when he is, the whole team looks different. It looks better and more aggressive.
"I expected a very tough match -- it was tough for us too but we stood up well. After we scored we held on to it well, we had more possession and chances to get more goals, but I have to be satisfied because it's really important to win the first game -- it sets you up for the next two matches.
"We had chances. It's not easy to score more than once but we were unlucky. We hit the bar twice, [Ivan] Perisic had some opportunities but we didn't protect our lead -- we showed the desire to score one or two more goals."
Fatih Terim expects to see more
Turkey’s head coach Fatih Terim, meanwhile, admitted he wants to see more from the team’s ‘big’ players in the next two matches against Spain and Czech Republic.
"We played well in the first half,” Terim said. “Croatia were better than us in the second, but we had a big chance to score the first goal. If we'd got that, it would have been different.
"In the second half, especially after 60 minutes, we dropped physically and Croatia were better than us -- they had more chances.
"It's not over till it's over. We played against a very strong side. We have two more games, against Spain and the Czech Republic, and we'll do our best. We'll keep fighting.
"I'm upset, but we'll take our lessons from this. Our big players need to deliver more. It's a team game but I have high expectations from them and, if they deliver enough, we'll get some good results."
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