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The Croatia star lined up a volley from 30 yards and connected to give his nation the lead at Euro 2016.

By The SI Staff
June 12, 2016

Luka Modric turned in a sensational effort to open the scoring in Croatia's Euro 2016 bout vs. Turkey.

A high, looping clearance fell to Modric some 30 yards from goal, and he exhibited top technique in volleying a dipping blast to beat Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan. It was the only tally of the game, as Croatia, despite hitting the crossbar on a pair of second-half chances, held on for the 1-0 victory.

Modric doesn't score often for Croatia–it was his first goal since October 2014, his third since 2011 and just his 11th in his storied career for his nation–but it doesn't mean he's not capable, as he showed Sunday in Paris, and Croatia improves to 10-0-1 in matches that he scores. The 41st-minute strike gets added to the already growing highlight reel of top strikes from Euro 2016 along with Dimitri Payet, Eric Dier and Gareth Bale.

The strike caught the eye of Bale, Modric's club teammate at Real Madrid:

Croatia will also play Spain and Czech Republic at Euro 2016's Group D.

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