| Ezgi Manlaci's five steals were clinical for Turkey, none more so than one with the clock ticking down|
Turkey breathed a huge sigh of relief as they eventually shrugged off a never-say-die Croatia 57-51 to take the last remaining ticket for the quarter-finals of the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar.
In a fascinating and tense battle, Turkey prevailed thanks to a flurry of fast-break scores in the last few minutes, as Croatia switched off and watched in dismay as their previously fine work unravelled in front of their eyes.
Had Croatia dug out a win, then it would have sent Czech Republic into the last eight as part of a three-way tie situation.
Sitting courtside, the Czechs may have been left disappointed, but Croatia certainly pushed Turkey all the way.
It was one of the closest games and most entertaining clashes of the entire tournament in terms of the teams continually exchanging leads and slugging it out in a bid to come out on top.
With less than three minutes left on the game clock and still nothing separating the teams at 48, it boiled down to who would have the composure to make the big plays.
Turkey answered most emphatically, with consecutive steals by Busra Akbas and Ezgi Manlaci meaning they wrestled the initiative away from the hosts.
Manlaci had five steals in the game and Melis Gulcan came up with a precious 12 points and eight rebounds.
Katerina Matijevic produced the smartest display in defeat with ten boards and six points.