Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar believes they have learned from the bitter experience of their quarter-final defeat by Turkey four years ago and are ready to make a real push in Euro 2012.
The Croatians looked to have sealed a place in the last four when they grabbed the lead in Vienna with just a minute of extra-time remaining only to allow the Turks to draw level seconds later and eventually win on penalties.
A semifinal clash with Germany slipped out of Croatia's hands but Kranjcar, who this week sealed a move from Tottenham Hotspur to Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev, is convinced such a slip-up will not be replicated with a more mature squad.
"If a similar situation to the Turkey game comes around then that scenario is not going to repeat itself," he said.
"The reason we lost to Turkey was a lack of experience. Now we are at our peak and we are more experienced."