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Quick Report: Switzerland 1-2 Turkey

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 Jun 2008

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A dramatic late winner by Arda Turan lifted Turkey to a 2-1 victory over co-hosts Switzerland in Basel, eliminating the Swiss from Euro 2008 on Tuesday night. The win for Turkey also booked Portugal’s passage into the quarter-finals.

The storyline in the first half was the driving rain pouring down in St. Jakob Park causing footing and passing to go by the wayside, but the Swiss seemed to thrive in it with Tranquillo Barnetta firing in a shot that had to be parried away by Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

In the 32nd minute, the Swiss finally opened their goalscoring account in the tournament as a looping ball found 19-year-old Eren Derdiyok onside and he laid it back into the six-yard box for a charging Hakan Yakin to slot home.

Switzerland had a couple of chances to add to the lead, but Turkey found themselves level in the 57th minute when Nihat’s cross from the left finds the head of substitute Semih Sentürk to beat Diego Benaglio.

Nihat almost had the go-ahead for Turkey when he slid for a pass from Tuncay, but it was just out of reach. Switzerland also came close to taking the lead in the 84th minute when a counterattack led to an open shot by Yakin, but Volkan Demirel saved well from that shot and the rebound.

But three minutes into added time, Turan ran down the left flank on a counterattack, turned inside two defenders and fired a shot that deflected off a Swiss player and into the net for the winner.

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Fatih Terim had in mind surprising people by choosing Mevlut (a youngster playing in France, mostly unknown to the Turkish fans) as the striker. For it was too sharp a decision for such an international organisation, he is stepping back to what can be expected: Semih Senturk as the striker (Sevilla fans may remember him well) and Arda Turan supporting him along with Nihat Kahveci as the surprise strikers. We are getting better match by match, however it would not be nice if we “had to” beat Czech Republic at the final match of the group. Now it seems this… Read more »

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