Turkey are through to the quarter finals of Euro 2008 after an incredible clash with the Czech Republic in Group A.
The Czechs were the stronger side in the first half and were rewarded in the 34th minute when Jan Koller headed home from a Grygera cross.
And things seemed practically decided when Jaroslav Plasil scored the second goal just after the hour mark, with Sionko providing the assist.
But the Turks regained confidence when Arda Turan got one back in the 75th minute. Arda received the ball near the edge of the area and struck past Cech for 1-2.
And Turkey saved the best for last, albeit with more than a little help from Petr Cech. The goalkeeper should have controlled a cross from the right without particular trouble, but dropped it and allowed Nihat Kahveci to level the score.
While the Czechs thought that things couldn’t get much worse, they could. It was again Nihat to beautifully strike past Cech in the 89th minute and lead Turkey to the quarter finals.
Goalkeeper Volkan pushed a Czech player in stoppage time and left referee Frojdfeldt no choice. The keeper was sent off and as Turkey had no substitutions left, it was Tuncay to spend the last few minutes in goal.
The Turkish defense kept the ball away from their goal though and secured one of the most spectacular victories in Euro history.
Turkey face Group B winners Croatia in the quarter finals.
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