Wednesday, 11 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Switzerland 1-2 Turkey

Ardan Turan's deflected goal deep in injury time gave Turkey a win that revived their Euro 2008 hopes – but ended those of co-hosts Switzerland.

Group A - Matchday 2
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland became the first team knocked out of the competition after they lost to Turkey. The Swiss had taken the lead during a torrential downpour when a low cross slowed on the drenched pitch and allowed Hakan Yakin to tap in. Yakin missed a glorious chance from the same spot and was punished later on when Semih Senturk headed Turkey level. Arda Turan then broke Swiss hearts when he cut inside and scored with a shot in injury-time which took a deflection. Portugal's win over the Czech Republic earlier on had added to the pressure on the home side as they knew a defeat would result in their elimination.

The Turks can now qualify by beating Czech Republic in the final group game on Sunday, while Switzerland will play for pride against Portugal.

Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Muller, Senderos, Magnin, Behrami, Inler, Gelson (Cabanas 76), Barnetta (Vonlanthen 66), Yakin (Gygax 85), Derdiyok.
Turkey: Demirel, Altintop, Asik, Cetin, Balta, Karadeniz (Senturk 46), Aurelio, Metin (Topal 46), Turan, Nihat (Kazim-Richards 85), Sanli.

[Euro 2008 Group A]

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