Sunday, 15 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic

Two late Nihat Kahveci strikes booked ten-man Turkey a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 in an exhilarating finish to their Group A match against Czech Republic in Geneva.

Group A - Matchday 3
Stade de Geneve, Geneva
Nihat Kahveci scored two late goals to complete a pulsating Turkey comeback against the Czech Republic and secure his side a Euro 2008 last eight spot. Jan Koller steered in a header to put the Czechs ahead before Jaroslav Plasil slid in to add a second. Arda Turan slotted in for Turkey to set up a tense finale and Nihat equalised after Petr Cech dropped a cross. Nihat then crashed in a shot off the bar before Turkey keeper Volkan Demirel was red-carded for a push on Koller. Tuncay Sanli went in goal as Turkey saw the game out and completed a classic and unlikely comeback to set up a last eight tie against Croatia.

Turkey: Demirel, Altintop, Gungor (Asik 65), Cetin, Balta, Topal (Kazim-Richards 57), Aurelio, Turan, Sanli, Nihat, Senturk (Sarioglu 46).
Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Ujfalusi, Rozehnal, Jankulovski, Sionko (Vlcek 84), Matejovsky (Jarolim 39), Galasek, Polak, Plasil (Kadlec 80), Koller.

[Euro 2008 Group A]

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