Euro '08: Day 14 Review

Posted on: 24 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Turkey stage another remarkable comeback to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008.


Turkey staged another remarkable comeback against Croatia to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

The Turks will now meet Germany in the semi final on Wednesday evening after beating Croatia 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic extra-time finale in Vienna.

Results

Portugal 2-3 Germany

Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 on pens)

Holland 1-3 Russia (AET)

Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 on pens) 

Ivan Klasnic headed Croatia into what seemed like the last four with just seconds remaining – only for Turkey’s Semih Senturk to volley home an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

It was an astonishing finish to what was a disappointing game, especially for Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber, who made an awful error that looked to have given Croatia victory.

Rustu brushed himself down to set up Semih with a long free-kick and the leveller as referee Roberto Rosetti prepared to blow the final whistle.

Semi-Finals

25th June

Germany Vs Turkey

26th June

Russia Vs Spain

Turkey then held their nerve from the spot to clinch a semi-final spot.

Arda Turan, Semih and Hamit Altintop scored in the shoot-out for Turkey but Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic missed for Croatia and Rustu saved the deciding kick from Mladen Petric.

Turkey, Euro 2008’s late show specialists, have led matches for only nine minutes in the entire tournament and now face a huge task against the Germans.

Arda, Tuncay Sanli and Emre Asik will all miss the match through suspension after they were given yellow cards and with first-choice keeper Volkan Demirel already out in similar circumstances; the Turks also have to deal with a worsening injury crisis leaving them with just 13 available players.

However, after  watching Greece’s incredible win at Euro 2004, Turkey will no doubt feel they can go all the way.

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