Euro '08: Day 17 ReviewPosted on: 26 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Phillip Lahm scored a last-minute winner as Germany beat Turkey 3-2 in dramatic style to reach the Euro 2008 final.
Phillip Lahm’s last-minute winner earned Germany a place in the Euro 2008 final and sank Turkey in a thrilling match in Basel.
Lahm combined brilliantly with former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to unlock the Turkish defence with seconds left on the clock.
Germany 3-2 Turkey
The Bayern Munich full back showed a cool head to beat Rustu Recber and give the Germans victory, despite Turkey being much the better side.
Ugur Boral scrambled the Turks ahead after 22 minutes but Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised quickly from close range with a neat flick.
Miroslav Klose headed Germany in front with just 11 minutes remaining but Semih Senturk levelled, beating Jens Lehmann at his near post.
And with extra-time looking likely, Lahm produced a moment of magic to end Turkey’s brave performance.
Germany barely deserved their 3-2 victory, but go on to reach yet another major final despite unconvincing and stuttering performances.
They’ll meet either Russia or Spain in Vienna on Sunday and despite their underperforming displays, will still be heavy favourites to take their fourth European Championship title.
Turkey defied all expectations to reach the semi-finals, and despite being ravaged by injuries and suspension they still managed to produce an outstanding performance.
Russia Vs Spain
Germany Vs Russia/ Spain
In fact, they should have been well in front by half-time as former Brighton and Sheffield United forward Colin Kazim-Richards held his head in anguish in the 12th minute when he rattled the bar.
He was denied by the woodwork again with a looping effort 10 minutes later but Ugur bundled home the rebound.
Germany hit back through Schweinsteiger and Klose and looked to be heading to Vienna.
But under the inspirational leadership of coach Fatih Terim, Turkey’s refusal to accept defeat meant they are at their most dangerous when behind and it proved again as they drew level with four minutes left.
Extra time would have been the very least Turkey deserved but their campaign ended in heartbreak in the closing moments when Lahm raided from deep to secure Germany’s spot after one of the games of the tournament.
Turkish boss Terim now seems set to end his second spell in charge of his country this week, while his opposite number Joachim Low prepares to take his side into his first final in a major competition.
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