Friday, June 20, 2008

Turks stun Croatia in extra time

Turkey continued its improbable ride today when they defeated Croatia by penalty kicks 3-1 in Vienna. The game ended in a scoreless draw and the teams played one full period of overtime without a tally. Near the end of the second overtime, Croatia grabbed the lead and appeared to have the game in hand until Turkey countered with seconds to spare. A goal by Semih Senturk scored to take the match to penalty kicks. During PKs, Turkey converted on all three while Croatia, dumbfounded by the turn of events, was only able to manage one penalty kick.

Croatia had previously beaten Germany in group play while on their way to three victories. Meanwhile,Turkey scored three goals within fifteen minutes to erase a 2-0 deficit against Czech Republic which took them from the brink of elimination all the way into the semifinals. The Turks will face Germany on Wednesday in Basel.
Turkey 3 - Croatia 1 (PKs)
Game stats

Game Photos, Germany v. Portugal, June 19 and Croatia v. Turkey, June 20


At 6/27/2008 9:32 AM, Blogger FJ said...

can't believe they lost on PKs. did you hear about Donadoni/Lippi yet? Unbelievable. I kinda wish Lippi had just stayed retired instead of waiting in the wings; not really fair to Donadoni after using a pretty masterful defensive set for the Spain game (no matter which coach we've had in the last 30 years, it seems it's always a very defensive-oriented game plan in important games). But again, what's done is done, so maybe Lippi will once again bring Italy a World Cup in South Africa? What are your thoughts on the current team/ the loss to Spain/ where they need to go in terms of newer players, etc. for the upcoming qualifying matches?


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