The official website for European football

Arif ties Slovakia in knots

Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.49CET
Turkey 3-0 Slovakia Arif Erdem's double inspires Turkey to a comfortable opening-day victory.

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.49CET

Arif ties Slovakia in knots

Turkey 3-0 Slovakia Arif Erdem's double inspires Turkey to a comfortable opening-day victory.

Turkey 3-0 Slovakia
Arif Erdem took the plaudits as Turkey ran out comfortable winners in their opening Group 7 game against Slovakia. On home territory at the Ali Sami Yen stadium, the Galatasaray SK striker set up one goal and scored the other two as Senol Günes's side overwhelmed their opponents.

Promising start
Slovakia made a promising start as Robert Vittek forced Rüstu Reçber to make a diving save from his angled shot in the first two minutes of the game, but it was to be a false dawn for Ladislav Jurkemik's side who were then subjected to a devastating footballing display from Turkey.

Precise cross
A lack of concentration in defence may have been to blame for Turkey's opener after 14 minutes, as three defenders all failed to cut out Arif's precise cross from the right, allowing Serhat Akin to surge up to the back post and beat goalkeeper Juraj Bucek with a six-metre shot.

Class and composure
However, as time went on in the first half and Turkey regained the class and composure that characterised their excellent performances in this summer's FIFA World Cup finals, there was little that Slovakia could do to prevent the home side extending their lead.

Arif on target
They duly did so in the final minute of the first half with another incisive piece of attacking football from Arif. Spotting a gap in the Slovakian defence, Arif charged through to collect an angled ball from the left before jabbing it between the legs of the gigantic Bucek and into the bottom corner of the net.

Substitute strength
Having all but evaporated as an attacking force in the first half, Slovakia at least looked more determined in the second, with substitutes Luboš Reiter and Rastislav Michalík both forcing saves out of Rüstu and rallying their demoralised teammates.

Killer blow
However, it was to be Arif's evening as he confirmed Turkey's ascendancy with a killer blow after 65 minutes. Substitute Nihat Kahveci sucked in the Slovakian defence before delivering a ball from the by-line which Vratislav Gresko could only deflect into the path of Arif.

Dead certainty
The striker was left with the simple task of beating Bucek from six metres out - a chance which in this kind of form he was never going to miss.

Last updated: 09/09/02 9.10CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2004/matches/round=1579/match=69355/postmatch/report/index.html#arif+ties+slovakia+knots

Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber
1
BucekJuraj Bucek
2
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution78
2
KarhanMiroslav Karhan
3
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz
3
ŠpilárMarek Špilár
4
Fatih AkyelFatih Akyel
4
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
5
Alpay ÖzalanAlpay Özalan
5
DzúrikPeter Dzúrik
6
Arif ErdemArif Erdem
Goal44
Goal65
6
LabantVladimír Labant
Substitution61
7
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution63
7
KiselKarol Kisel
8
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
8
KozlejJozef Kozlej
Substitution55
9
SerhatAkın Serhat
Goal14
Substitution87
9
GreškoVratislav Greško
Substitution72
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
10
JanočkoVladimír Janočko
11
ÜnsalHakan Ünsal
11
VittekRóbert Vittek

Substitutes

12
Ömer ÇatkıçÖmer Çatkıç
12
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský
15
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
Substitution63
15
HlinkaPeter Hlinka
Substitution72
17
Cihan HaspolatlıCihan Haspolatlı
Substitution78
16
ReiterĽuboš Reiter
Substitution55
18
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
Substitution87
17
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution61
13
Ümit KaranÜmit Karan
13
PoljovkaMartin Poljovka
14
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
14
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba
16
Ümit ÖzatÜmit Özat
18
MintálMarek Mintál

Coach

Şenol Güneş (TUR) Ladislav Jurkemik (SVK)

Referee

Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Salvador Chirino Rivera (ESP)

Fourth official

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2013 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.