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Turkey prove their mettle

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 19.12CET
Turkey 3-2 F.Y.R Macedonia The hosts come from behind twice to triumph in Istanbul thriller.

Match statistics

TurkeyFYROM

Goals scored3
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 19.12CET

Turkey prove their mettle

Turkey 3-2 F.Y.R Macedonia The hosts come from behind twice to triumph in Istanbul thriller.

Turkey maintained their 100 per cent home record with a 3-2 victory against a spirited F.Y.R Macedonia in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 7 - but they had to come from behind twice before securing all three points.

Second-half style
The home side were made to work hard for the win in Istanbul's Inönü stadium - particularly in the first half - but turned on the style after the break and comprehensively outplayed the Macedonians in the latter stages.

Emre curler
Internazionale FC's Emre Belözoglu almost opened the scoring as early as the second minute when his free-kick from the left caught goalkeeper Petar Milosevski by surprise and was punched away for a corner.

Incisive forays
F.Y.R. Macedonia, however, were far from intimidated and Sašo Lazarevski's incisive forays down the left flank caused concern throughout. The winger provided the away team's first chance, bursting clear to curl in a cross which Aco Stojkov headed over. He went one better in the 23rd minute, crossing for Vlatko Grozdanov to drill in at the far post.

Rapid replies
Turkey, though, equalised within seconds of the restart. Real Sociedad forward Nihat Kahveci collected a short pass from the inspirational Emre and cut across the area to strike a shot which ricocheted in off the underside of the bar. But before the home team could recompose themselves, they were behind again, Aco Stojkov breaking clear on the right and overpowering his marker to clip a ball across the face of goal for Artim Sakiri to bundle in.

Günes delight
It was imperative that Turkey seized control from the start of the second period and coach Senol Günes must have been delighted when his side equalised just three minutes after the interval, gaining the impetus they would need to win the match. Hakan Sükür did well to hold off several defenders inside the box and laid the ball on for Gökdeniz Karadeniz to poke past Milosevski.

Predatory instincts
The hosts were now wholly in command and Sükür showed his predatory instincts in the 59th minute when he scored what proved to be the winning goal, latching on to a ball clipped into the box by Nihat and volleying into the bottom left-hand corner. From then on, the result was never in doubt and Turkey were unlucky not to collect a fourth goal in the dying moments, substitute Deniz Baris prodding just wide following a flowing move from deep inside his own half.

Key encounters
Turkey will hope to collect three points from their trip to face Liechtenstein on 6 September, the same day the Macedonian's are set to play undefeated England in what will be key encounters in deciding the group.

Last updated: 12/06/03 0.04CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

FYROM

FYROM

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
1
MilosevskiPetar Milosevski (GK)
2
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Yellow Card31
Substitution43
2
BozinovskiVasko Bozinovski
3
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz (C)
3
VasoskiAleksandar Vasoski
Yellow Card82
4
Fatih AkyelFatih Akyel
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski
Yellow Card31
5
Alpay ÖzalanAlpay Özalan
5
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
Yellow Card68
Substitution71
6
PenbeErgün Penbe
6
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
7
KorkutTayfun Korkut
Substitution46
7
StojkovAco Stojkov
8
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
Yellow Card15
9
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
Goal57
Substitution78
9
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
Goal23
Substitution85
10
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
10
SakiriArtim Sakiri (C)
Goal27
11
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
Goal25
11
LazarevskiSaso Lazarevski

Substitutes

12
Ömer ÇatkıçÖmer Çatkıç (GK)
12
NikoloskiJane Nikoloski (GK)
14
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution43
Goal47
13
StankovskiGoran Stankovski
Substitution71
16
YilmazOkan Yilmaz
Substitution46
15
NuhijiArben Nuhiji
Substitution85
17
VolkanArslan Volkan
Substitution78
16
ToleskiGoce Toleski
13
Ahmet YıldırımAhmet Yıldırım
14
KumbevPance Kumbev
15
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
17
DimitrovskiDraganco Dimitrovski
18
SonkayaFatih Sonkaya
18
BajevskiAleksandar Bajevski

Coach

Şenol Güneş (TUR) Nikola Ilievski (MKD)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Vincenzo Mitro (ITA), Andrea Consolo (ITA)

Fourth official

Emilio Pellegrino (ITA)

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