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Germany strike late to seal final place

Published: Thursday 26 June 2008, 0.59CET
Germany 3-2 Turkey
Philipp Lahm's 90th-minute winner finally ended the challenge of a dogged Turkey in a gripping semi-final.
by Patrick Hart
from St. Jakob-Park
Germany strike late to seal final place
Philipp Lahm (left) wheels away in delight after his last-gasp winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyTurkey

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
11
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners2
 
8
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 June 2008, 0.59CET

Germany strike late to seal final place

Germany 3-2 Turkey
Philipp Lahm's 90th-minute winner finally ended the challenge of a dogged Turkey in a gripping semi-final.

A 90th-minute strike from Philipp Lahm sent Germany into the UEFA EURO 2008 final and ended the march of a brave Turkey side who were unable to summon one last dramatic equaliser.

Semih Şentürk had already brought Turkey to the brink of extra time with an 86th-minute strike, yet Lahm's super finish from Thomas Hitzlsperger's pass finally flattened Fatih Terim's team. For once, they had led first, through Uğur Boral's 22nd-minute opener, only for Bastian Schweinsteiger to quickly equalise before Miroslav Klose wrested the initiative 11 minutes from time in an exciting semi-final in Basel.

Christoph Metzelder's early slice from Uğur's cross set the tone. Kazım Kazım broke confidently before Lahm's sloppiness allowed his FC Bayern München team-mate Hamit Altıntop – one of two German-born Turkey starters along with Hakan Balta – a half-chance he scuffed at Jens Lehmann. Terim's men were playing as if they had nothing to lose. From Ayhan Akman's cutback, Kazım smashed against the crossbar. Semih nearly turned in a cross, then a telescopic leg from Per Mertesacker denied Ayhan.

After 17 minutes Germany woke up. Michael Ballack passed to Lahm, met the resulting cross with his head and sparked confusion in the opposition area. The Turkish thoroughbred had already bolted, though, and the first goal went their way after 22 minutes. Sabri Sarıoğlu threw the ball to Ayhan who chested it back, and from Sabri's cross Kazım's imperfect strike looped on to the crossbar – happily for the Crescent Stars an even untidier finish from Uğur burrowed under Lehmann's body.

Semih and Mehmet Aurélio might have doubled the advantage, only for Germany to equalise against the run of play. Lukas Podolski, the left prong in the trident behind Klose, delivered the centre which Schweinsteiger turned in from close range. A Klose call at Turkey's end was then followed by Lehmann having to tip over a Hamit free-kick. In return, Hamit's mistake almost undid a vibrant Turkey when his misplaced pass resulted in Podolski sprinting through but rifling over. Uğur's free-kick, won by the willing Kazım, elicited another Lehmann save.

This was a tough contest for Joachim Löw's team, make no mistake. The forward runs of Kazım, Hamit, Ayhan and Uğur in support of Semih were causing no end of trouble. If green in places because of an absentee list including four injured, four suspended and one half-fit substitute, Turkey were also fresh, energetic and enthusiastic.

Germany began to show the same qualities – Hitzlsperger found his range, Ballack did not after winning a free-kick. The Mannschaft had dominated both games when these sides met at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland but you would not have guessed it was them, not Turkey, chasing a sixth final appearance and a fourth European title.

Full-back Sabri's right-wing surge went unrewarded, then Uğur warmed Lehmann's hands as Turkey continued to attack through clever use of the flanks. However, it was a long cross from a deeper position from Lahm that looked to have decided the match, goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber failing to reach a ball that Klose headed into the unguarded net.

Turkey had redefined the term plucky underdog with last-gasp goals against Switzerland, Czech Republic and Croatia and duly came again. Sabri was the source, his cross being turned in at the near post by Semih. Extra time loomed, but that was discounting the one-two between Hitzlsperger and Lahm that provided the knockout punch.

Last updated: 10/01/12 10.20CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Turkey

Turkey

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK) (C)
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
Substitution46
4
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Goal26
6
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal79
Substitution90+2
7
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
9
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
Yellow Card53
Goal86
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
16
Uğur BoralUğur Boral
Goal22
Substitution84
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Goal90
18
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
Substitution90+2
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
19
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
Substitution81
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
20
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
Yellow Card90+4
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
22
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop

Substitutes

12
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
12
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK)
23
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
Substitution90+2
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
4
FritzClemens Fritz
10
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution84
5
WestermannHeiko Westermann
11
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Substitution90+2
8
FringsTorsten Frings
Substitution46
13
Emre GüngörEmre Güngör
9
GomezMario Gomez
21
Mevlüt ErdinçMevlüt Erdinç
Substitution81
10
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
14
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
18
BorowskiTim Borowski
19
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Stéphane Cuhat (SUI)

Fourth official

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

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