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Nihat takes Turkey to the finals

Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.49CET
Turkey 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Nihat Kahveci's goal earned victory over stubborn Bosnia-Herzegovina and a ticket to the EURO finals.
Nihat takes Turkey to the finals
Nihat Kahveci rejoices as Turkey reach the EURO ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners5
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.49CET

Nihat takes Turkey to the finals

Turkey 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Nihat Kahveci's goal earned victory over stubborn Bosnia-Herzegovina and a ticket to the EURO finals.

Turkey secured their place at UEFA EURO 2008™ after Nihat Kahveci's goal earned victory over stubborn Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Second place
Nihat struck at the end of a first half that Fatih Terim's team dominated, yet the hosts were unable to build on that lead and had to endure some tense moments. However, the win assured them of second place in Group C at Norway's expense.

Victory required
With Norway facing Malta in their final qualifier, and just a point separating the third-placed Scandinavians from Terim's men, Turkey needed to win to progress. Nihat, Arda Turan and Nihat again all forced early saves from goalkeeper Adnan Gušo, and with the exception of a wayward Branislav Krunić effort, the hosts dominated.

On target
Nihat, who was proving a constant thorn in the side of Fuad Muzurović's team, finally found a way through two minutes before half-time. Hamit Altıntop found space down the left and crossed for the Villarreal CF forward who finished from 12 metres.

Resistance
A more positive Bosnia-Herzegovina began the second period. Edin Džeko drew a save from Rüştü Reçber and Turkish attempts to unsettle the visitors were now paying fewer dividends. Emre Belözoglu tried to ease nerves among the home supporters with a free-kick that flashed wide. Terim attempted the same thing by bringing on midfielder Gökdeniz Karadeniz for Nihat. The strategy worked as Turkey held out to pip Norway to second place behind Greece and a berth in Austria/Switzerland.

Last updated: 22/11/07 9.20CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
1
GušoAdnan Gušo (GK)
18
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
21
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
Substitution75
21
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
13
NadarevićSafet Nadarević
Yellow Card82
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
2
BerberovićDžemal Berberović
Yellow Card39
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
3
MerzićSamir Merzić
Substitution89
22
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
5
BajićBranimir Bajić
7
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
6
KrunićBranislav Krunić
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu (C)
11
MaletićDarko Maletić
14
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution76
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović (C)
8
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
Goal43
Substitution90
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
11
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
Yellow Card48
Substitution61
23
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution83

Substitutes

12
Serkan KırıntılıSerkan Kırıntılı (GK)
22
TripićBojan Tripić (GK)
15
Hayrettin YerlikayaHayrettin Yerlikaya
26
JahićSanel Jahić
4
Sedat BayrakSedat Bayrak
16
RadeljicIvan Radeljic
20
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution90
4
DamjanovićDario Damjanović
25
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
Substitution61
8
MuharemovićVeldin Muharemović
Substitution89
17
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
Substitution76
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution75
19
Mehmet YıldızMehmet Yıldız
17
SalihovićSejad Salihović
Substitution83

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Fuad Muzurovic (BIH)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Patrick Gerritsen (NED)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

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