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Turkey win as Gera sees red

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET
Turkey 3-0 Hungary Second-half strikes by Gökhan Ünal, Mehmet Aurelio and Halil Altıntop earned Turkey a Group C victory against ten-man Hungary.
Turkey win as Gera sees red
Gökhan Ünal celebrates opening the scoring against Hungary ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyHungary

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
0
Corners8
 
4
Fouls committed4
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET

Turkey win as Gera sees red

Turkey 3-0 Hungary Second-half strikes by Gökhan Ünal, Mehmet Aurelio and Halil Altıntop earned Turkey a Group C victory against ten-man Hungary.

Two goals in four second-half minutes proved the difference as Turkey defeated ten-man Hungary to revive their hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™.

Late flurry
After being frustrated by Hungary for more than three-quarters of the game in Istanbul, Turkey made the most of Zoltán Gera's dismissal to score through Gökhan Ünal and Mehmet Aurelio before Halil Altıntop sealed the win with a late third. The three points earned put Turkey level with Norway in second place in Group C.

Even contest
Fatih Terim's men were looking to improve on form that had yielded no victories from three preceding qualifiers, including a draw in Malta on Saturday. They began a fast-paced game well and went close to scoring through Gökdeniz Karadeniz and Tuncay Sanli in the first half. Hungary had their chances too, but Tamás Priskin was narrowly off target both times they threatened Hakan Arıkan's goal.

Key decision
The turning point occurred on 63 minutes when Gera, who had been Hungary's hero four days before with the winning goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina, picked up his second yellow card for simulation. Turkey took advantage five minutes later as Emre found Gökdeniz, who chipped to the far post for Gökhan to rise unchallenged and head in. Within four minutes they doubled their lead, this time Aurelio sweeping the ball in after a long-range shot by Emre had been blocked.

Icing the cake
There was still time for Halil Altıntop to score a third deep into added time, with a stunning strike that flew past substitute goalkeeper János Balogh – a replacement for the injured Márton Fülöp. The result leaves Turkey two points behind group leaders Greece with four matches remaining, and with a game in hand on level-pegging Norway.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.34CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Hungary

Hungary

12
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
1
FülöpMárton Fülöp (GK)
Substitution71
4
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
4
JuhászRoland Juhász
22
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Yellow Card23
5
SzelesiZoltán Szélesi
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
6
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
Yellow Card39
3
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
8
CsizmadiaCsaba Csizmadia
7
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
Goal72
3
VaskóTamás Vaskó
10
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution61
2
VassAdam Vass
11
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
Substitution67
11
GeraZoltán Gera (C)
Yellow Card19
Red Card63
17
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
Substitution82
18
Gökhan ÜnalGökhan Ünal
Goal68
10
HajnalTamás Hajnal
Yellow Card90
8
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci (C)
Substitution46
9
PriskinTamás Priskin
Yellow Card26
Substitution66

Substitutes

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
12
BaloghJános Balogh (GK)
Substitution71
19
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman
16
TóthBalázs Tóth
Substitution66
24
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
18
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
Substitution82
27
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
Substitution67
15
BuzsákyÁkos Buzsáky
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution46
13
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
6
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz
14
FeczesinRóbert Feczesin
21
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution61
Goal90+3
17
FilkorAttila Filkor

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Péter Várhidi (HUN)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alan Cunningham (SCO), Stuart Macaulay (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

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