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Turkey storm to victory in Athens

Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.59CET
Greece 1-4 Turkey Turkey came from behind to earn an emphatic win in Greece that has put them in the Group C driving seat.
Turkey storm to victory in Athens
Turkey celebrate during their win in Greece ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GreeceTurkey

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners3
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.59CET

Turkey storm to victory in Athens

Greece 1-4 Turkey Turkey came from behind to earn an emphatic win in Greece that has put them in the Group C driving seat.

Turkey fought back from a goal down to earn an emphatic UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win in Greece that puts them in the driving seat in Group C.

Turnaround
After falling behind to their Aegean rivals within five minutes, goals from Tuncay Sanli, Gökhan Ünal, Tümer Metin and Gökdeniz Karadeniz turned the game around to move the Turks three points clear of their opponents in the pool.

Greek opener
European champions Greece had begun brightly and when Turkey failed to clear a corner, the Greece midfield were quick to pick up the ball and play it into the path of defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who crashed a shot into the net from close range. The lead could have been doubled soon after when a fizzing drive by Georgios Karagounis flew straight to Volkan Demirel, while at the other end Tuncay and then Sabrı Sarıoğlu hit wayward efforts into the crowd.

Equaliser arrives
The equaliser arrived for Turkey in the 27th minute, however. A free-kick from his own half by Tümer reached Sabrı on the right and his neat cross was too good for the Greece defence, with Tuncay doing well to hit a powerful right-foot shot beyond Antonios Nikopolidis. The visitors further outlined their attacking intentions directly after the restart when Tuncay nodded narrowly over, before Gökhan fired them ahead with a powerful strike from the edge of the box on 55 minutes.

Goals flow
Then, in the 70th minute, it was three, Tümer's low strike from outside the area nestling into the bottom corner, giving Nikopolidis no chance. And there was still time for substitute Gökdeniz to grab a fourth, pushing the ball in from close range nine minutes before the whistle. Turkey next face Norway at home on Wednesday, when Greece visit Malta looking to bounce back from their first defeat.

Last updated: 25/03/07 12.35CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Turkey

Turkey

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
23
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
Yellow Card83
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
2
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Goal5
22
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Yellow Card90
4
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
Yellow Card36
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Substitution56
3
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
Substitution19
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
7
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
11
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Goal70
Substitution80
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
25
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution72
18
Gökhan ÜnalGökhan Ünal
Goal55
Substitution57
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution63
20
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür (C)
4
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
17
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
Goal27

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
1
Orkun UşakOrkun Uşak (GK)
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
5
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
22
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
10
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Substitution80
Goal81
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
15
Hüseyin ÇimşirHüseyin Çimşir
Substitution57
20
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution72
16
Volkan YamanVolkan Yaman
Substitution19
15
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Substitution56
21
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution63
26
Mehmet YıldızMehmet Yıldız

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Sönke Glindemann (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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