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Turkey stroll to success in Kazakhstan

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.00CET
Kazakhstan 0-3 Turkey
Hamit Altıntop struck a memorable first-half volley as Turkey opened their Group A account with a handsome victory in Astana.
Turkey stroll to success in Kazakhstan
Turkey's Tuncay Şanlı tussles with Azat Nurgaliyev of Kazakhstan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KazakhstanTurkey

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
15
Attempts on target3
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
12

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/10/2015 13:07 CET
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.00CET

Turkey stroll to success in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 0-3 Turkey
Hamit Altıntop struck a memorable first-half volley as Turkey opened their Group A account with a handsome victory in Astana.

Guus Hiddink's Turkey kicked off their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group A campaign in superb style courtesy of a commanding victory away against Kazakhstan.

Overseeing his first competitive encounter since taking the Turkey job, Hiddink watched as his charges notched up a 2-0 first-half lead; Arda Turan breaking the deadlock before Hamit Altıntop let fly with a sumptuous 25-metre volley. Kazakhstan posed more of a threat after the restart, but it was Turkey who struck again towards the end, Nihat Kahveci making sure they will welcome Tuesday's opponents Belgium with three points under their belts.

Determined to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine, the visitors took control of the encounter thanks to an explosive two-minute spell midway through the first period. Arda Turan landed the opening blow when he finished from close range on 24 minutes and soon after Turkey were able to celebrate again as Hamit Altıntop met Emre Belözoğlu's well-directed corner with the sweetest of right-footed volleys.

Nihat Kahveci then made sure of the outcome when he collected a long pass from Arda Turan and rounded goalkeeper Andrei Sidelnikov to score 14 minutes from time. Kazakhstan must now look to improve their fortunes away against Austria on Tuesday.

Last updated: 11/01/11 11.17CET

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