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Turkey overhaul Poland in Group 7 race

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 20.45CET
Turkey 1-0 Poland
Musa Çağıran's second-half header settled a tight affair as Abdullah Ercan's charges leapfrogged the visitors into first place in Group 7.
by Emir Tonguç
from Atatürk stadium
Turkey overhaul Poland in Group 7 race
Turkey coach Abdullah Ercan guided his side to victory against Poland ©Sportsfile

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Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 20.45CET

Turkey overhaul Poland in Group 7 race

Turkey 1-0 Poland
Musa Çağıran's second-half header settled a tight affair as Abdullah Ercan's charges leapfrogged the visitors into first place in Group 7.

Turkey have gone top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 7 after a slender 1-0 win against previous pacesetters Poland in Antalya.

Poland were aiming for their fourth win, having taken Turkey's scalp in Warsaw in August, but Musa Çağıran's 66th-minute goal settled matters in favour of the home side. The Turkish team move onto ten points from five games, the same number of outings as the Poles who are a point behind.

Turkey controlled proceedings in the first half but struggled to make the most of their possession in the final third. Ömer Ali Şahiner sent an effort narrowly wide while captain Musa brought the best out of Poland keeper Jakub Szumski after beating his marker with delightful skill.

Poland had been relatively untroubled, though, inspiring two home changes at the resumption. Coach Abdullah Ercan's tinkering paid off as newcomers Salih Uçan and Yusuf Erdoğan both unleashed decent efforts from distance.

Momentum was in their favour and midway through the second period Turkey broke the deadlock. Emrah Başsan's fine deep run ended with a superb cross which an unmarked Musa met with a simple close-range header. Dominik Furman forced Aykut Özer into a good stop as Turkey risked sitting back and inviting Polish pressure, yet the Crescent-Stars did enough to protect their advantage.

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000412/match=2011511/postmatch/report/index.html#turkey+edge+poland

Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Poland

Poland

1
Aykut ÖzerAykut Özer (GK)
1
SzumskiJakub Szumski (GK)
2
Kamil ÇörekçiKamil Çörekçi
2
JanickiRafał Janicki
3
Oğuzhan BerberOğuzhan Berber
3
DziwnielDaniel Dziwniel
Substitution76
4
Ahmet ÇalıkAhmet Çalık
4
GollaWojciech Golla
5
Kaan AyhanKaan Ayhan
5
KamińskiMarcin Kamiński
6
Aytaç KaraAytaç Kara
8
FurmanDominik Furman (C)
Yellow Card90+3
7
Emrah BaşsanEmrah Başsan
Yellow Card88
9
MilikArkadiusz Milik
9
Ömer Ali ŞahinerÖmer Ali Şahiner
Substitution85
11
ŻyroMichał Żyro
Substitution60
10
Muhammed DemirciMuhammed Demirci
Substitution46
15
WszołekPaweł Wszołek
11
Kerim FreiKerim Frei
Substitution46
17
LinettyKarol Linetty
16
Musa ÇağıranMusa Çağıran (C)
Goal66
19
PawłowskiBartłomiej Pawłowski
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
Ozan ÖzençOzan Özenç (GK)
12
PtakTomasz Ptak (GK)
8
Okay YokuşluOkay Yokuşlu
6
ChrapekMichał Chrapek
Substitution60
13
Alim ÖztürkAlim Öztürk
7
PazioAdam Pazio
Substitution76
14
Salih UçanSalih Uçan
Substitution46
10
WolskiRafał Wolski
Substitution73
15
Uğur ÇiftçiUğur Çiftçi
14
DąbrowskiDamian Dąbrowski
17
Enes ÜnalEnes Ünal
Substitution85
18
MichalskiSeweryn Michalski
18
Yusuf ErdoğanYusuf Erdoğan
Substitution46
20
ParzyszekPiotr Parzyszek

Coach

Abdullah Ercan (TUR) Marcin Dorna (POL)

Referee

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Bennett (ENG), Peter Bankes (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Mason (ENG)

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