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Turkey strike late in Almaty to keep hopes alive

Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 20.22CET
Kazakhstan 0-1 Turkey
Arda Turan scored late as Fatih Terim's men got a potentially vital Group A win in Almaty despite home keeper Stas Pokatilov's best efforts.

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Match statistics

KazakhstanTurkey

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts5
 
21
on target1
 
6
off target4
 
12
blocked0
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
7
Offsides7
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
6
Fouls suffered5
 
15

Standings

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Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 20.22CET

Turkey strike late in Almaty to keep hopes alive

Kazakhstan 0-1 Turkey
Arda Turan scored late as Fatih Terim's men got a potentially vital Group A win in Almaty despite home keeper Stas Pokatilov's best efforts.

Arda Turan scores 83rd-minute clincher in Almaty
Turkey claim second victory in Group A
Rock-bottom Kazakhstan still without a win (D1 L5)
Visitors five points adrift of leaders having played a game more
Next up: Czech Republic v Kazakhstan, Turkey v Latvia (3 September)

Arda Turan struck the winner seven minutes from time to give Turkey a potentially crucial UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A success in Kazakhstan.

An excellent display by home goalkeeper Stas Pokatilov looked to have denied the visiting side before the Turkey No10 pounced on Burak Yılmaz's knockdown to keep Fatih Terim's men in contention.

The bottom-placed hosts had taken just one point from five games in the section prior to kick-off, but started the contest on the front foot. However, Ulan Konysbayev failed to hit the target with a fifth-minute effort.

Mid-table Turkey, who had claimed their sole victory in the section against Kazakhstan in November, responded via Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Home custodian Pokatilov did well to parry the attempt after the No5 pounced on a loose ball. Nine minutes later, Pokatilov dived low to his left to rebuff Arda Turan as Turkey began to dominate.

Yet it was a rare attack from Yuri Krasnozhan's team that almost produced the opener, Dmitri Shomko having a 35th-minute shot repelled by Turkey keeper Volkan Babacan. Ten minutes later, Kazakhstan's No1 was called on again to thwart Ozan Tufan and ensure the first half ended goalless.

The visitors had inflicted Kazakhstan's heaviest home defeat the last time they met in Almaty, but a repeat of that result seemed improbable. Efforts from Bauyrzhan Islamkhan and Konysbayev at the start of the second period demonstrated their home nation's improvement.

Even so, Turkey continued pushing and eventually began to create openings. Substitute Umut Bulut squandered a glorious one with 18 minutes remaining, missing the target with a close-range finish. Moments later, Burak struck the woodwork before failing to control the rebound. But Turkey would not be denied as captain Arda found the top corner to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Last updated: 14/06/15 0.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013944/postmatch/report/index.html#turkey+almaty

Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Turkey

Turkey

1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
23
Volkan BabacanVolkan Babacan (GK)
2
MaliySergei Maliy
2
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
Substitution75
3
GurmanMark Gurman
Substitution78
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
5
AbdulinRenat Abdulin
Yellow Card88
4
Serdar AzizSerdar Aziz
7
KonysbayevUlan Konysbayev
5
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
8
SmakovSamat Smakov (C)
Substitution67
7
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
9
IslamkhanBauyrzhan Islamkhan
Substitution85
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
15
SchmidtgalHeinrich Schmidtgal
Yellow Card77
10
Arda TuranArda Turan (C)
Goal83
18
ShomkoDmitri Shomko
Yellow Card90+3
15
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Substitution46
20
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
16
Ozan TufanOzan Tufan
Substitution64
23
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz

Substitutes

22
TsirinAnton Tsirin (GK)
1
Ali Şaşal VuralAli Şaşal Vural (GK)
12
BoichenkoSergei Boichenko (GK)
12
Hayrullah AkyüzHayrullah Akyüz (GK)
4
MiroshnichenkoDmitri Miroshnichenko
6
Mahmut TekdemirMahmut Tekdemir
6
Y. AkhmetovYeldos Akhmetov
9
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution64
10
TagybergenAskhat Tagybergen
Substitution78
11
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
11
SchetkinAleksei Schetkin
13
Emre TaşdemirEmre Taşdemir
Substitution75
13
NurgaliyevAzat Nurgaliyev
14
Mehmet EkiciMehmet Ekici
14
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
18
Şener ÖzbayraklıŞener Özbayraklı
16
SuyumbayevGafurzhan Suyumbayev
19
Mevlüt ErdinçMevlüt Erdinç
17
KukeyevZhambyl Kukeyev
Substitution85
20
Volkan ŞenVolkan Şen
Substitution46
19
DosmagambetovTimur Dosmagambetov
21
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
21
BeysebekovAbzal Beysebekov
Substitution67
22
Yasin ÖztekinYasin Öztekin

Coach

Yuri Krasnozhan (RUS) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Gary Beswick (ENG)

Fourth official

John Brooks (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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