Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 18/11/2003 - 19:30CET (20:30 local time) - Şükrü Saracoğlu - Istanbul
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Turkey - Germany 1-1 - 18/11/2003 - Match page - Under-21 2004

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Cometh the Auer for Germany

Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.09CET
Turkey 1-1 Germany (agg: 1-2) Benjamin Auer's injury-time goal breaks Turkish hearts in Istanbul.
Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.09CET

Cometh the Auer for Germany

Turkey 1-1 Germany (agg: 1-2) Benjamin Auer's injury-time goal breaks Turkish hearts in Istanbul.

By Türker Tozar in Istanbul

Germany broke Turkish hearts and silenced more than 50,000 fans at the Sükrü Saraçoglu stadium as Benjamin Auer's injury-time goal secured their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

Auer strikes
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Leverkusen, Turkey had drawn level through Hamit Altintop's second-half goal and were preparing for 30 minutes of extra time when Auer struck. With 93 minutes on the clock, the FSV Mainz 05 striker got a touch to a Christian Tiffert free-kick from the left, steering the ball past Volkan Damirel to secure a 2-1 aggregate success.

Solid back line
Turkey had started the game with Halil Altintop spearheading a 4-5-1 formation. However, the tactic of playing balls behind the opposition defence for their wide men to run on to enjoyed little success against a solid German back line in the first half. Indeed Germany, while creating few clear openings, looked threatening when they counterattacked.

Turkey improve
Turkey improved after the break as Sinan Kaloglu came on in place of Fenerbahçe SK midfield player Kemal Aslan to increase their forward options. Ten minutes into the second half, Hamit Altintop went close when he flashed a volley wide after a cross from the left.

Breakthrough comes
Two minutes later, Serkan Balci missed an even better chance but the breakthrough finally came on 68 minutes, as Hamit Altintop struck with a brilliant right-foot shot from outside the penalty area.

Germany march on
Rather than inspire Turkey, however, the goal seemed to offer a cue for Germany to push forward. On 78 minutes, Auer had a header saved by Turkey goalkeeper Volkan, but he was not to be denied. It was all too much for Turkey substitute Beyhan Sümer, who was sent off after clashing with Germany players following Auer's late strike.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.52CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Germany

Germany

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
2
Ilhan ÖzbayIlhan Özbay
Substitution59
2
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
3
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
3
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Yellow Card14
4
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
4
SchlickeBjörn Schlicke
Substitution89
5
Suat UstaSuat Usta
Yellow Card13
5
FranzMaik Franz
6
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman
Yellow Card84
6
BalitschHanno Balitsch (C)
7
Kemal AslanKemal Aslan (C)
Substitution46
7
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Yellow Card56
8
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
8
BroichThomas Broich
9
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
9
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution61
10
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Yellow Card40
Goal69
10
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution73
11
Uğur İncemanUğur İnceman
11
LauthBenjamin Lauth

Substitutes

12
RecepBiler Recep (GK)
12
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
16
Faruk BayarFaruk Bayar
Substitution59
15
PreussChristoph Preuss
Substitution89
17
SinanKaloglu Sinan
Substitution46
16
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution73
13
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
17
AuerBenjamin Auer
Substitution61
Goal90+2
14
YavuzIbrahim Yavuz
13
AchenbachTimo Achenbach
15
KartalHüseyin Kartal
14
SchiedMarcel Schied
18
Beyhan SümerBeyhan Sümer
Red Card90+3

Coach

Raşit Çetiner (TUR) Ulrich Stielike (GER)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Evzen Amler (CZE), Jiri Vodicka (CZE)

Fourth official

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution