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Sunday, 15th June at 20.45

With Portugal topping Group A, whoever wins this game (with a penalty shoot-out involved, if the game ends in a draw) will play Croatia in the 2nd quarter-final.

In the tunnel, before the start, UEFA officials looked at player's studs and ordered Servet Çetin to go back to the dressing room and change his boots.

The match finally kicked off some 5 minutes late. Will the teams be playing to win, or not to lose?

Two Turkish players were booked in the first 10 minutes; with Mehmet Aurélio missing the quarter-finals, if Turkey get through.

No sooner had Volkan Demirel made a crucial save from Libor Sionko, than the Czech Republic were in the Turkish penalty area again. This time Jan Koller swung his head at Zdenek Grygera's cross from the right and watched the ball go under the bar.

Petr Cech was then on hand to stop Turkey from getting the equaliser, less than a minute later.

Turkey struggled to get into the game in the first 45 minutes and they struggled to cope with the Czech Republic's direct style; playing off Jan Koller.

Not the prettiest of football matches but the Czech tactics are working so far.

Half-time - 0:2

Turkey started a little stronger in the second-half but came unstuck while waiting to make a substitution for the injured Emre Güngör; as Jaroslav Plašil streaked forward to score. Fatih Terim was not at all pleased and even pushed the fourth official in frustration.

With fifteen minutes left to play, Turkey pulled themselves back into the game, and towards a possible penalty shoot-out, when Arda Turan fired low to Petr Cech's right after Hamit Altintop squared the ball across the penalty area from the Turkish right.

Petr Cech let himself down shortly before the final whistle by dropping the ball into the path of Nihat Kahveci.

Nihat Kahveci then stunned the crowd by scoring his second and putting Turkey in the lead.

Into injury-time and Volkan Demirel completely lost his head and earned a red card for pushing Jan Koller. With all substitutes used, Tuncay took up position in the Turkey goal but there was not enough time left to test him.

Final Score:
Turkey 3 - Czech Republic 2

goal.gif (309 bytes) Goalscorers:
0:1 - Jan Koller (34)
0:2 - Jaroslav Plašil (62)
1:2 - Arda Turan (75)
2:2 - Nihat Kahveci (87)
3.2 - Nihat Kahveci (89)


23 Volkan Demirel; 3 Hakan Balta, 2 Servet Çetin, 13 Emre Güngör, 22 Hamit Altintop; 17 Tuncay Sanli, 14 Arda Turan, 7 Mehmet Aurélio, 6 Mehmet Topal; 9 Semih Sentürk, 8 Nihat Kahveci.

Czech Republic:
1 Petr Cech; 6 Marek Jankulovski, 22 David Rozehnal, 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši, 2 Zdenek Grygera; 20 Jaroslav Plašil, 3 Jan Polák, 4 Tomáš Galásek, 17 Marek Matejovský, 7 Libor Sionko; 9 Jan Koller.

Peter Frojdfeldt (Sweden)

change.gif (94 bytes) Substitutions:
39 Mins - 14 David Jarolím on for 17 Marek Matejovský
46 Mins - 20 Sabri Sarioglu on for 9 Semih Sentürk
57 Mins - 18 Colin Kazim-Richards on for 6 Mehmet Topal
63 Mins - 15 Emre Asik on for 13 Emre Güngör
80 Mins - 13 Michal Kadlec on for 20 Jaroslav Plašil
84 Mins - 11 Stanislav Vlcek on for 7 Libor Sionko

yellow_card.gif (94 bytes)7 Yellow Cards:
6 Mins - Mehmet Topal (Turkey)
10 Mins - Mehmet Aurélio (Turkey)
62 Mins - Arda Turan (Turkey)
73 Mins - Emre Asik (Turkey)
80 Mins - Tomáš Galásek (Czech Republic)
94 Mins - Tomáš Ujfaluši (Czech Republic)
95 Mins - Milan Baroš (Czech Republic)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
Volkan Demirel (Turkey) - Suspended for two games.

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