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The second match in
Euro 2000, sees Turkey drawn against Italy.
The Turkish people are feeling buoyant after Galatasary beat Arsenal in the UEFA Cup
Final, on penalties, and will be waving the half crescent in Istanbul again; if the
national side can overcome the Azzurri.
Turkish national coach, Mustafa Denizli, made
good use of the Galatasary triumph in Copenhagen; proclaiming it a victory for the
four corners of the country. Of course that's taking it a touch far but it has given
the Turkish players a confidence boost; many of whom play for Galatasary. The national
team, on the other hand, have had very little match practice lately -- or at least
As Turkey seemed happy with a goaless draw in
Munich, in their last qualification match, they may well find a draw with Italy just as
acceptable; although Hakan Sükur will be sure to trouble the Italian defence. The Turks
failed to even get a point during the group phase of Euro96, in England.
Italy, under Dino Zoff, have
had results far from satisfactory for the Italian media and need to shut out the words
from Gazzetta dello Sport's poison pens. The Italians always seem to come good in major
tournaments, or at least good enough to stiffle the enthusiasm of other pretenders and
hold the game long enough to grind out the results needed to stay in the competition
longer than most.
No Italian clubs made it to the European
Finals at club level, so maybe confidence in the camp is not as high as it should be. Dino
Zoff's job will be to make his team start believing, on Pentecost Sunday.
Moldova 2-0 (Qual)
Finland 4-2 (Qual)
N. Ireland 3-0 (Qual)
Moldova 1-1 (Qual)
Germany 0-0 (Qual)
Ireland 1-1 (Play-off)
Ireland 0-0 (Play-off)
Switzerland 0-0 (Qual)
Denmark 2-3 (Qual)
Belarus 0-0 (Qual)
2-Tayfur Havutcu, 3-Ogun Temizkanoglu, 4-Fatih Akyel, 5-Fehmi Alpay Ozalan
7-Okan Buruk, 9-Hakan Sukur, 10-Ali Riza Sergen Yalcin, 11-Tayfun Korkut
19-Abdullah Ercan, 22-Umit Davala.
3-Paolo Maldini, 4-Demetri Albertini, 5-Fabio Cannavaro
8-Antonio Conte, 9-Filippo Inzaghi, 11-Gianluca Pessotto, 13-Alessandro Nesta
17-Gianluca Zambrotta, 18-Stefano Fiore, 20-Francesco Totti.
Referee: Hugh Dallas
Italy opened the game strongly, forcing six corners in the first 15 minutes. They should
have spent more time training for these pieces.
The first real Turkish attack, on the
quarter-hour, passed narrowly wide for Sergen and a chorus of Tur-Ki-Ye from the Turkish
fans seemed to lift their players back into the game.
The Turks put the Italians under more pressure
while Italy seemed short on ideas. Technically, both teams gave away far too much of the
ball in the middle of the field. The most stable player in the first half being Alpay, who
continually foiled Inzaghi.
Italy's idea to grab an early goal and close
down the game, didn't go to plan and Turkey looked stronger once Italy lost the
0-1. Goal to Italy. Conte overhead kick, after Inzaghi's
shot from the side is only partly cleared -- 52mins.
1-1. A wonderful equaliser
from Turkey as Okan rises to head down a free-kick from the right,
cleanly past Francesco Toldo -- 61mins.
against Ogun Temizkaoglu on a run in the Turkish goal area. The Italian gets nudged to the
floor and is awarded a penalty; converted after protests from the Turkish players and
Recber is finished with clearing his goalmouth of debris -- 70mins.
Turkey 1 -- Italy 2
In the final minutes of play, Italy looked relaxed enough to extend their lead, while the
Turks never realistically believed they could penetrate the Italian defence for an
equaliser. Di Livio had a last minute goal disallowed for offside.
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