Tuesday, June 18th
Japan vs Turkey in Miyagi (0:1)
Yildiray Basturk penetrated the Japanese area as early as the
first minute, as Turkey tried to get the upper hand and silence the home support.
Umit Davala headed Turkey into the lead, from Ergun Penbe's corner, in the 12th minute.
Alessandro Santos almost leveled the score in the 21st minute and
Hakan Sukur almost surprised Seigo Narazaki with a deft chip four minutes later.
Again Sukur looked dangerous as he headed down to Hasan Sas but the
half volley cleared the crossbar.
An Alessandro Santos free-kick crashed against the woodwork later on,
to give the Japanese some hope for the second-half.
Half-time: Japan 0 - Turkey 1
Japan made a couple of substitutions at half-time as they looked for
fresh initiative. and Hidetoshi Nakata deflected shot almost troubled Rustu in the Turkish
Japan continued to look for the equaliser, with Akinori Nishizawi's
header on target and Tomozaku Myojin shooting narrowly wide.
With ten minutes left in the game, Nishizawa's shot flew over the bar
and with it Japan's hopes of a place in the quarter-finals.
Man of the Match:
Alpay - Although he entered the book in the 21st minute, Alpay managed to stay on the
pitch for the full 90 minutes; to help Turkey shut out the lively Japanese.
Alpay Ozalan (21 mins)
Ergun Penbe (44 mins)
Kazuyuki Toda (45 mins)
Hakan Sukur (90 mins)
12 Seigo Narazaki; 3 Naoki Matsuda, 17 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, 16 Koji Nakata; 5 Junichi
Inamoto (22 Daisuke Ichikawa - 46 mins (8 Hiroaki Morishima - 86 mins)), 20 Tomokazu
Myojin, 7 Hidetoshi Nakata, 18 Shinji Ono, 14 Alessandro Santos (11 Takayuki Suzuki - 46
mins), 21 Kazuyuki Toda; 9 Akinori Nishizawa.
1 Rustu Recber; 4 Fatih Akyel, 3 Bulent Korkmaz, 5 Alpay Ozalan; 10 Yildiray Basturk (17
Ilhan Mansiz - 90 mins), 22 Umit Davala (15 Nihat Kahveci - 73 mins), 8 Tugay Kerimoglu,
18 Ergun Penbe, 20 Hakan Unsal; 11 Hasan Sas (14 Tayfur Havutcu - 85 mins), 9 Hakan Sukur.
Referee: Pierluigi Collina
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