Sunday June 9th, 2002
Costa Rica vs Turkey in Incheon
Turkey started by pushing back Costa Rica at every opportunity.
Defeat for the Turks would mean elimination from the competition.
Hasan Sas is again looking lively for Turkey while Paulo Wanchope
fired over the bar on one of Costa Rica's rarer meaningful attacks in the opening
Once Costa Rica were allowed to get into some rhythm their pace was
enough to split the Turkish defense and cause Rustu's heartbeat to increase.
Towards the end of the half, Turkey started to lose their discipline
again and Costa Rica finished slightly stronger.
Half-time: Costa Rica 0 - Turkey 0
Rustu Recber started the second-half even though he seemed to pick up
an injury when hooking away the ball in the first half.
Hakan Sukur had two good chances to put Turkey ahead shortly after the
restart but wasted them.
Hasan Sas laid the ball back into the path of Emre Belozoglu whose initial shot was
blocked, by Gilberto Martínez, but the Inter midfielder showed enough composure to turn
with the ball and keep Turkey in the tournament.
Fired up by this goal, Turkey were determined to keep Gómez and
Wanchope away from shooting positions and the slightly injured Rustu played his part in
keeping a possible equaliser out.
Costa Rica brought on two strikers for the last thirteen minutes, and it paid off as
Winston Parks capitalised on a rare positioning error from Rustu.... and with no defenders
keeping an eye on him, equalised for Costa Rica.
Turkey lost their heads again, with a few minutes left, as Emre
Belozoglu pushed someone from the Costa Rica bench in an attempt to get the ball for a
quick throw-in...... and both sides nearly came to blows in a crowded confusion between
Parks almost sealed the game right at the end, which would have sent
Turkey home.... where some might say they deserve to be if they can't keep their cool when
they concede a goal.
Costa Rica 1 -
Man of the Match:
Rustu Recber would have been candidate for player of the match but hesitated when the
cross came in that led to Costa Rica's equaliser.
Emre Asik (20 mins)
Gilberto Martínez (24 mins)
Carlos Castro (43 mins)
Tugay Kerimoglu (45 mins)
Emre Belozoglu (89 mins)
1 Erick Lonnis; 22 Carlos Castro, 3 Luis Marín, 5 Gilberto Martínez, 15 Harold Wallace
(16 Steven Bryce - 77 mins), 4 Mauricio Wright; 10 Wálter Centeno (17 Hernan Medford - 67
mins), 6 Wilmer López (12 Winston Parks - 77 mins), 8 Mauricio Solis; 11 Rónald Gómez,
9 Paulo Wanchope.
1 Rustu Recber; 4 Fatih Akyel, 2 Emre Asik, 16 Umit Ozat; 10 Yildiray Basturk (15 Nihat
Kahveci - 79 mins), 21 Emre Belozoglu, 22 Umit Davala, 8 Tugay Kerimoglu (6 Arif Erdem -
88 mins), 18 Ergun Penbe; 11 Hasan Sas, 9 Hakan Sukur (17 Ilhan Mansiz - 74 mins).
Referee: Coffi Codjia
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