Euro 2008 Update

16Jun08

Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic
Nihat Kahveci scored two late goals to complete a pulsating Turkey comeback against the Czech Republic and secure his side a Euro 2008 last eight spot. Jan Koller steered in a header to put the Czechs ahead before Jaroslav Plasil slid in to add a second. Arda Turan slotted in for Turkey to set up a tense finale and Nihat equalised after Petr Cech dropped a cross. Nihat then crashed in a shot off the bar before Turkey keeper Volkan Demirel was red-carded for a push on Koller. Tuncay Sanli went in goal as Turkey saw the game out and completed a classic and unlikely comeback to set up a last eight tie against Croatia. Cech is regarded a one of the best keepers in the world but his 87th minute clanger was the turning point of the game. Nihat’s predatory instinct for the first and superb finishing for the second then won it for a joyous Turkey, who will be without Demirel for their quarter-final.

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Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
Hakan Yakin’s double strike ensured that Switzerland ended their Euro 2008 campaign on a high at the expense of Group A table-toppers Portugal. After a goalless first half, Yakin gave Switzerland the lead when he slotted in through the legs of keeper Ricardo. He scored his second, and third of the championship, with a firmly struck penalty after Fernando Meira fouled substitute Tranquillo Barnetta. Portugal’s Pepe had a shot saved and Nani hit the outside of the upright. In fact, for the first 50 minutes of the match Portugal looked more likely to come away with victory and keep their 100% group record intact. Most of their forays forward were led by the wizardry of Ricardo Quaresma and Manchester United’s Nani, who were two of eight players brought into the starting XI by Luiz Felipe Scolari. And late in the game, Yakin home his second from the spot to delight the home fans and coach Kobi Kuhn who was overseeing his final match in charge of the Swiss.

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BBC SPORT

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One Response to “Euro 2008 Update”

  1. Thanks !


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