Turkey 0-0 Croatia (1-1 a.e, 3-1 pen.)
In a match where Croatia were touted as comfortable winners on paper but it was a totally different match on hand. Turkey and Croatia battled it out evenly in a 0-0 draw until 90 minutes. Turkey had Rustu Recber guarding their post after Volkan was suspended for two matches after his sending off against Czech Republic. Drama in the match was not to unfold until the 119 minute when substitute Ivan Klasnic headed home for Croatia. Then reigned some tension after Croatia coach Bilic signalled to the fourth official to make a substitution but it seems the fourth official was slightly late in signalling the decision to the ref, and Turkey took a free-kick with Semih Senturk pulling parity for the Turks! Bilic was not at all happy with the fourth official after the goal!
A thrilling penalty shoot-out for the Turks with Modric failing the first penalty everything seemed to fall in the right places for Turkey. Then came Rustu saving Croatia’s fourth penalty to make impossible for them to beat Turkey meaning that Croatia bowed out of Euro 2008. They beat Germany 2-1 but could not do the same against Turkey. Now Turkey face Germany in the Semi-Final and again Turkey will be total underdogs this time but everyone knows their potential ability and the Germans will sure guard their goal well especially in the dying minutes of the game!!!
The neutrals would definitely be happy by Turkey and many will be vying for Turkey against Germany having been entertained by Turkey in their last two matches.
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