Croatia coach Slaven BiliÄ‡ admitted there was “something special” about Fatih Terim’s side after their thrilling win at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Friday night. Turkey’s run to the semi-finals of EURO 2008 has been sensational but what is the secret of their success â€“ and can they reproduce it against Germany in Basel next Wednesday?
When Portugal beat Turkey in their opening Group A game there was no indication of the incredible theatre that was to follow. First Terim’s side stunned co-hosts Switzerland in their own backyard, fighting back from a goal down to clinch victory in the last minute thanks to Arda Turan’s powerful strike. Even more drama came against the Czech Republic when the Crescent Stars (Ay YÄ±ldÄ±zlÄ±lar) overturned a 2-0 deficit in the final 15 minutes to win 3-2 with two late Nihat Kahveci goals.
The best til last? Turkey forced a penalty shoot out after Croatia scored in the 119 minute. Semih ÅžentÃ¼rk driving in via a deflection in the last second of extra time to force penalties.
Turkey won the shoot out 3-1 and now face Germany.
But Turkey have lots of players out for the Semi final: Emre AÅŸÄ±k, Tuncay ÅžanlÄ±, Volkan Demirel and Arda all suspended in addition to injuries to Emre GÃ¼ngÃ¶r, Servet Ã‡etin, Emre BelÃ¶zoÄŸlu and TÃ¼mer Metin. Terim said in his post-match news conference there should be no limits to his team’s success but can they overcome Germany to reach the final? And what is the secret behind Turkey’s success?