Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Lightning Strikes, But Not For Turkey
Germany got a late goal from Philip Lahm to win 3-2 over Turkey, and earn a place in the Euro 08 finals.
I didn't get to see this live however, because of the lightning strike that knocked out the TV signal to most of the world.
Turkey looked to be on their way to advancing to their first ever final in a major tournament through the first 20 minutes. Turkey controlled the play and Ugur Boral scored in the 22nd minute to give them a 1-0 lead.
This goal seemed to wake up Germany and only 5 minutes later Bastian Schweinsteiger put in a cross from Bayern Munich teammate Lukas Podolski to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams had chances in the 2nd half, but Germany took the lead in the 79th minute after Miroslav Klose finally got a goal in the Euro tournament. Turkey goalie Recber Rustu came out for a ball he had no chance of getting, and Klose headed in the easy goal.
Of course a game with Turkey in it wouldn't be right without a comeback, and Senturk provided the equalizer in the 86th minute for Turkey.
Everyone was set for extra time until Lahm scored in the 90th minute to earn Germany the win.
This is a tough loss for Turkey to take. Their team was destroyed with injuries and suspensions, and will a full squad, could have beat the German team they faced today.