Sunday, June 15, 2008

Turkey Steal Victory from the Czech's 3-2

After taking a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute after a Jaroslav Plasil goal, the Czech Republic thought they were on their way to the quarter finals. 

However, with only 15 minutes left in the game, Turkey scored 3 times, including 2 goals from Nihat Kahveci to book their place in the next round.

Turkey's win means that they will play Croatia.

As I was watching this game,  I could tell how quickly the quality of play of the Czech players was decreasing after the 1st Turkish goal by Adra Turan. This could clearly be seen in the Czech play on the defensive end, leaving Petr Cech helpless to defend the Turkish shots.

This game was very enjoyable to watch, and has to be one of the best comebacks in Euro history.

Portugal lose to Switzerland 2-0

Despite already being eliminated from the tournament, co-host Switzerland played hard and left Euro 08 on a winning note.

A pair of goals from Hakan Yakin was the scoring for the Swiss, who were playing against a Portugal side that was resting most of their starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Switzerland's victory was their first ever victory in the Euro tournament.

Portugal shouldn't be too worried about this loss, but some players like Quaresma who are on the fringe of the starting lineup didn't do much do prove their case to be in the starting 11.


Matti said...

The Turkey-Czech Republic game was absolutely amazing to watch. I was speechless, emitting the occasional gasp. I think it was one of the most beautiful come backs I have ever seen, up there with the Manchester United come back in the 1999 Champions League. I was backing Turkey the whole game, and being very disappointed for most of, but those last 15 minutes I was on the edge of my seat, watching BEAUTIFUL football. However the Turkish goal keeper, Volkan, behaved horribly, especially since his team was winning, and fully deserved to be sent off.

mad6986 said...

The Volkan situation reminded me of the Zidane headbutt for some reason....

An uncalled for red card that could hurt his team in the future rounds....

Anna Italia said...

What a turnover! Czech Republic lost the match in the last minutes and the villain is their own hero "goalkeeper Petr Cech." Unbelievable. I was cheering for Czech.

An interesting match and at the end it paid off to be persistence and believe until the last minute. The Turks did it. They deserved the victory.

Now, its for my ITALY to beat France tomorrow. That will be
a match not to miss.

Forza Italia!