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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
PHOTO BY AFP
This was the match Turkish National Team and Hiddink wanted most, after shockingly losing their match against Azerbaijan!
But, this win did not bring the "driving seat" to Guus HIddink and Turkish National Team!
They only moved a notch, to third place ....
To be in the "driving seat" you have to have the controls in the group!
Hiddink, said "We want to be in the "driving seat" and with this win, we are in the driving seat" after the match!
Being in the "driving seat" means being the top team in the group, in my book..
Turkey could not even capture the second place yet!
How could you be in the driving seat?
This win was good in away to be alive....
But, Turkey did not play good in the match. First twenty five minutes of the match Turkey pressured but after they scored the goal by Arda Turan some how the team pulled back!
Arda, after scoring a goal, send a massage to The Turkish press box.....
Gesturing with his hands ..."WRITE THIS TOO....."
That was despicable and ugly in my opinion!
He had no business doing that when he should celebrated the goal with his team mates...
He ran towards to the press box and did what he did!..
First half of the match ended with 1-0 score....
In the second half, Hiddink made few changes and brought Semih Senturk in for Burak Yilmaz.
Soon as he came in to the match he assisted on second goal....
In the 84th minute he gave a beautiful pass to Gokhan Gonul and Gonul scored the Turkey's second goal.
In the 84th minute , the goalkeeper Volkan Demirel also saved a penalty......
That was huge....
"HERO OF THE MATCH".... TURKISH KEEPER...VOLKAN DEMIREL......
I think, Volkan was the player of this match ,in my opinion....
Next up is Belgium in Belgium!
The second place team, Belgium, also won yesterday against Azebeijan and they still retain the second place with ten points...
Turkey will face Belgium on June 3rd,2011....
This will be do or die match for Turkey!
I know this will hurt but, with this team, it will be very difficult, in my opion!
So, Hiddink and his boy's, has to work hard, until this match and overcome Belgium, if they want be in the second place in the group A....
Stadium: Istanbul Sukru Saracoglu
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)
Turkey: Volkan, Gokhan, Servet, Serdar, Hakan, Hamit, Selcuk, Nuri, Arda (Mehmet Topal), Mehmet Ekici (Mehmet Topuz), Burak (Semih)
Austria: Macho, Ekrem Dag, Dragovic, Pogatetz, Fuchs, Alaba, Baumgartlinger (Hoffer), Scharner, Yasin Pehlivan (Umit Korkmaz), Harnik (Arnautovic), Maierhofer
Scorers: Arda 28', Gokhan 77'
Yellow cards: Pogatetz, Scharner, Fuchs (Austria), Mehmet Topuz (Turkey)
Missed penalty: Stefan Maierhofer (Austria) 85'
WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY VS AUSTRIA 2-0 MATCH....
Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
Germany 5 5 0 0 17 1 16 15
Belgium 6 3 1 2 14 9 5 10
Turkey 5 3 0 2 8 6 2 9
Austria 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 7
Azerbaijan 4 1 0 3 3 13 -10 3
Kazakhstan 5 0 0 5 0 14 -14 0
Turkey's remaining games in Group A:
3 June 2011
Belgium v Turkey
2 September 2011
Turkey v Kazakhstan
6 September 2011
Austria v Turkey
7 October 2011
Turkey v Germany
11 October 2011
Turkey v Azerbaijan
Monday, March 28, 2011
We know in this group Germany will will the top team...
But, we have three teams, Turkey, Belgium and Austria competing for the second place!
That is why this match on Tuesday is very important to Turkish National team and coach Guus Hiddink.
German National team is with perfect record after five matches with 15 points...
On Friday, Belgium beat Austria 2-o and shook up the stanting in the group A.
While Austria captures the second place with seven points in five matches, Belgium drop to third with same points and Turkey is on fourth with six points.
It is not known If Hiddink will use his experience players on Tuesady or use young guy like Cenk Tosun on top?
This will be Cenk Tosun's first International debut, if he plays on Tuesday.