European Championship

June 25, 2008



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European Championship

18:45 +00:00, June 25, 2008

St Jakob Park

Referee: Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Game 29

  • 97'

    I suppose the only consolation is that if Germany don't transform in the next few days, they'll get hammered by whoever wins tomorrow's semi-final between Russia and Spain. Join us for that. Until then...

  • 96'

    Well, what an unbelievably dramatic night that was! No-one had expected a five goal end-toend thriller, or if they did they'd long been carted off to the nuthouse. The Turkish players are crushed, and they've every right to be. They've outplayed Germany, taken the game to them, and somehow, somehow, they're out. Astonishing.

  • 95'

    It's over! Germany are in the Euro 2008 final, with possibly one of the worst performances in the competitions history! Turkey have been robbed!

  • 94'

    Tumer Metin, who had sneaked on for Colin Kazim Richards, has blown his big moment by blazing his free kick over the bar. It HAD to be on target, seeing as how crap Lehmann has been.

  • 93'

    Ballack gives away a needless free-kick about 30 yards out, bang in the middle. Can Turkey pull off another amazing leveller?

  • 92'

    The clock has disappeared again by the way!

  • 92'

    Semih rises as a Gokdeniz cross comes in but can't meet it. Klose is off and Jansen is on.

  • 91'

    So, have Turkey got one more last minute goal in them? Three minutes added...

  • 90'

    Astonishing! He's got down the left, swapped passes with Hitzelsperger and slotted coolly past Rustu! What a climax!

  • 90'

    GOAL! Lahm has scored the winner!

  • 88'

    Right, we're back up to speed. Germany were only ahead for seven minutes! What a game! Extra time looms, unless..

  • 87'

    Nope, still not there yet...

  • 86'

    Right, I'm behind on the timing as the clock appears.

  • 85'

    I completely agree with what the Radio Man has just said: "There's not a decent goalkeeper on the pitch." Whether Lehmann felt sorry for Rustu and thought he'd level it up by gifting Turkey a goal I'm not sure but he's made no attempt to cover his near post at all.

  • 84'

    Sabri skins Lahm again, slips it into the near post and Semih touches it past Lehmann, who was in no mans land, and into the net!

  • 84'

    GOAL! Turkey have equalised!

  • 82'

    Karadeniz has come on for Turkey but I've no idea who for because the cameras didn't pick it up.

  • 81'

    Right, I've just seen the goal. Rustu has come charging out to the penalty spot but got nowhere near Klose, who leapt high and planted his header into the gaping net. A shocking mistake. The very definition of a goalkeeping howler.

  • 80'

    If Germany do go through it'll be a travesty of justice. Turkey have been FAR superior this evening, the Germans are all over the place at the back. Still.

  • 80'

    The beeb have pictures back but no commentary, so we still have radio man, who is a good three seconds ahead of the TV coverage! There's no clock on screen either!

  • 79'

    Substitution: Akman is off and Melvut Erding is on.

  • 79'

    Right, we have pictures again, but sadly not in time to see a replay of the goal! This is comedy. Ridiculous.

  • 78'

    Mr Radio Man is blaming Rustu, who has come for a cross and fluffed it, allowing Klose to nod into an empty net. Apparently.

  • 78'

    GOAL! Klose has scored!

  • 77'

    There'll be a riot on in the pubs and clubs of Turkey and Germany at this exact moment. To be honest, we're not far off one at soccernet HQ. Disgrace!

  • 76'

    And we've lost pictures again! Tee hee! Sack the electricity board!!

  • 75'

    Joachim Low is thinking about changes, but Fatih Terim only has three options, and he may not want to use any of them.

  • 74'

    Frings has made a difference, showing his team mates how to do it by closing down Turkey's ball-players with something resembling urgency.

  • 73'

    Then at the other end Hitzelsperger has another pop, but the ball just curves the wrong side of the post. A great hit.

  • 72'

    Smashing move from Turkey. Mehmet Topal shows Mertesacker how its done with a lovely ball into the channel for Ugor, who cuts in to shoot straight at Lehmann.

  • 71'

    Mertesacker just punts the ball aimlessly forward there, when Germany needed to build from the back. His distribution has been abysmal all evening.

  • 70'

    Joachim Low is going bananas on the touchline as Germany again sit back and let Turkey stroke the ball around under no pressure at all. CKR then spoils a good dribble by throwing himself to floor in the hope of a pen. No chance.

  • 69'

    The corner is cleared by Mertesacker before Sabri whips the ball in again from the right. No-one attacks it though and Schweinsteiger clears.

  • 68'

    Ugor runs at Friedrich now and wins a corner. Turkey can sniff victory here. Go on lads!

  • 67'

    Sabri has just megged Lahm, who is having his poorest game of the tournament, before failing to pick out anyone with his cross.

  • 66'

    Right, back to the action, and things look as you were, with Turkey doing the majority of pressing. Germany look a bit more compact in this half though.

  • 65'

    Never have I been so relieved to see the green grass of a football pitch! And we'e just about on time too. Sounds like Turkey have been the better side during our interlude...

  • 64'

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have sound! And pictures! A power cut meant no action was transmitted to the football mad world for a good six minutes! Bet the pubs in Germany and Turkey were interesting!

  • 63'

    Lord knows if these minutes are right by the way....

  • 62'

    Turkey press according to Mr Radio Man, "Turkey are almost toying with Germany," he just said. Copycat. I churned that one out in half one. Ha!

  • 61'

    Well, this is bizarre. I'm watching a blank screen and listening to a radio commentator describing the game before condensing his ramblings into bitesize chunks for you, the footy-loving public.

  • 60'

    Apparently, Topal hit a free kick that nearly made it into the second tier of the stand. Well, that's what the lad on the radio has just said. Err, dum-de-dum...

  • 59'

    Well, this is incredible. We've no pictures from the game, so I'll have to rely on radio commentary for updates! Not our fault people, but I bet there's a few tecchy lads in Switzerland with their pants on fire right now.

  • 58'

    Ballack's free-kick is poor, and straight at the wall. And after that, our pictures of the game have completely gone! Errr, hold on there for a minute....

  • 57'

    Free-kick to Germany. Ballack is chopped down on the edge of the area after a Topal foul. Good chance for Germany.

  • 56'

    Metzelder has gone down like he's been taken out by a sniper as Semih slid in to try and win the ball. The centre-back wasn't caught, and has made himself look stupid there.

  • 55'

    Mehmet Topal does well to cut out a Ballack cross as Germany made progress down the right, then as they regroup Podolski lays it off to Hitzelsperger who has a crack, but puts his shot well over the bar.

  • 54'

    Now Semih has gone in the book for a late tackle on Frings and the ref deems that worthy of a booking. This ref has lost control. That was never a yellow card, Germany should have had a free-kick at the end for a blatant foul and Lahm should have been carded for his foul on Mehmet Topal.

  • 53'

    Looking at the replay, the foul was a matter of inches outside the area but a clearer free-kick you will NEVER see. Joachim Low and his subs on the bench went nuts!

  • 52'

    A huge penalty shout for Germany! Lahm is clattered into by Sabri, but the ref just waves play on! They are incensed!

  • 51'

    Germany are still mighty uneasy at the back. Mertesacker gives the ball away before Ugor Boral twists and turns into the area. Friedrich steps in to win the ball.

  • 50'

    Lahm should have gone in the book there, first he pulled Mehmet Topal's shirt, then brought him down, all bang in front of the ref. Free-kick but no card.

  • 48'

    Apparently a huge storm is making its way towards Basel, just to add a touch more drama to what is already a stirring occasion.

  • 48'

    A bright start to the second half as Klose is barged off the ball by Gokhan before Podolski flies down the left, outpacing Aurelio, before putting in a cross far too deep for any of his mates.

  • 47'

    The blood-splattered Rolfes has indeed been replaced by Frings.

  • 46'

    We're off again..

  • 45'

    And that is HT! Well, its been a belter! Turkey having a right pop at Germany, who are seriously wobbling. Join us again in 15 mins...

  • 45'

    Oh hang on, they're toying with me here. Rolfes charges back on with some crude splodges of vasoline applied to his open wound right next to his eye. Frings is stood down for now.

  • 44'

    More drama in Basel, as Frings prepares to come on; Rolfes is still getting treatment from the medics and looks completely knacked.

  • 43'

    Gokhan Zan makes a superb challenge to prevent Podolski from streaking clear down the left.

  • 42'

    The move finally ends with Sabri smashing one from 25 yards and narrowly missing the top corner. Turkey are having a right go! Good on 'em!

  • 41'

    Two decent chances for Turkey! CKR beats a man, cuts inside before his shot is blocked before Mehmet Topal miscontrols a lovely looped ball over the top from Hamit. He was clean through if he'd taken it cleanly.

  • 40'

    Rolfes and Akman smack heads together and there is claret everywhere.

  • 39'

    Ugor charges forward, laying off to Semih and going for the return but Mertesacker gets in the way.

  • 38'

    Mehmet Topal thundered it straight at goal and Lehmann redeems himself a little with a double-fist away from danger.

  • 37'

    Good work again from CKR who forces Lahm into bringing him down. Free kick, just outside the area out to the right.

  • 36'

    Going back to Lehmann for a minute, he's free-kick faux pas was very reminiscent of the Seaman/Ronaldinho scenario of the World Cup in 2002. But, crucially, the German keeper got away with it.

  • 35'

    Akman drifts into the hole and finds far too much space, yet again. Germany just aren't getting close enough to Turkey's attacking players.

  • 34'

    What a chance for Podolski! He's blazed a shot over the bar after he was put clean through by Ballack! Klose was free in the middle but Podolski went alone and got it horribly, horribly wrong.

  • 33'

    It was Mehmet Topal who wasn't tight enough on Schweinsteiger for the goal by the way. A true case of ball watching.

  • 32'

    CKR gets up from the corner but can't get a full connection on his header, then Ugor cuts in but scuffs his shot straight at Lehmann.

  • 31'

    Lehmann gets out of jail! He's come out far too far to claim the free-kick then at the last minute had to leap up and tip it over the bar! What was he doing?!

  • 30'

    Semih again does well to win a free-kick off Rolfes, who is having a bit of a mare so far.

  • 29'

    Podolski runs at Sabri again and but for an intervention from Zan, Klose would have made it 2-1. Corner.

  • 28'

    Germany have their tails up now. Not only have Turkey handed their opponents a goal, they've also chucked over the initiative too.

  • 27'

    Well well. Turkey were ahead for four minutes! They'll be kicking themselves for conceding such a soft goal like that. Sabri didn't get close to Podolski, and Gokhan Zan wasn't tight enough on Schweinsteiger.

  • 26'

    Podolski gets down the left, gets a yard on Sabri before sliding a ball in low that Schweinsteiger flicks into the far corner. They don't deserve it, but they're level.

  • 26'

    GOAL! Germany level! Schweinsteiger!

  • 25'

    Aurelio rises to meet the corner but he can't get more than a flick on it. No-one was following in and the chance is lost.

  • 24'

    Semih does well to take a ball down ahead of Mertesacker before turning and trying to get a shot off. The centre-back blocks, and Turkey have a corner.

  • 23'

    Amazing! Turkey have been full value for this lead but the scruffy goal is a perfect cameo of how Germany have performed in the opening 24 minutes, namely pathetically.

  • 22'

    Sabri whipped the ball in, CKR's half volley looped up and hit the bar, then bounced down and Ugor's volley squeezes through Lehmann's legs and over the line!

  • 22'

    GOAL! Ugor Boral scores! Turkey lead!

  • 20'

    The supposedly 'great' British commentator John Motson has completely lost the plot judging by the opening to this game. He's spewing some right rubbish about.

  • 19'

    No cohesion up front from Germany as Podolski sprays a poor ball in the opposite direction from Klose's run. Rattled they are, rattled.

  • 18'

    Finally Germany assert themselves as Ballack gets into the box. The ball falls to Rolfes but Sabri was there to turn it behind for a corner.

  • 17'

    Rustu claims the deep free-kick well, and hopefully that'll give him a boost of confidence because he looked like he was doing a brilliant Shakin' Stevens impression against Croatia.

  • 16'

    Klose buys a free kick after having given the ball away. Ugor muscled him out of it but the Swiss ref hands Germany the decision.

  • 15'

    Akman is having a right old game here! He runs on to a ball from Hakan Balta and is about to unload before Simon Rolfes gets in a vital tackle.

  • 14'

    Germany clear the corner but it comes straight back and Schweinstieger turns the ball behind for another after Akman looked to get in down the byline.

  • 13'

    Colin KR hits the bar! Akman has all the time in the world to retrieve a cross in the area, lay it back to CKR and he smacks his shot against the bar!

  • 12'

    Semih picks up a ball in the hole in between midfield and defence as Michael Ballack was putting centre-back Gokhan Zan under pressure. Germany are all at sea here.

  • 11'

    Turkey's early promise has encouraged their fans, who are chucking out chant after chant.

  • 10'

    Germany are struggling to get into this game. They look a little lost and disorganised at the minute. How very un-German.

  • 9'

    Well, that was a big wobble from the left-back! As I was saying, Turkey could profit if they put this back-line under pressure. They are far from water-tight.

  • 8'

    Another chance for Turkey after a mistake from Philip Lahm lets in Hamit. He bears down on goal from the right but Lehmann makes a smart, and crucial, save!

  • 7'

    Colin Kazim-Richards fires in a piledriver but Lehmann is right behind it.

  • 6'

    Perhaps Fatih Terim has decided his side haven't got the quality to hang on for 120 minutes like they did against Croatia, so has instructed them to push on and get at Germany. A good idea, their centre-back pairing could do with testing.

  • 5'

    Hang on! Turkey in promising attack shock! Ugor gets down the left, flashes in a cross and Metzelder slices it over his own bar!

  • 4'

    Semih looks like he's got his work cut out tonight. He's going to be up there on his todd, ploughing a lone furrow. The service to him so far has been awful.

  • 3'

    Germany enjoy the majority of possession in the early stages but Turkey are setting about strangling the game...again.

  • 2'

    Turkey only have three fully fit subs we are told!

  • 1'

    We're off!


    Germany are unchanged, Joachim Loew keeping faith with the side that beat Portugal, meaning Torsten Frings has to make do with a place on the bench. Kick-off is fast approaching, so don't go anywhere....


    So, Turkey bring in midfielder Ayhan Akman, Mehmet Aurelio is back from suspension, and Semih Senturk plays for the injured Nihat. Tuncay Sanli, Arda Turan, Volkan Demirel and Emre Asik are suspended, while Nihat Kahveci, Emre Gungor, Servet Cetin and Emre Belozoglu are all injured.


    Breaking news: Turkey riven with injuries and suspensions! Ok, so that titbit of info is soooo last week, but actually, the situation is even worse than before the quarter final. EIGHT players are missing. But we know better than to write them off don't we? Oh no, can't do that.


    And Turkey: Rustu, Sarioglu, Topal, Zan, Balta, Aurelio, Kazim-Richards, Altintop, Akman, Boral and Senturk. Subs from: Zengin, Cetin, Emre, Karadeniz, Metin, Gungor, Erdinc and Nihat.


    The teams, beginning with Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Hitzlsperger, Rolfes, Schweinsteiger, Ballack, Podolski and Klose. Subs from: Enke, Adler, Jansen, Fritz, Westermann, Frings, Gomez, Neuville, Trochowski, Borowski, Odonkor and Kuranyi.


    Welcome to the coal face ladies and gentlemen; as New Zealand's fourth most popular folk combo like to say: 'It's business time.' Germany and Turkey know they are just 90 minutes away from the Euro 2008 final, and that kind of pressure cooker atmosphere can do funny things to people. All the action is live with me, Chris Murphy.


    Join us at 1945BST as Euro 2008 bubbles towards a tantalising climax. Can the injury and suspension-ridden Turks cause a major upset and dump Germany out of the competition? Find out, in a matter of hours, right here.