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Germany 3 Turkey 2: The Ride is Finally Over

Posted 06-25-2008 at 06:43 PM by Striker X
Germany secured the first finalist slot with a 3-2 victory against a Turkish side that played its heart out. The see-saw battle saw both side have the lead and lose it, ending in a memorable goal in the 90th minute by defender Phillip Lahm.

Between suspensions and injuries Turkey only had fourteen players available and were huge underdogs to the Germans. However when the game started you would have thought Turkey was favored. Turkey relentlessly attacked the Germans, reaching the penalty area several times. The two defensive stratigies were in sharp contrast: Turkey closely marking the Germans when Germany had possession, Germany seemingly content to guard areas as Turkey made its way up the field.

The Turkish midfield was impressive and none moreso than Ugur Boral. He pounced on a shot that hit the crossbar to score the first Turkish goal. This momentarily woke up the Germans who came back with a Podolski cross that Schweinsteiger flicked in for the equalizer three minutes later.

Unfortunately the 2nd half was a different story for the Turks as their players slowly started coming back down to Earth. The heart was there, but the legs weren't. The Germans started to assert themselves more and Lahm's cross found Klose's head in the 79th minute to put the Germans ahead 2-1.

Somehow, someway though, the Turks found a way to fight back. In the 86th minute Sabri Sarioglu blew past Philipp Lam like he was standing still, sending a laser to Semih Senturk who flicked in the ball from an improbable angle to level the score again at 2-2.

With time rapidly running down though Philipp Lahm brought the answer. A pass to Thomas Hitzlsperger was quickly returned to Lahm as he was streaking into the penalty area. Lahm beat the on-rushing goalkeeper near post, and Germany took the final lead 3-2 in the last minute of the game.

In victory Germany was happy, but clearly has some weaknesses. Lehmann had his shaky moments in goal, while the German central midfield was non-existent during most of the match. Frings was about as mobile as a tree-trunk and Ballack could not get the ball into either the penalty area or goal box with shots, crosses, or fed ex packaging. Hitzlsperger did have the game winning assist, but gave the ball away 5 times. The Germans were reduced at times to having their central fullbacks bring the ball up, an unwelcome sight for all to see.

In many ways the day belonged to Turkey. Though defeated, they fought valiantly and proved themselves a worthy opponent. Their ingenuity and heart, no matter who was on the field, was surprising and nearly got them into the Finals of Euro 2008. With so many young players like Boral, Senturk, Kazim eager to step up on one of the world's biggest stages, the Turks may play an important role in the tournaments yet to come.
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This is a World Cup and in the morning, meaning no trapped in Spain after winning in celebration of flashbacks scenes. Although few goals, often tedious, can I still miss involuntarily group. At that time, was in a style, no one left, alive, are hard, all has the show was a mystery, let your curiosity and excited to guess, No one moved, like all my childhood was happy, sad part. However, we will grow, as the group will end, entered the knockout, like the adult world is cruel, only to win, so cruel, but also so fierce, let a person cannot bear the but again. But the final like? Old age? But as already to leave the glorious moment.

A World Cup, is a life, the same is irreversible and full of stories, different feeling, the World Cup is on the surface of the comedy, and life. But there is a big different, the World Cup, four years in our life, there are a lot of, can wait to finish. It's interesting that life often many games, to really make people feel dolorous, but life is dull and heavy, some itself. So, the World Cup, absolutely for the artificial game, but most truly happy to give fans and comfort. Although the time adjustable from South Africa to Beijing, will be hard, like two days before midnight, I didn't wake up at will. But except for, what more can I say? The World Cup ended the game, we started again, you and I are living on each of the athletes, refueled! And sincerely for the past month, you in my words to you in advance of the meeting. Said, wish you are moving in his World Cup well on all!
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