Euro 2008 SF1 LiveBlog: Germany vs Turkey
|SEMI-FINAL 1||June 25th, 2045 CET, Basel (Switzerland)|
How ironic that Turkey loses to a last-minute goal.
And it is apparently over. Germany goes through. What an odd game. Well-played to the Turks, and congrats to the Germans on coming back.
90′ GOAL!!!! Germany Lahm!! and we’ve lost the picture again. Trying to remember what happened. One of the Turkish defenders went down injured, (and stayed down) which allowed Lahm to break free and lay the ball of to Hitzlsperger. Lahm makes the run, Hitzlsperger sends him the ball in front of goal and Lahm sends it home.
89′ Senturk sends in a long, hopeful shot that goes out.
88′ Okay, Laurie’s back again. I didn’t see the goal, but saw the replay. Lehman and the German defense make a hash of it. Germany is trying desperately to score. Gokdeniz on, Borel off for Turkey. (Why would he take off Borel? MOTM in my opinion.)
86′ IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN!!! Turkey have equalized!!! 2-2.
81′ Erdinc has come on for Akman. Fatih Terim’s done well just to find an uninjured unsuspended player to come on. No goalscorers on the bench though. If only Hakan Sukur was there, eh?
Anglea Merkel spotted having a good clap. I’m sure a German victory is good for her politically.
This is weird, the commentary is ahead of the picture. So I’ve got Alan Green telling me what’s happened before I see it on the TV.
We have the picture back on the BBC now. Turkey going for it. They need another miracle.
Apparently Rustu made a howler and missed the ball. Not sure if we’ll ever see the goal though. ESPN must be kicking themselves.
GOAL!!! Not kidding. 2-1 to Germany. According to the Radio Five Live commentary Miroslave Klose has headed home.
Hi all, Daryl here filling in
77′ And we’ve lost the TV feed again. And back we go to the studio.
76′ Germany has a long stretch of possession, inching forward, with even Metzelder coming up past the center line. But in the end Turkey gets it back.
75′ another German longball that Podolski can’t get to in time. Out for a Turkey throw.
74′ Longball to Ballack, who heads it in to Hitzlsperger (?), who misses it.
– and almost immediately Hitzlsperger gets off a shot from distance that goes just a bit wide.
73′ Borel gets a shot off that goes to Lehmann.
71′ Recber comes out to the edge of the box to collect the ball. At the other end, Kazim is offside.
70′ Kazim does some pretty dribbling before Lahm pulls him down in the box. No call.
68′ Borel wins a corner. He’s having a great game and coaches everywhere are probably taking notice. Corner is headed out by Germany, but Turkey gets it back. Sabri sends the ball back into the box, but Ballack heads it out.
66′ Turkey has only three outfield players available for subs. And one of them, Tumer Metin, is injured but still a possible sub. Sabri gets a great chance coming up the right. He crosses to the ball and Germany misses it, but there are no Turkish players anywhere close.
65′ Okay, we’re back. Andy Gray says we missed “one little spell of pressure by the Germans.” But otherwise nothing missed. And Daryl is heaving a huge sigh of relief, because they still had picture in England and I was going to rope him into finishing the game.
62′ish. They’re saying it’s still 1-1. Julie Foudy is taking us through the Turkey goal, just like she did at halftime. Yawn. I could go take a nap. Wake me when we come back.
60-ish’ Chris is telling me that I’m not getting out of liveblogging this easy. As long as the TV feed is down, he says I have to liveblog Julie Foudy’s and Tommy Smyth’s commentary. But fortunately for you, I’ll spare you that.
58′ Still no game. Power hit in Switzerland that has taken out ESPN’s TV feed. We get to watch the guys in the studio while having no idea what’s happening. AARRGGHH!!
57′ Hamit Altintop takes down Michael Ballack right outside the box, dead center. Michael Ballack has proven that he can be lethal from this postion. But not this time. Straight into the wall. And we just lost the picture, so ESPN is showing the fans sit and watch the game. They’re seeing a lot more than we are right now.
56′ Metzelder is taken down by Senturk, and he stays down for awhile.
55′ Friedrichs comes up the right and sends the ball into the box. Topal clears it. Germany eventually gets it back and Hitzlsperger sends a shot over the crossbar. This looks like a differrent German team.
54′ Long, hopeful ball for the Turks. Metzelder shields it and it goes out for a German throw.
53′ Senturk takes down Frings and gets yellow for his trouble.
51′ Lahm is taken down just inside the box. No penalty awarded, and the German fans are NOT happy. Replay shows a definite foul, but there’s a question of whether it was inside or outside the area. Whatever. No foul called.
50′ The German defense is looking more cohesive this half.
48′ Turkey plays it around the back for awhile, the the ball goes back and forth between teams. altintop is dragged down by Lahm rather cynically. No card. Free kick maybe 35 yards from goal, goes straight to Lehmann, who only has to stretch a few inches.
47′ Schweini sends a ball toward Klose, but Turkey is able to get it back with some good defending. Turkey gets it back but surrenders it at midfield. And on the other end, Podolski comes up the left, but crosses it too far and too high. Out for a goal kick.
46′ We’re off. And Torsten Frings is on! Watch the ribs!
– and that’s the half. 1-1, which is flattering to Germany, who managed to score on their only opportunity. Germany’s going to have to really step it up if they want to win. Unless they want to go to penalties, since they haven’t lost a shootout since 1976. That’s a pretty dangerous strategy with the comeback Turks, though.
45+1 One minute of stoppage time.
45′ Altintop tries a hard show, but it’s blocked. Rolfes is back on the field, and that cut looks ugly. Senturk is taken down with a tackle from behind. Germany clears the free kick easily and it deflects out for a German throw.
43′ Altintop sends in another hopeful shot. Rolfes is still lying on the sidelines, and Frings is warming up. Huh…what? Broken rib?
42′ Germany takes a long time holding possession at the back. I think they’re rattled. Turkey has dominated this game offensively.
41′ Turkey gets another chance. Altintop is alone in front of goal, but the German defender manages to get there. Then Sabri gets the ball and blasts it toward goal. It just barely goes over.
40′ Rolfes and Akman collide, and Akman goes down as if shot. Blood on both players — Rolfes’ forehead and Akman’s scalp, in the back. Akman is getting stapled together. Eek.
37′ Lahm fouls Kazim with a high kick (under the armpit) just outside the eighteen-yard box., on the right. Borel takes the free kick and blasts it, but straight to Lehmann’s fists. It eventually goes out for a throw.
36′ How much more fun and interesting is this game than Italy-Spain? A lot. Just sayin’
34′ Podolski receives a ball on the left side and charges forward, beating all the Turkish defenders. But he sends the shot high and wide.
31′ Rolfes fouls Senturk maybe twenty yards outside and to the left of box. Altintop sends in a long, high free kick that almost slips over Lehmann’s head; he has to smack it over the top for the corner. Germany sends the delivery out for another corner. Germany sends it away, but Turkey gets it back and Borel sends in a soft shot to Lehmann.
29′ Soft cross to Sabri in front of the German goal, who sends a gentle header straight to Lehmann. Immediately on the other end Klose threatens, and Zan concedes a corner for safety’s sake. Corner headed away by Balta.
26′ GOAL Schweinsteiger! Podolski comes up the left, sends in a perfect cross to Schweini, who taps it with the outside of his foot to send it past Rustu.
26′ Altintop sends in a corner. Aurelio heads it toward Senturk, who can’t get to it in time.
24′ Hitzlsperger takes a shot from distance that’s blocked by Germany. Boral gets upended.
22′ GOAL!!!! The woodwork takes away the first strike here, but Turkey will not be denied! The rebound goes straight to Borel, and Lehmann botches it. Borel sends it in. Borel’s first international goal!!
21′ Borel is a speedy little guy! He’s outrunning Germany on a regular basis, but having a hard time connecting with his teammates after the runs.
20′ Long ball for Germany that Zan barely gets to before Schweinsteiger.
17′ Schweinsteiger takes the ball into the Turkish box, but he’s taken down. No foul. Germany manages to get it back again. Ballack threatens with his head, but doesn’t connect and Turkey clears for a corner. Rustu punches the corner down the field.
16′ Boral takes down Klose. Soft penalty. Germany gets a free kick. Hitzlsperger sends the free kick toward goal. It takes a pretty bend, but Recber is able to grab it.
13′ Turkey is denied by the woodwork. Excellent offensive effort from Turkey, starting with Aurelio. Kazim sends it toward goal, hard, and even then Germany can’t kill it off. Turkey threatens a couple more times before Germany sends it out for a corner. The corner goes strraight to a German hear, but Turkey gets it back and wins another corner. Ballack heads that one away, but Turkey gets it back again! Germany clears it, but they’re looking rattled.
12′ Borel steals the ball and makes a speedy run up the left, but German defense eventually wins out again.
10′ Sloppy German passing gives the ball away again, but Germany gets it back without too much effort.
8′ Mistake by Lahm, who loses the ball in the box. Turkey comes close to capitalizing again, but the German defense is able to get it away. Turkey is playing a surprisingly attacking game so far.
7′ Kazim sends off a long hard shot that goes straight to Lehmann.
6′ Borel gets a look at the German goal, but nobody there. And then almost immediately Sabri puts in a nice cross from the other side that Schweini heads away. Turkey is certainly not going to lie down and die.
4′ The ball’s getting traded back and forth in the midfield. Backpasses to both keepers, Turkey going for safety first. Germany seems to be biding their time.
3′ Long ball for Turkey, straight to Lehmann.
2′ Nothing going on so far. Germany looks efficient when they’re on the ball.
1′ And we’re off
– And the weather guys are saying 60-70% chance of rain. Woohoo, rain! Let’s see that slipand slide again!
-1′ Lep-nn-hmann is in fluorescent green, Recber in the brightest lemon yellow I’ve even seen. You will not be able to miss the goalkeepers today.
-2′ And now Rustu is saying something in what I assume is Turkish against racism. And now it’s Michale Ballack, in German, saying what I assume is the same thing.
-3′ And now the German. Has anybody else noticed that almost all of the German players have pale eyes?
-4′ How many games in and I still love the Turkish national anthem. A great minor-key song.
-5′ All righty. The boys are on the field and we’re getting ready for the national anthems. They’re explaining the Unite Against Racism slogan on all the tickets, etc. in multiple languages.
-17′ Okay, now that I’ve seen the UEFA diagram, this makes a little more sense. Turkey is kind of a 4-1-4-1, with Mehmet Aurelio hanging out in front of the backline, and Semih Senturk the lone striker. Altintop is in the midfield.
-25′ You guys got the last one pretty easily, so let’s try another. Also jumbled.
-35′ And here are our lineups. Are these out of order, or is Turkey playing Altintop up top instead of in the back? I knew they were going to do some juggling to deal with all the injuries/suspensions, but this is scrambled eggs. Heading now to the UEFA site to see what this will look like on the field.
Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Rolfes, Schweinsteiger, Klose, Ballack, Hitzlsperger, Lahm, Mertesacker, Podolski, Metzelder.
Turkey: Rustu, Balta, Gokhan Zan, Topal, Aurelio, Semih, Boral, Kazim, Ayhan, Sabri, Altintop.
Are we ready for another puzzle? This is one of today’s players. But because you guys are way too quick on these, we’ve added a complication. The pictures are not in order. Ready? Set? Go solve!
Hello and welcome to our liveblog. The Germans vs. the Turks in the first semifinal of Euro 2008. The most recent news is that Torsten Frings and his fractured rib will not be starting. I think it’s probably for the best. Fractured ribs hurt.
cant be bothered to respond to you duque, but if i could just point at the 4 stars on the italian jerseys and the how many on the spanish ones please???
Posted from Switzerland
Well I hope Spain and Russia don’t cancel each other out somehow. At least this match was dramatic, if not unwatchable at times.
Duque de Galicia, nice atitude. Diving and cheating tends to be a characteristic of many teams including Spain so watch yourself and have a little respect, you could be crying tomorrow. Spain hasn’t won anything in over forty years, there is a reason for that, they’re pretty but ultimately useless. There was only one card for simulation in that game and it was handed to Spain. The ref sees through your facade.
Posted from Canada
I’m not an Italy fan but I can say that they will always be one better than Spain. You have the talent but as a team you’re lost. You are red with jealous and green with envy, that is the only reason why you make such immature comments, don’t try and deny it my friend because it’s quite plain to see.
Posted from Canada
Duque de Galicia is a known troll.
My advice would be to not bother responding to anything he/she says. All
comments from Duque de Galicia (aka Porchetta) will be deleted as soon as possible.
Posted from United Kingdom
AP reported that there was a violent thunderstorm which swept across Austria and affected the transmissions. Only Swiss TV and Al-Jazeera was the entire game available.
What really happened:
‘The problems arose in neighboring Austria, where lightning, thunder and torrential rain caused a power outage at the International Broadcast Center in Vienna, from which the telecast is beamed all over the world.’
Posted from Singapore
No wonder no transmission at times in the second-half.
Posted from Singapore
Referee is awfull.
Posted from Turkey
Will be fun tomorrow, hope the field is a bit respectable in Vienna.
Nice ending, again. Too bad the Germans were on the good side of it now, Turkey played with so much passion, great to see. Fantastic game all in all.
Posted from Netherlands
Great respect to Turkey.
They might have just as well ended up as winners .
Deseved vbictory or not – if you take into account the clear penalty-worth foul on Lahm in / at the rim of (which is the same) the box. The ref either did not see it or was too much of a coward to blow the whistle and declare it as what it was.
That said, and given the majority of chances on the Turkish side, I’d call it even. And then happens what football makes so cruel and unpredictable: The winner is who scores at least one goal more than the opponent.
Again: Chapeau to the Turks. You have written soccer hiostory even without having made it to the final.
But also: Germans: If you lay off your notorious early-on inferority complex, you can win the CUP.
GO, GERMANY GO !
i’m glad to see in this tournamet, turks were winning a triumph pretty soon without best players, arda turan, nihat kahveci, servet cetin etc. congratulations germany, germans made turkish tactic at 90′. i hope russia will win the cup at the end, their play is similar to turkey, they paly agaisnt rival + referee.
Congratulations Turkey… But Once Again Germany Proved it.. Remember what English Gary Linekar said ” Foot is a 90 minuts game, but at the Germans Win”.
Posted from India
Gratz to Turkey. You simply played the better football tonight, but we had the luck you had before.
Referee did an average job, there where not given penalties on both sides, so at least that was even.
I am wondering why the German team always fail, when they had been declared for favorite. Hope they meet spain in final, so they might play better again…
Posted from Germany
Thank you all for posting during the game. I was at work tv-less, this blog running in the back. Between your posts and my son’s txt pages, I was well informed and also entitled to my almost heart attack. Nervous before the game. Didn’t think it would be an easy sweep and then during the game. Keep up the good word you lovely posters you. Also, who will Germany play in the finals. I say Russia!
Yeah, I noticed that too, Wnuck, Germany plays best when nobody gives them a chance. So, meine liebe Mannschaft, no chance you win the title. Mark my words (gosh, I so hope I am wrong)
what a pathetic german team. let’s remember that turkey did not have EIGHT of its top players on the field today and even so they brought threat to germany. what would have happened if the turks had their main players today? ballack was missing in action. the only two germans worth mentioning are podolski and schweinsteiger but the rest of that german team was mediocre and if they win the euro it will be out of sheer luck and not talent.
turkey, thanks for showing true grit and heart. a great job.
as for tomorrow well I don’t care what team wins as long as they defeat this pathetic german mediocrity that has been skeaking through.
Posted from United States
Every team has an off day. In the end all it matters is winning.. Ja?
Well, if thes still win all their important game due to a mediocre effort, so what? Maybe they’re just far better than you can imagine.
Posted from Australia
Turkey go home Germany roll on and lets see some football not turkish trench digging all they do is infringe and tackle wildly cant play football ur geriatric keeper cost you the game wheres your god nowhahaha?
Posted from Australia
amazing what the turks did, they’re not even IN the european union (yet) but already in euro semifinals… too bad that’s as far as they get (for now)
Posted from Indonesia
i am proud of our team, we played more better Germany.We had only b-team and beated Germany. ok:) My grandmother ’s team Russia will win this cup ,i see same soul on them .
Uhm first of all i’d like to say to Germans ‘Herzliche Glückwünsche!’
I really felt so disappointted after match finished because I waited for a new goal since the last seconds.But it didn’t happen this time.Anyway,i really feel diffirent things now.I’m sad because even we played better,Germans won.(”Foot is a 90 minuts game, but at the Germans Win”)
I’m happy because we were the most fantastic team in euro 2008.Admit that;euro 2008 would be boring without us this time.
Whatever,not we can’twait for 2010,we are looking forward to it.
Sooo geliyoruz 2010,we come 2010,wir kommen 2010…..:P
Posted from Turkey
I expected a completly different match and a completly different german team. Turkey has been the better team at least during the first half and we (the germans) never really found into the match but we won it in the end.
Now we can sing the old songs of efficiency or the great myth of german football teams and big tournaments where in the end always germany wins but i really do not know why we see such different german teams during this Euro.
I hope on sunday we see the other german team and can celebrate our fourth european victory. It would be a victory as so many others sometimes we played good soemtimes we played bad but even when we play bad we still can win.
That´s perhabs the difference to teams like the netherlands.
Posted from Germany
Congratulations to Germany From Turkey.
Posted from Turkey
I cannot believe that we lost… But I accepted the fact (although it was hard to see )… no other choice huh. Anyways it is true that we played against referees more than with the opponents lol maybe not on the match with Germans but the previous ones and dont deny that guys. And about russians after seeing them play against spanish team… they are not like Turks at all! they were pretty nasty and İm glad that Spain won But anyhow the best team is out so… let the next best team win
Posted from United States
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