Germany Leaves It Late

German Football
By German Football June 25, 2008 21:26

Germany Leaves It Late

Germany won Turkey 3-2 to book a place in the finals of Euro 2008 after a fantastic strike in the 90th minute by Philipp Lahm. Klose scored in the 79th minute with a header that looked like it was going to be the winner but Turkey once again leveled in dramatic fashion in the 86th minute. With the game looking to go into extra time, Germany decided it was time for them to take a page off the Turks. Lahm made a run down the left and played a nice one-two with Hitzelsperger to end up nicely placed with just the goalkeeper to beat. He cooly sent the Turkish goalkeeper diving the wrong way, slotting the ball into the net at the near post.

Thus, the result ends the Turkish fairytale that has dominated headlines at Euro 2008. Turkey had come back 3 times in the last 3 games with late goals and it looked like it was going to happen again when Semih Senturk scored in the 86th minute to level things at 2-2. The much-weakened Turkey side had dominated the first half but were only level at half-time after Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger had cancelled out Ugur Boral’s 22nd-minute opening goal within 4 minutes.

The second half was a more evenly-matched game and looked to be going to extra-time after Germany striker Miroslav Klose and Semih Senturk of Turkey had each scored in the final 11 minutes. Germany took the lead through Klose in the 79th minute. Rustu was coming out from his goal to claim Lahm’s lofted cross into the area, but Klose beat both the goalkeeper and Topal to the ball to send a glancing header into an unguarded net. Astonishingly, the Turks managed to net yet another late goal 4 minutes from time when it seemed like Germany were all set to go into the finals. Sabri sent over a low cross and Semih managed to poke the ball past Lehmann at his near post.

But there was still time for Lahm to smash home the winner as three-times European champions – twice as West Germany in 1972 and 1980 – reached the final, where they will meet either Spain or Russia.

German Football
By German Football June 25, 2008 21:26
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