Turks eliminate Swiss
Basel, June 11:
Arda Turan scored in injury time on Wednesday to give Turkey a 2-1 win over Switzerland that eliminated the co-hosts from the European Championship.
Turan scored in the third minute of injury time, sending a right-footed shot from outside the area that deflected in off a Swiss defender.
Substitute Semih Senturk also scored for Turkey, heading in a cross in the 57th, after Hakan Yakin had given Switzerland the lead in the 32nd. Switzerland became only the second European Championship host to be eliminated before the last four. Euro 2000 co-hosts Belgium also failed to get through the group stage.
The result was enough to send Portugal through to the quarter-finals from Group A. The Turks and Czechs will play for the final spot from the group on Sunday.
The game, which was played through a first-half downpour, was heading for a draw when Turan’s shot hit defender Patrick Mueller and looped over goalkeeper Diego Bengalio.
Yakin scored during the heavy rain, reacting quickly after a cross from Eren Derdiyok got stuck in a large puddle in front of goal.
Yakin should have made it 2-0 just three minutes later, when Valon Behrami’s cross went straight through the Turkey defense. With an open goal, Yakin pushed his point-blank effort wide.
He had another chance in the 84th, but goalie Volkan Demirel made a diving
save, reacting fast enough to snuff out Ricardo Cabanas’ effort on the rebound. Derdiyok did not play in Switzerland’s 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic last week, while Yakin came on as a substitute.