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Player Ratings: Turkey 3-2 Belgium

Guus Hiddink's men found a way past the resilient 10-man visitors...

By Gary Niblock

  • Onur Kıvrak
    22
    9
    2.50

    Onur Kıvrak

    Did not cover himself in glory for either of Belgium's goals, as he looked like a man short of international experience.

  • Sabri Sarıoğlu
    17
    2
    2.50

    Sabri Sarıoğlu

    Needs no invitation to get forward and was encouraged to do so by a defensive Belgian side.

  • İsmail Köybaşı
    25
    1
    3.00

    İsmail Köybaşı

    Supported Arda well and made an excellent break down the left, which led to Turkey's equaliser. The Besiktas man looks to have a bright future for the national team.

  • Servet Çetin
    24
    2
    3.00

    Servet Çetin

    Won every individual battle and kept Lukaku quiet, using his considerable strength and battle-hardiness to nullify the young protege's threat.

  • Ömer Erdoğan
    11
    3
    3.50

    Ömer Erdoğan

    Rarely troubled at the back, will be disappointed not to have scored from a set-piece.

  • Selçuk İnan
    13
    4
    2.00

    Selçuk İnan

    Was unsurprisingly replaced at half-time as he systematically failed to influence proceedings.

  • Emre Belözoğlu
    25
    3
    3.50

    Emre Belözoğlu

    Sprayed the ball about well from midfield and showed he still has the legs to take on defenders.

  • Aurelio
    14
    5
    3.00

    Aurelio

    Generally solid as he screened the defence but sometimes was troubled by the dynamism of Fellaini.

  • Hamit Altıntop
    77
    3
    4.00

    Hamit Altıntop Top of the Match

    Despite being kept under wraps early on, he got the reward his endeavours deserved, popping up for the equaliser. He also put some excellent crosses in from the right, notably that which led to Arda's winner. An unheralded player but underrate him at your peril.

  • Tuncay Şanlı
    13
    11
    3.00

    Tuncay Şanlı

    Missed a golden chance in the first half and in general looked like a player who is not always first-choice at his club side, Stoke City.

  • Arda Turan
    68
    1
    3.50

    Arda Turan

    Turkey's biggest threat, he gave Alderweireld a real working over and was able to beat his man on both sides. He popped up late on to score his country's winner to cap off a fine display of wing wizardry.

Substitutions

  • Selçuk Şahin
    9
    3
    0.00

    Selçuk Şahin

    N/A

  • Semih Şentürk
    26
    0
    3.50

    Semih Şentürk

    Replaced the ineffective Selcuk and vindicated Hiddink with a typical penalty box strike. His physical presence also aided his side.

  • Gökhan Gönül
    11
    3
    3.00

    Gökhan Gönül

    Came on for Sabri and slotted into the right-back role seamlessly.

  • Logan Bailly
    3
    3
    3.00

    Logan Bailly

    Made a good save before Altintop's goal but was let down by the men on the line. Could not really be faulted for any of Turkey's goals.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    47
    6
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Imperious presence at left-back. The captain led from the front in a difficult away game for the Rode Duivels however such a performance begs the question as to why he does not play centrally.

  • Daniel Van Buyten
    34
    7
    3.50

    Daniel Van Buyten

    Made up for his error against Germany with two vital goals, he was also more assured than usual in defence and his strength of character was typical of the resolute nature of Belgium's performance.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    3
    4
    3.00

    Toby Alderweireld

    Excellent delivery from the corner for the goal however defensively had a difficult evening against Arda who exposed the Ajax man's lack of experience in a position somewhat alien to him. Gillet is still the best bet at right-back.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    5
    5
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Broke forward more often than had been anticipated and won some good duels high up the field. However when he moved back into defence, he committed an awful error, which resulted in Semih's goal.

  • Vincent Kompany
    23
    5
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany Flop of the Match

    Lost Tuncay early on which could have resulted in a goal and then left his country in the lurch with a red card at a crucial time. For such an experienced and accomplished defender, he must end his youthful impetuousness in the tackle.

  • Guillaume Gillet
    3
    0
    2.50

    Guillaume Gillet

    The utility man put in a real shift for his side, showing some nice touches but tried too hard perhaps as he sought to prove himself at this level.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    8
    4
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Used his physicality well to put pressure on the Turkish defenders and take some of the attacking pressure off Lukaku. However he did not build on a good start to impose himself fully on the game.

  • Timmy Simons
    3
    2
    3.00

    Timmy Simons

    Calm and reassuring, good protection of the back four and efficient in his distribution although you get the impression the high-intensity nature of the game took its toll on the former PSV captain.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    23
    6
    3.00

    Romelu Lukaku

    Didn't get much of the ball as he was well-marshalled by an even more imposing figure in Servet. However he kept plugging away and his towering header led to Van Buyten's second goal. Hugely important for Lukaku that he has shown he can make the difference in big games.

  • Mousa Dembele
    5
    4
    3.00

    Mousa Dembele

    A peripheral figure when on the field, he rarely got the chance to run at the defence and commit men.

Substitutions

  • Eden Hazard
    7
    11
    0.00

    Eden Hazard

    Came on towards the end but failed to appreciate the urgency his side required - in truth he was selfish and his cameo vindicated Leekens' decision to drop him.

  • Axel Witsel
    4
    4
    2.00

    Axel Witsel

    A late replacement for Lukaku, his fresh legs assisted in Belgium's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to chase an equaliser.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    3
    3
    2.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    An outstanding delivery for Belgium's second goal.

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