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October 7, 2011
• Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 49532
H. Balta 79'
M. Gómez 35'
T. Müller 66'
B. Schweinsteiger 86'
FULL-TIME! Germany defeat Turkey 3-1 to maintain their 100 per cent record from qualifying. Goals from Gomez, Muller and Schweinsteiger were enough for Low's men, despite Balta making it 2-1. Turkey will be disappointed with the result as Belgium look set to overtake them into second place in Group A. That's all from me tonight but make sure you check out all the other qualifiers on Goal.com tonight. Have a good evening and take care people!
90' + 1'
Muller squeezes the ball through to Gomez who is unmarked at the back post. However, the in-form striker blasts the ball over the bar. poos miss from Gomez. There will be three minutes of added time.
Turkey are looking for a penalty of their own as Gonul falls down under the challenge of Lahm. The referee waves play on as Reus makes his international debut, replacing the impressive Gotze.
GERMANY NEARLY ADD A FOURTH! Gotze controls Neuer's clearance before making his way into the box. He looks to square the ball to Gomez but Turkey cut out the danger.
Penalty Goal Bastian Schweinsteiger
3-1 GERMANY! Schweinsteiger steps up and smashes the ball into the bottom corner, sending Demirel the wrong way. Umut is on for Mehmet Aurelio as Turkey.
GERMANY WIN A PENALTY! Muller makes his way into the box and falls under the challenge of Gonul. Can Germany wrap up the win?
Tore swings a corner into the box yet it's a poor delivery as Schweinsteiger heads the ball clear. On the counter-attack, Schurrle finds himself with the ball in the Turkey area yet his shot is cleared by Balta.
Will that goal give Turkey a new lease of life? The home side have nine minutes plus injury time to find an equaliser.
Goal Hakan Balta
LIFELINE FOR TURKEY! The home side pull a goal back with their two full-backs working well together. Gonul crosses to the back-post as an unmarked Balta strides into the area and volleys the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out. Neuer had no chance with that.
Gonul wins the ball and attempts a shot 40 yards from goal, which Neuer deals with easily. Hiddink's men appear to be getting a little desperate now.
The home nation are looking a little tired. Surely Germany will just try and see out the remaining 15 minutes.
It's safe to say that Germany look the most likely team to score at the moment, especially with Turkey struggling to break down a stern away defence. Howedes replaces Boateng at right-back.
Turkey are still looking for a way back into the game but are leaving themselves susceptible to be hit on the counter-attack. This time, Gotze plays the ball to Schurrle who cuts infield before seeing his effort from the edge of the box well held by Demirel.
It is also worth noting that this will be Germany's ninth victory in qualification, as Low's men remain on course to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group A. Kazim-Kazim replaces Arda Turan who is clearly disgruntled at being substituted.
Big trouble for Turkey who are staring defeat in the eyes. Belgium are currently beating Kazakhstan 3-0 in the over game in the group, meaning Turkey will be knocked down to third place if results stay the same with only one match to go.
Goal Thomas Müller
2-0 GERMANY! The away side grab the all important second goal of the game. Neuer's brilliant punt forward lands at the feet of Gotze who controls it before sliding it across goal. Muller is running onto it and strikes the ball into the far corner from edge of the box, great finish.
Schurrle cuts in from the left wing and ghosts past Gonul. His effort is pretty tame yet Demirel is unable to claim the ball cleanly, and fumbles it around the post for a corner.
Tore shows some great skill down the righr wing before playing a low ball into the near post. Arda Turan looks to get his big toe to the ball but Neuer is alert and claims it without any fuss.
Low is preparing to make his first change of the game with Schurrle standing on the sidelines ready to come on. Who will make way? Looks like it will be Podolski.
Yellow Card Hamit Altıntop
BRILLIANT DEFENDING BY BOATENG! Burak Yilmaz looks like he is through on goal yet the former Manchester City defender tracks his man well and puts in a vital last ditch challenge, with the ball going out of play for a corner.
Suicidal play by Sabri who plays a poor back-pass into the path of Muller. However, the Bayern player drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.
Gonul whips the ball into the area from the right-wing yet only Arda Turan is in the box as Neuer claims it out of the air with ease.
Yellow Card Holger Badstuber
Gotze slides the ball to Gomez who is on the edge of the box. The former Stuttgart man works a yard of space for himself before striking the ball low, only for Demirel to turn it around the post for a corner.
Tore beats several men but is eventually crowded out by the German defence after making his way into their penalty area. Great tracking back from Muller who was the player to eventually challenge the Hamburg man.
Podolski smashes the ball over the bar from just inside the box after Schweinsteiger's through ball. However, the offside flag is up. Very tight decision that.
The substitute Tore whips a ball into the box but Mertesacker does well to head the ball from danger before Sabri screws his effort wide of goal.
Germany are seeing more of the ball in the early stages of the second period. Turkey must not concede a second if they are going to get back into this game.
Selcuk Inan is the man who has made way. The Galatasaray man enjoyed a decent first half yet Hiddink is looking for his side to display more width.
Germany get us back underway in this second half. Can Low's sile build on their lead or will Turkey get back into the team? The home side have made a substitute by the way, bringing on German-born Gokhan Tore.
HALF-TIME! Germany lead 1-0 at the break courtesy of Gomez' fine strike in the 35th minute. The away nation have enjoyed decent spells of possession yet Turkey will feel slightly unlucky to be losing after creating chances. All is yet to play for in the second half so make sure you're back in 15 minutes.
45' + 1'
Low's side are pressing for a second as Gotze's corner is headed over the bar by Schweinsteiger.
Germany are looking bright on the attack after some last-ditch defending from the home side cuts out Gotze's attempted through ball to Muller.
Turkey are desperately trying to draw back level before the half-time whistle and are committing men forward. Are they leaving themselves open to a counter-attack?
Lovely build-up play by Turkey as Selcuk's cute back-heel finds Burak Yilmaz on the edge of the area. However, the striker hits the ball over the bar.
Turkey will be disappointed at going a goal, especially after having their fair share of this game. Brilliant play by Gomez though who know has five goals in qualifying.
Goal M. Gómez
1-0 GERMANY! Gomez opens the scoring! Neuer's huge throw finds Muller who then chips the ball over to Gomez. The big striker controls the ball before sidestepping his marker into the box before smashing it into the far corner.
ALTINTOP SHOULD DO BETTER! Selcuk chips the ball to the Real Madrid who volleys it from 12 yards out. He's at an angle yet his effort is easily saved by Neuer.
Gotze does brilliantly to win the ball off the Turkey defence before spreading it wide to Muller. The Bayern attacker attempts to find Gomez yet Cetin puts the ball our for a corner. Can Germany create a chance from this?
Turkey's best spell of the game this. Hiddink's men have stepped it up a notch as they begin to pass the ball around swiftly. Who will open the scoring tonight?
Decent opportunity for Turkey after a nice attacking move. Altintop slides the ball to Arda Turan who is on the right side of the box before the winger plays a low ball towards Selcuk. However, the Galatasaray midfielder can only sky the ball over the bar from 15 yards, a poor miss.
Muller swings the ball into the box from the left wing but Korkmaz does well to jump above Gomez and clear the danger with his head.
We're just over half way through the first period and despite Germany's bright opening, Turkey have responded very well and look solid defensively. The away nation are going to have to be patient if they are to break down a resolute Turkey.
Arda Turan looks like he is going to make the most of Lahm's slip in the German half yet Badstuber is across to put in a last ditch challenge on the Atletico Madrid attacker.
Low's team are on the attack again yet Turkey's defence stands strong with Mehmet Aurelio blocking Muller's attempt at goal from the edge of the box.
Germany are awarded a free-kick on the right wing after Selcuk blocks off the run of Boateng. However, the away team fail to make the most of the set-piece, eventually losing the ball.
The crowd are getting a little frustrated with their side's inability to dominate possession in this game. Still, despite Germany's bright opening, they are yet to carve out a solid opportunity on goal.
Good defensive play by Turkey as Cetin stands his ground in the corner of the pitch to win a free-kick from the challenge of Khedira.
Germany are still having more of possession but the home side look well organised, getting plenty of men back into their own half to defend.
The tempo of the game has slowed down a little after a frantic opening. Guus Hiddink's men are seeing a little more of the ball now as they look to settle into the game.
Germany are appealing for a penalty! Muller slides the ball to Gomez who is loitering around the opposition's six-yard line. However, the Bayern Munich striker goes down under a challenge from Cetin. The Galatasaray defender makes minimal contact with the ball yet the referee rules that Gomez was already on his way to the ground.
Lahm does superb to win the ball in the Turkish half before bypassing several challenges to make his way into the box. He cuts the ball back but fails to pick our one of his team-mates. Very lively start to this game.
BRILLIANT SAVE FROM NEUER! Just as I was saying Turkey were struggling to get hold of the ball, they come close to opening the scoring. Selcuk slides the ball through to Hamit Altintop who strikes the ball well. However, Neuer does well to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.
Schweinsteiger attempts a long ball over the top of the home side's defence yet Gomez is ruled offside. Turkey are yet to see much of the ball so far.
The away nation have started brightly and are in control of possession at the moment. Every touch from a German player is greeted with hostile boos from the Turkish home support.
Turan and Burak Yilmaz get us underway. Turkey are wearing all red while Germany are in their famous white shirts with black shorts.
Both sets of players are now on the pitch with the crowd making superb noise. Huge game this for both sides with Germany looking to go through a qualification campaign without dropping a spoint for the first time in their history.
Surprise team news for Turkey is the exclusion of Emre Belozoglu who is on the bench this evening. Hamit Altintop starts in midfield after missing September's international fixtures with a hip injury.
Big team news for Germany tonight is the absence of star playmaker, Mesut Ozil. Not to worry though - Joachim Low brings in Borussia Dortmund wonderkid, Mario Gotze who has been handed the task of picking the Turkish defence this evening. There are also starts for Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira, Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Gotze, Podolski; Gomez
Turkey (4-5-1): Demirel; Gonul, Korkmaz, Cetin, Balta; Sabri, Hamit, Aurelio, Selcuk Inan, Arda; Burak Yilmaz
Here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Group A Euro 2012 qualifying game between Turkey and Germany from the the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. I'm Luke Matthews and i'll be guiding you through tonight's action. Germany have already clinched qualification for next summer's European Championships yet Turkey are in desperate need of a positive result tonight if they are to hold off Belgium to clinch the play-off spot.
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