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November 15, 2013
• 5 Ocak Stadyumu, Adana
Referee: B. Nijhuis
• Attendance: 14000
M. Erdinç 45'+
Thank you for following Goal's live coverage from today's international friendly between Turkey and Northern Ireland. Until next time, I've been Theo Squires. Thank you and goodnight.
Another poor display in front of goal from the Boys in Green however. It is now It's now 1,109 minutes since Northern Ireland scored a goal away from home in a friendly.
Full-time. Turkey 1-0 Northern Ireland. The Turks were dominant from start to finish, but Michael O'Neil's side defended admirably all game long, ensuring Mevlut Erdinc's strike on the stroke of half-time was the only thing separating the two sides.
90' + 3'
Another corner to Northern Ireland, Steven Davis takes this time. But yet again Turkey clear. This time it's through Ersan Gulum.
90' + 2'
Late corner to Northern Ireland, taken by Lee Hodson, but Semih Kaya is on hand to clear for the Turks.
Each side exchanges shots at goal, but both fail to test the keeper as Gokhan Tore fires wide for Turkey, before Martin Paterson does the same for England.
You guessed it, another Turkey substitution as Ishak Dogan is brought on in place of Arda Turan.
This game is going out with a whimper. Turkey have been dominant from start to finish and deserve to lead. Having said that, the Northern Ireland defence have defended valiantly to keep the scores at just 1-0. A drab encounter.
Bilal Kisa leaves the field to be replaced by Olcay Sahan as Turkey make yet another substitution.
Bilal Kisa fires a shot at goal from 20 yards, but it barely tests Alan Mannus in the Northern Ireland goal.
Burak Yilmaz is flagged offside. The striker has been desperate to get his name on the scoresheet since joining the action, but has so far struggled to get the better of both the Northern Ireland back four, and goalkeeper Alan Mannus.
Steven Davis has a shot at goal from 20 yards out for Northern Ireland, but his strike hits a team mate, allowing it to rebound to Semih Kaya, who clears with ease.
Turkey substitution this time as Gokhan Tore comes on in place of goalscorer Mevlut Erdinc. Don't you just love international friendlies.
Double substitution for Northern Ireland as Billy McKay joins the action replacing Sammy Clingan while Ryan McGivern comes on for Danny Lafferty.
Alan Mannus denies Mevlut Erdinc yet again, keeping out the forward's left-footed strike from close range, tipping the ball wide for a corner. Arda Turan takes the set piece but it comes to nothing.
Turkey make another substitution with Gokhan Gonul being withdrawn this time, as Tarik Camdal comes on in his place.
Burak Yilmaz sees a close range headed effort saved by Alan Mannus. The St. Johnstone goalkeeper has done well since being introduced to the action at half-time.
Jonny Steele replaces Niall McGinn as the New York Red Bulls midfielder comes on to make his international debut for Northern Ireland. Meanwhile Turkey hand out a debut cap of their own, bringing on Salih Ucanin place of Adem Buyuk.
Northern Ireland are continuing to struggle in attack, wasting the rare possession in the final third that they do get. It's hard to see them scoring an equaliser if they carry on playing like this, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.
Turkey unlucky not to double their lead as Mevlut Erdinc hits the post with a cheeky flick from six-yards out, after meeting Caner Erkin's low cross at the near post.
Oliver Norwood has Northern Ireland's first shot on target off the game, firing in a stinging drive from the edge of the area after combining well with Lee Hodson, but his effort is straight at the Turkish keeper.
Chris Baird clears the ball following another chance for Turkey, as Mevlut Erdinc strikes a shot at goal, after being picked out by Bilal Kisa.
Free-kick to Turkey. Gokhan Gonul delivers the ball in, but Alan Mannus is on hand to claim the ball. Turkey remain the side on top.
We are back underway in Turkey. Each side made one change at the interval as Alan Mannus comes on for Roy Carroll in the Northern Ireland goal, while Burak Yilmaz replaces Oguzhan Ozyakup.
Half-time and Turkey deservedly lead thanks to Mevlut Erdinc's late strike. Northern Ireland have defended well but offered very little in attack. Will they be able to get anything out of this match? Stay tuned to find out?
45' + 1'
AssistErsan Adem Gülüm
45' + 1'
GOAL! Turkey lead thanks to Mevlut Erdinc with virtually the last kick of the half. Managing to beat the Northern Ireland offside trap, Erdinc runs onto Ersan Gulum's chipped through ball, clipping it past Roy Carroll into the empty net. A deserved lead for Faith Terim's side.
Corner to Turkey on the left-hand side. Turan curls the ball in but it is another poor delivery and Northern Ireland manage to clear at the far post thanks to Jonny Evans.
Daniel Lafferty tries to fire a shot at goal from outwide on the left, but his effort is blocked. He lashes out a foot at the loose ball, but again the Turkish defence get in the way and clear the ball upfield.
Yellow CardOliver Norwood
Oliver Norwood picks up the first caution of the night as he slides in late on Bilal Kisa just outside the Turkey penalty area.
Another corner for Northern Ireland, again taken by Oliver Norwood, but again he fails to pick out a teammate as Tolga Zengin comes out of the goal to claim the ball.
Corner to Northern Ireland on the left-hand side, taken by Oliver Norwood. Oguzhan Ozyakup leaps highest however, and manages to make the clearance.
Northern Ireland on the attack again as Lee Hodson whips a ball into the Turkey penalty area, but none of his teammates are able to get on the end of it as Gokhan Gonul clears the ball upfield.
Half an hour in and Northern Ireland have registered their first shot at goal, following a rare spell of possession in the final third. It is Oliver Norewood who has the strike from 20 yards, but he fails to hit the target.
Another chance for Turkey as Caner Erkin's cross picks out Mevlut Erdinc, who manages a header at goal, but Aaron Hughes is on hand to clear the ball away.
Northern Ireland continue to sit back but are still managing to keep out Turkey. How long that remains the case is still to be seen.
Turkey are still dominating possession but are struggling to find a way through the Northern Irish defence. Clearly frustrated, Ozyakup drills an effort at goal from range, but it clears the crossbar, much to the relief of goalkeeper Roy Carroll.
Turkey are continuing to look dangerous and even have the ball in the net through Adem Buyuk, but the linesman’s flag is up for a very close offside call. Northern Ireland’s frontmen have seen very little of the ball so far, and are looking increasingly isolated up there, but Jonny Evans and co are holding on their own at the back to keep the scores goalless.
Another good move for Turkey forces Jonny Evans to clear his lines when under pressure in his own penalty area, following clever play from Arda Turan.
Northern Ireland are sitting deep in this encounter so far. Turkey are the team on top, as Gülüm comes close for the home side following a short corner. His header drifts harmlessly wide of Roy Carroll's far post however, and it's a goal kick to Northern Ireland.
Corner to Northern Ireland now but it comes to nothing, as Lee Hodson is penalised for a foul in the Turk's penalty area.
A brilliant start for Turkey and they are unlucky not to be ahead. Northern Ireland have Oliver Norwood to thank for not falling behind with the defender twice clearing the ball off his own goal-line following a Turkey corner.
Turkey have had the first shot on goal in this encounter but Roy Carroll got down well to keep out Bilal Kisa's effort from the edge of the penalty area.
And we are underway in this international friendly, where the main talking point is that potential Northern Ireland debutant Johnny Steele starts on the substitute bench.
Turkey starting XI: Zengin, Gönül, Erkin, Ozyakup Kaya, Gülüm, Erding, Topal, Büyük, Kisa, Turan. Subs: Demir, Aziz, Ciftçi, Dogan, Camdal, Karabulut, Ucan, Altinay, Töre, Yilmaz, Kirintili, Kara, Sahan, Sararer, Bulut, Ayvaz.
Northern Ireland starting XI: Carroll, Baird, Lafferty, Norwood, Hodso, Evans, Clingan, Hughes, Paterson, Davis, McGinn. Subs: McArdle, Grigg, Steele, Mannus, McGivern, McKay, McPake.
Team news is in and is as follows...
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage from tonight's international friendly between Turkey and Northern Ireland. I'm Theo Squires and I'll be guiding you through all the action from the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium, as Irish manager Michael O'Neil looks to celebrate extending his contract with the Boys in Green with a win.
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