Turkey 0-0 South Korea: Scoreless Stalemate In Trabzon

Turkey coach Guus Hiddink wasn't able to register a win over his old team...
Guus Hiddink's Turkey had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Dutchman's former side South Korea at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon.

The home side had Emre Belozoglu sent off in the second half for two silly fouls in two minutes but the visitors were not able to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

In what was an entertaining encounter, the Turks were clearly motivated for the match against the team they defeated in the third place play-off of World Cup 2002.

The first chance went to the hosts as Hamit Altintop played a wonderful pass to Umut Bulut who managed to get his head on the ball but could not divert it past Jung Sung-Ryong from six yards. This signified the early intent of Hiddink's men who came forward in wave after wave.

Altintop saw a long range effort fly just wide and Turkey also had the ball in the back of the net after only 13 minutes, but Serdar Kesimal was deemed to be offside.

It wasn't until the half hour mark until Korea stared to impose themselves on the match, making their way down both flanks a number of times, and forced Volkan Demirel into a couple of routine stops.

Just before half-time, Altintop almost scored an own goal, with the ball in his own penalty area he lashed the ball over the crossbar, much to the relief of his team-mates.

After the break Korea were much improved and took charge in the middle of the park and on the hour mark their cause was aided greatly by the dismissal of Emre, who picked up two yellow cards in the space of two minutes for retaliation on Korean midfielder Ja-Cheol Koo.

Not to be perturbed by the loss of Emre, Turkey had a couple of efforts from Altintop once more and Colin Kazim-Richards who both fired wide from inside the penalty area. Servet Cetin also had a chance when the ball fell to him in the six yard area from a corner, but he couldn't get a shot in and the ball was hooked away.

Kazim-Richards then forced another magnificent save from Sung-Ryong as the 'keeper palmed away a close range header after a terrific Gokhan Gonul cross. But the home side couldn't break the deadlock and it finished all square.

Turkey will be hoping to keep all eleven men on the field when they are next in action against Austria in the Euro 2012 Qualifiers at the end of March, meanwhile South Korea face Colombia in a friendly on the 25th of the same month.

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