Coverage from Friday June 20th, 2008
Well nothing gets you more excited than seeing a team win in a shootout. It would only be better if that was your team winning. Anyways, Turkey beat Croatia in classic fashion. Even though Croatia was in control for most of the game they could not score in regular time. They went into extra time and Croatia scored with a huge header in the 119th minute. Turkey wasn't going to let that go. Turkey played the ball back, kicked the ball to the other end giving the Turkish forward a chance to score and with a diving kick he hits it into the upper left corner of the net tying the game in stoppage time.
It then went into a shootout. Croatia missed, Turkey scored, Croatia missed again, Turkey scored again, Croatia scored for the first time, Turkey scored for a third time. It all came down to this Croatia had to hit this shot to survive. He shoots and the goalie makes a fantastic save getting Turkey into the Semis against Germany!
What a game! I watched the entire game yesterday and it seemed like Croatia had the game all for them. As we all know the game isn't over till the final whistle. Turkey proved to be a good opponent against Croatia by putting them into extra time. Turkey's great goal and shooting gave them a big victory. Although after seeing this game, I am willing to say Germany should move to the finals. I know that Turkey had a huge comeback but they did not play as good as they will need to to knock off Germany. They did not score till stoppage time in the second extra time!
I will not make any score predictions for the Germany v. Turkey game, but I will say that I will be rooting for my roots. Deutschland Fur!
I plan on doing more post match coverage of the remaining games in the tournament so keep looking out for more blogs.