Comeback kingsJune 17th, 2008 - 12:13 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
It was the second time Turkey had come from behind in the tournament – and after 18 matches they are the only team to have done so. Statistics can tell us a lot about the development of a football match, but sheer guts and endeavour are difficult to quantify, as is a team’s never-say-die spirit. Nevertheless, while the Czechs will bemoan their misfortune after letting slip a 2-0 lead, Turkey’s tally of five shots in the final 15 minutes - including three on target, and of course two goals – to none from the team in white proves which side finished the stronger. Just to heighten the late drama, Turkey ended the match with Tuncay Şanlı, a forward who had more shots on goal than any other player, taking over in goal following the dismissal of No1 Volkan Demirel – the second player red-carded at UEFA 2008.