Turkey slip to 3-2 defeat against Uruguay

May 26th, 2008 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin  

Bochum (Germany), May 26 (DPA) Turkey slid to a 3-2 defeat to Uruguay at friendly international here, ahead of next month’s European Championships. Turkey welcomed back midfielder Hamit Altintop, who has recovered from a foot fracture, and the Bayern midfielder set up the first goal in the 13th minute with a cross, which Arda Turan headed home.

Luis Suarez equalised for the South Americans in the 31st minute before Nihat Kahveci put Turkey back in front six minutes after half-time.

However Suarez notched his second with a penalty in the 78th minute and Cristian Rodriguez converted another spot kick five minutes from time.

Turkey, who are in Germany training for the June 7-29 tournament in Austria and Switzerland, Tuesday defeated Slovakia 1-0 in Bielefeld.

A third and last preparatory match follows Thursday against Finland in Duisburg.

Turkey defender Gokhan Gonul has meanwhile been ruled out of Euro 2008 because of a foot injury.

Turkey coach Fatih Terim called 27 players into the training camp and will trim it to 23 by Wednesday’s deadline for squad nominations.

Turkey are in Group A with Portugal, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

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