German Bundesliga, English Premier League, Olympique Lyon and Panathinakos most represented entities at EURO 2008
That date gave us the statistics that Olympique Lyon and Panathinaikos provide the most players in those squads. Both clubs are represented by 10 players, one more than Bayern München. The Bundesliga is the league where most of the Euro 2008 players played last season.
The English Premier League will be the second most represented with 42 players, slightly ahead of Spain’s Primera División (41).
Clubs with most players at Euro 2008
10: Olympique Lyon
9: Bayern München
8: FC Barcelona
8: Real Madrid
8: Werder Bremen
6: Hamburger SV
6: Steaua Bucuresti
6: VfB Stuttgart
6: Zenit St. Petersburg
Leagues with most players in Euro 2008 squads
56: Bundesliga, Germany
42: Premier League, England
41: Primera División, Spain
36: Serie A, Italy
29: Russian Football Premier League, Russia
24: Ligue 1, France
22: Super League, Greece
17: 1. Lig, Turkey
16: Bundesliga, Austria
13: Liga, Portugal
13: Liga I, Romania
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First of all, the EURO 2008 Co-hosts defeats Liechtenstein 3-0 without any troubles. The second point is that the Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Frei scored twice (23rd and 31st minute); so the striker claimed his 35th international goals, improving on Kubilay Turkyilmaz, who scored 34 goals from 1988 until 2001. The third goal arrived thanks to 22 year-old Johan Vonlanthen Benavidez.
In the other hand, sparring Liechtenstein is not in his best moment. They are 130th in the FIFA ranking and on March they had lost against Malta with an historical 7-1!
Switzerland EURO 2008 squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Eldin Jakupovic(Grasshopper), Pascal Zuberbühler (Neuchatel Xamax).
Defenders: Valon Behrami (Lazio), Philipp Degen (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Arsenal), Stéphane Grichting (Auxerre), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Lille), Ludovic Magnin (Stuttgart), Patrick Müller (Lyon), Philippe Senderos (Arsenal), Christoph Spycher (Eintracht Frankfurt), Steve von Bergen (Hertha Berlin).
Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen), Ricardo Cabanas (Grasshopper), Gelson Fernandes (Manchester City), Daniel Gygax (FC Metz), Benjamin Huggel (Basel), Gökhan Inler (Udinese), Hakan Yakin (Young Boys), Johan Vonlanthen (Red Bull Salzburg).
Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Basel), Alexander Frei (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Streller (Basel).
Rene Aufhauser, Roland Linz (twice), Ivica Vastic and Martin Harnik scored for the squad coached by Josef Hickersberger, while Coventry City’s Michael Mifsud made Malta's only goal.
In order to know the dimension of this Austrian triumph, let’s know Malta: the first 45 games played by the Malta National Team from 1900, they won only 5 (Libya twice, Greece and Tunisia (twice). Its maximum star, in the 1970´s, was Joe Xuereb, nicknamed Diego Maradona at that time.
Today, according to FIFA, this team is ranked 135th behind selections like Kenya, Mauritania, Fiji and Kyrgyzstan. Almost players are totally amateurs and have a work activity every day. Only Justin Haber (Haidari), Nigerian Udochukwu Nwoko (Leixoes), Michael Mifsud and Andre Schembri (Eintracht Braunschweig) are professionals.
Austria hadn’t won ever since October 17th, against Cote D’Ivore.
Austria: Manninger, Garics, Stranzl (Prodl 84), Pogatetz (Hiden 84), Gercaliu (Katzer 76), Ivanschitz, Aufhauser (Saumel 76), Leitgeb, Korkmaz (Harnik 46), Linz, Hoffer (Vastic 58).
Malta: Hogg (Haber 46), Caruana (Frendo 46), Said, Dimech, S.Bajada, Briffa, Pace (Mallia 86), M. Mifsud (Barbara 64), Agius, Nwoko (Fenech 46), Schembri (Azzopardi 72).
The Austrian squad for the EURO 2008 is:
Goalkeepers: Alexander Manninger (AC Siena), Juergen Macho (AEK Athens), Ramazan Ozcan (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Defenders: Gyorgy Garics (Napoli), Ronald Gercaliu (Austria Vienna), Martin Hiden (Kaernten), Markus Katzer (Rapid Vienna), Juergen Patocka (Rapid Vienna), Emmanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Sebastian Proedl (Sturm Graz), Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow)
Midfielders: Rene Aufhauser (Salzburg), Christian Fuchs (Mattersburg), Andreas Ivanschitz (Panathinaikos), Umit Korkmaz (Rapid Vienna), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Juergen Saeumel (Sturm Graz), Joachim Standfest (Austria Vienna), Ivica Vastic (Linz)
Forwards: Erwin Hoffer (Rapid Vienna), Roman Kienast (Ham-Kam), Roland Linz (Braga), Martin Harnik (Werder Bremen)
In Scotland squad, we stands out that David Clarkson made his international debut with a goal. Motherwell forward made a goal that transitorily situated the match 2-1 (85th minute).
For Czech Republic, this match also was the last game before disputing EURO 2008. The Czech team, Switzerland, Portugal and Turkey will be part of the Group A.
Czech Republic: Petr Cech; Zdenek Pospech (Tomas Sivok, 74), Tomas Ujfalusi (David Rozehnal, 46), Radoslav Kovac, Marek Jankulovski (Michal Kadlec, 46), Libor Sionko, Jan Polak, Marek Matejovsky (David Jarolim, 46), Tomas Galasek, Rudolf Skacel (Jaroslav Plasil, 46), Jan Koller (Vaclav Sverkos, 46).
Scotland: Craig Gordon; Kevin McNaughton (Christophe Berra, 90), Gary Naysmith, Stephen McManus (Christian Dailly, 57), Gary Caldwell, Paul Hartley, Darren Fletcher, Gavin Rae (David Clarkson, 71), Barry Robson (Ross McCormack, 82), James Morrison (Shaun Maloney, 68), Kenny Miller.
The World Champion beat Belgium 3-1. Italian made goals via Antonio Di Natale (twice: 9th and 41st minute) and Mauro Camoranesi (49th minute). Wesley Sonck from Brugge discounted at 90th for Belgium.
It was an interesting match for the Italian Team in his last test before the EURO 2008. In the previous match they had lost against Spain.
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Panucci (Fabio Grosso, 46), Fabio Cannavaro (Giorgio Chiellini, 46), Andrea Barzagli, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Alberto Aquilani (Massimo Ambrosini, 75), Mauro Camoranesi (Antonio Cassano, 60), Luca Toni (Marco Borriello, 75), Antonio Di Natale (Alessandro Del Piero, 46).
Belgium: Stijn Stijnen, Carl Hoefkens, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Sebastien Pocognoli, Axel Witsel, Gaby Mudingayi, Timmy Simons, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele.
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Middlesbrough midfielder Tuncay Sanli opened the match score in the 15th minute and Fenerbahce’s Semih Senturk closed it in the 43th minute during the second half.
I couldn’t watch the match on TV so I can’t tell you so much. If you watched it, please let me know if Turkey could, for example, reach the EURO 2008 quarterfinals.
Turkey: Volkan, Servet, Hakan Balta, Gokhan, Emre Belozoglu (Gokdeniz 89), Mehmet Aurelio (Mehmet Topal 88), Nihat (Semih 82), Tuncay (Arda 67), Hamit (Ayhan 79), Sabri, Mevlut (Kazım 75).
Finland: Enckleman (Frederikson 46), Nyman, Kallio (Moisander 82), Pasoja (Lampi 53), Kuivasto, Vayrynen, Eremenko Jr (Litmanen 61), Heikkinen (Johansson 61), Forssell (Sadik 79), Eremenko, Kolkka.
Terim decided to exclude Yıldıray Baştürk, Halil Altıntop and İbrahim Kaş from the original list.
As part of the EURO 2008 preparation, Van Nistelrooy scored in the 29th minute. In the second half the Sevilla FC forward, Christian Bager Poulsen. Poulsen was named 2005 and 2006 Danish Football Player of the Year. But last two seasons he wasn’t the same one in the Spanish Liga.
Dutch players found a Danish team who never felt beaten. Now, Netherlands have reached four matches without defeats, after have won the last three friendly matches.
Netherlands: Edwin Van der Sar, Andre Ooijer (Nigel De Jong 46), John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Rafael Van der Vaart (Dirk Kuyt 65), Demy De Zeeuw, Wesley Sneijder (Ibrahim Afellay 82), Orlando Engelaar (Tim De Cler 65), Arjen Robben (Ryan Babel 77), Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 65).
Denmark: Jesper Christiansen, William Kvist Jorgensen (Rasmussen 82), Leon Andreasen (Anders Moller Christensen 77), Per Kroldrup, Lars Jacobsen, Thomas Kahlenberg (Jon Dahl Tomasson 46), Christian Poulsen, Martin Jorgensen (Martin Retov 63), Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner, Kenneth Perez (Martin Vingaard 77).
Also, here we have Netherlands squad -without Khalid Boulahrouz- confirmed by Marco van Basten:
Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United FC), Maarten Stekelenburg (AFC Ajax), Henk Timmer (Feyenoord).
Defenders: Wilfred Bouma (Aston Villa FC), Tim de Cler (Feyenoord), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Johnny Heitinga (AFC Ajax), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburger SV), Mario Melchiot (Wigan Athletic FC), André Ooijer (Blackburn Rovers FC).
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Orlando Engelaar (FC Twente), Nigel de Jong (Hamburger SV), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid CF), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburger SV), Demy de Zeeuw (AZ Alkmaar).
Forwards: Ryan Babel (Liverpool FC), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AFC Ajax), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool FC), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid CF), Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC), Arjen Robben (Real Madrid CF), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic FC).
Djibril Cissé, Mathieu Flamini and Philippe Mexes are between the excluded players from France squad
Gomis production allows him to take part of this list, so the forwards Djibril Cissé of Olympique Marseille and Hatem Ben Arfa (Olympique Lyonnais) won’t play the Euro 2008.
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini and Roma’s Philippe Mexes are the other main cuts. Also are out Mickael Landreau (Paris Saint-Germain), Julien Escude (FC Sevilla) and Alou Diarra (FCG Bordeaux).
Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon)
Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Samir Nasri (Marseille)
Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Bafetimbi Gomis (Saint Etienne).
Last week Roberto Donadoni had named 24 players to be part of the provisional list for the EURO 2008. Today he gave the decision to cut a single player because only 23 of them could play in Switzerland – Austria European Championship.
The one was Riccardo Montolivo. ACF Florentina’s midfielder is enjoying his best season: he was part of the team that arrived to the UEFA Cup semifinal and was fourth in the Serie A 2007-2008 reaching a spot for the next Champions League. In the other hand, he is starting the experience with the Azzurri team that he represented only once.
By the way, he is only 23 years old and it is almost certainly that he will play the Olympics Games in Beijing on July and he will have more opportunities in the Road to South Africa 2010.
Euro 2008 Italy Squad:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla)
Defenders: Cristian Panucci (Roma), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Midfielders: Rino Gattuso (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Massimo Ambrosini (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Alberto Aquilani (Roma), Mauro German Camoranesi (Juventus)
Forwards: Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Marco Borriello (Genoa), Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)
Zenit forward, Pavel Pogrebnyak, opened the score in the 12th minute. But Marko Pantelic drew 5 minutes before the halftime. Spartak Moscow’s Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 3th minute of the second half, gave Russia victory 2-1
Outstanding is Pogrebnyak performance that in 3 months has scored 7 goals at international level, including Zenit matches in the UEFA Cup and the last friendly games with Russian Team.
Due to an knee injury Pogrebnyak had to quit the field. Football lovers are praising for his appearance in the EURO 2008.
Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov (V. Berezutski 46), Kolodin, Shirokov, Zhirkov (Yanbaev 80), Semak, Zyrianov, Semshov (Saenko 83), Bilyaletdinov (Torbinskiy 71), Sychev (Bystrov 67), Pogrebnyak (Pavlyuchenko 16).
Serbia: Dišljenković, Ninkov (Rukovina 71), Rajković, Vidić (Ivanović 46), Kolarov, N. Kovačević , Kačar (Kuzmanović 59), Milovanović (Ilić 76), Tošić, Despotovic (Jankovic 46), Pantelic (Žigić 46).
Also, Guus Hiddink confirmed the definitive squad for the EURO 2008. The coach excluded midfielders Samara’s Oleg Ivanov and Alexander Pavlenko of Spartak. The next test of Russia will be against Lithuania.
EURO 2008 Russia Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Perm), Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Zenit St Petersburg).
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsy (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezursky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Denis Kolodin (Dynamo Moscow), Renat Yanbayev (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Dmitry Torbinsky (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov (Spartak Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg), Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Sergei Semak (Kazan).
Forwards: Roman Adamov (FC Moscow), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Zenit St Petersburg), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Dmitry Sychev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Ivan Saenko (Nuremberg).
Poland coach Leo Bennhacker tested vs. Albania (76th in FIFA Ranking) the habitual team contrasting the match played against Macedonia the night before.
Poland: Lukasz Fabianski, Marcin Wasilewski, Jacek Bak, Michal Zewlakow (Adam Kokoszka, 9), Jakub Wawrzyniak, Wojciech Lobodzinski (Marek Saganowski, 81), Dariusz Dudka (Michal Pazdan, 81), Mariusz Lewandowski, Jacek Krzynowek (Rafal Murawski, 81), Roger Guerreiro (Euzebiusz Smolarek, 46), Maciej Zurawski (Tomasz Zahorski, 61).
Albania: Isli Hidi, Andi Lila (Endrit Vrapi, 46), Armend Dallku, Debatik Curri, Kristi Vangjeli, Klodian Duro (Edmond Kapllani, 46), Ervin Skela, Altin Lala (Ervin Bulku, 71), Lorik Cana, Hamdi Salihi (Dorian Bylykbashi, 80), Erijon Bogdani (Jahmir Hyka, 46).
It was the first match of Juergen Macho with Austria National Team after an injury suffered last November. Austria will play against Malta next Friday wanting, at least, Austria played last five matches without victories. The last joy was against Cote d’Ivore on October. This isn’t the best way to arrive to the EURO 2008 as a host country.
Austria: Juergen Macho, Emanuel Pogatetz, Martin Stranzl, Sebastian Proedl, Christian Fuchs (Umit Korkmaz, 61), Andreas Ivanschitz (Ivica Vastic, 69), Rene Aufhauser, Juergen Saumel, Joachim Standfest, Roland Linz (Christoph Leitgeb, 81), Roman Kienast (Erwin Hoffer, 46).
Nigeria: Dele Aiyenugba, Taye Taiwo, Obinna Nwaneri, Yusuf Mohamed, Joseph Yobo, Victor Anichebe (Peter Odemwingie, 46), John Obi Mikel, Kalu Uche (Lukman Haruna, 79), Ikechukwu Uche, Aiyegbenji Yakubu (John Utaka, 76), Nwankwo Kanu (Kayode Odejayi, 84).
The French victory arrived thanks to two amazing goals from Bafetimbi Gomis responding Raymond Domenech expectations. The first goal was a shot from outside of the penalty area, and the second one was made by a volley shot hit without letting bounce after a delicious pass from Nicolas Anelka. This match was the first one of Gomis representing the French squad.
Mistakes in the Ecuadorian defense and good technique in French feet was the key of this deserved victory. Watch France Team in the midfield line it is a really good taste. Samir Nasri, Gomis and Anelka excelled on the rest of the players.
I think that it was the squad that showed best football during this week of friendly matches. One step closer I picked Czech Republic performance.
For my part, I feel very happy because I was able to watch almost both matches.
Czech Republic showed superiority in almost all the game, even though when the match already was 2-0. Despite Tomas Rosicky absense for the whole EURO 2008, tonight it might win by more goals.
Koller is 35 years old and scored 54 goals in 86 matches representing the National Team. His average shows 0,62 goals per game! Disappointingly he already announced that the EURO 2008 will be their last championship with this t-shirt.
Czech Republic: Petr Cech; Zdenek Grygera, Tomas Ujfalusi (Radoslav Kovac, 74), David Rozehnal, Marek Jankulovski (Michal Kadlec, 64), Jan Polak (Tomas Galasek, 46), David Jarolim (Marek Matejovsky, 83), Jaroslav Plasil (Rudolf Skacel, 79), Stanislav Vlcek, Milan Baros (Vaclav Sverkos, 46), Jan Koller.
Lithuania: Zydrunas Karcemarskas; Deividas Semberas (Tomas Zvirgzdauskas, 59), Ignas Dedura, Vidas Alunderis, Andrius Skerla, Aurimas Kucys (Audrius Ksanavicius, 46), Tomas Danilevicius, Arunas Klimavicius, Deividas Cesnauskis (Edgaras Jankauskas, 74), Marius Stankevicius (Andrius Joksas, 69), Robertas Poskus (Tadas Papeckys, 60).
We had the opportunity to watch the match but in a few hours maybe we will have another point of view in Czech Football Daily.
In 20 minutes Germany was winning 2-0, due to an attractive goal made by Miroslav Klose (10 minutes) and a Vladimir Korytko auto goal after an Odonkor possession.
In spite of Michael Ballack presence, two goals from Vitali Bulyga in the second half on 16th and 43th minute gave the tie to Belarus (60th in FIFA Ranking). Coached by German Bernd Stange they have been defeated Netherlands last November.
Bulyga, the player of the match, is playing in FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok in the Russian League. The main stars from Germany couldn’t avoid his performance.
Germany: Jens Lehmann; Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Christoph Metzelder, Thomas Hitzlsperger, David Odonkor (Clemens Fritz, 77), Torsten Frings (Piotr Trochowski, 67), Michael Ballack (Jermaine Jones, 45), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Marko Marin, 45), Miroslav Klose (Patrick Helmes, 54), Lukas Podolski (Oliver Neuville, 54).
Belarus: Vasily Khomutovsky; Vladimir Korytko, Egor Filipenko, Dmitri Lentsevich, Sergei Omeljanchuk, Alexandre Hleb, Aliaksandr Kulchy, Anton Putsilo (Alexander Pavlov, 73), Maksim Romashenko (Pavel Sitko, 45), Viachaslau Hleb (Vitali Radzionau, 54), Vitaly Bulyga (Sergei Plaskonny, 89).
Macedonia FYR, all known as The Red Lions or The Red-Yellows, is 56th in FIFA ranking but they have defeated Croatia last year during EURO 2008 qualifying. In 2006 they drew in Manchester against England, two points that the British suffered when they were out of the main important tournament in the continent.
The new star, seventeen year-old Dragan Georgiev, pretended by Manchester City, wasn’t part of Macedonian Team.
Tomorrow the Polish players will have another opportunity to convince the coach Leo Beenhakker. They will play another match against Albania in Reutlingen and then will take on Denmark next sunday, before leaving for Euro 2008, where they will play Germany, co-host Austria and Croatia in Group B.
Poland: Tomasz Kuszczak, Pawel Golanski, Adam Kokoszka, Mariusz Jop, Grzegorz Bronowicki (Jakub Wawrzyniak, 46), Radoslaw Majewski (Marek Saganowski, 59), Rafal Murawski, Mariusz Lewandowski (Dariusz Dudka, 46), Tomasz Zahorski, Lukasz Gargula (Michal Pazdan, 87), Radoslaw Matusiak.
Macedonia: Petar Milosevski, Goce Sedloski, Igor Mitreski, Vlade Lazarevski (Aleksandar Vasoski, 46), Goran Popov (Robert Petrov, 61), Nikolce Noveski (Slavco Georgievski, 46), Vlatko Grozdanovski, Darko Tasevski (Artim Polozani, 46), Vanco Trajanov (Stevica Ristic, 69) Goran Maznov (Ilco Naumoski, 46), Goran Pandev (Aco Stojkov, 61).
Tobias Jan Hakan Linderoth, central midfielder inGalatasaray, scored his goal number six with the Swedish t-shirt. 21.000 people in the Ullevi stadium watched Henrik Larsson return who had several occasions to score in the second half.
Sweden coach Lars Lagerback rested some of his top players — Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Markus Rosenberg and Fredrik Ljungberg — who are recovering from injuries.
The last Scandinavians match before EURO 2008 will be next Sunday against Ukraine in Solna.
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Fredrik Stoor, Olof Mellberg (Andreas Granqvist, 73), Daniel Majstorovic, Mikael Nilsson (Mikael Dorsin, 78), Sebastian Larsson (Niclas Alexandersson, 78), Tobias Linderoth (Anders Svensson, 46), Daniel Andersson, Christian Wilhemsson, Kennedy Bakircioglu (Johan Elmander, 46), Marcus Allback (Henrik Larsson, 46).
Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Ilic Branko, Mitja Morec, Marko Suler, Bojan Jokic (Luka Elswer, 88), Miso Brecko (Zoran Zeljkovic, 82), Anton Zlogar, Dalibor Stevanovic (Darijan Matic, 60), Andraz Kirm, Mirnes Sisic (Miran Burgic, 71), Milivoje Novakovic (Zlatan Ljubljankic, 82).
Arda Turan opened the match for Turkey at moments at which Kazim Kazim played in great way. But Luis Suarez tied for Uruguay after turning goal a penalty that we couldn’t watch infraction. Minutes before, the referee Florian Meyer hadn’t sanctioned an infraction in the Turkish area.
The second half began with a free kick that Villarreal’s Nihat Kahveci turned goal. But the entrance of “Onion” Cristian Rodriguez gave greater dizziness to the Uruguayan forwards. As a result the tie arrived from Luis Suárez, after a great play of Sebastian Fernandez.
Finally, another penalty kick in the Turkish area allowed that Benfica’s Cristian Rodriguez closes account 3-2 for the National Team coached by Oscar Tabarez .
Turkey: Volkan, Hakan Balta, Gökhan (Mevlüt 87), Emre Belözoğlu (Halil 65), Mehmet Topal, Nihat, Yıldıray (Tuncay 65), Arda (Tümer 60), Emre Aşık, Hamit (Sabri 46), Kazım (Ayhan 46).
Uruguay: Carini, Alcoba, Godín, Gargano, Caceres, Eguren, Suárez, Cavani, (Fernández 46), Pereira (Silva 68), Giménez (Rodríguez 56), González (Flores 75).