Turkey back in the winning groove
Turkey 2-0 Finland
Fatih Terim's side bounced back from their loss to Uruguay on Sunday by comfortably overcoming Finland in Duisburg.
Goals in either half from Tuncay Şanlı and Semih Şentürk were decisive, as coach Terim handed a start to fit-again Galatasaray AS defender Servet Çetin and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard striker Mevlüt Erdinç. Turkey started the game with some enterprising football and were ahead in the 16th minute when Tuncay touched in Sabri Sarıoğlu's right-wing cross.
Finland responded with a spell of possession without ever threatening Volkan Demirel's goal, while after the break the profligacy of Stuart Baxter's side negated any hope of an equaliser. Both coaches then took the opportunity to give several members of the squad a run out, but the newcomers were unable to change the course of the match, as the game looked to be drifting towards a slender Turkish victory.
However, a minute from time, Semih who had only been on the field seven minutes converted a cross from Fenerbahçe SK team-mate Kazım Kazım. Turkey have no more friendlies scheduled before they play their first match of UEFA EURO 2008 against Portugal in Geneva on 7 June.
Turkey: Volkan, Servet, Hakan Balta, Gökhan, Emre Belözoğlu (Gökdeniz 89), Mehmet Aurélio (Mehmet Topal 88), Nihat (Semih 82), Tuncay (Arda 67), Hamit (Ayhan 79), Sabri, Mevlüt (Kazım 75).
Finland: Enckleman (Frederikson 46), Nyman, Kallio (Moisander 82), Pasoja (Lampi 53), Kuivasto, Väyrynen, Eremenko Jr (Litmanen 61), Heikkinen (Johansson 61), Forssell (Sadik 79), Eremenko, Kolkka.