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"A pathetic scoreless draw"
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Thursday, 15 June, 2000, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
Fans frustrated by bore draw
Kennet Andersson
Kennet Andersson's free kick tests the Turkish defence
Sweden 0-0 Turkey
(Eindhoven: Att 24,500)

Sweden and Turkey scrapped out the first goalless draw of Euro 2000 in a woeful Eindhoven encounter.

The result suited neither side, but Italy finished with a smile on their faces as the stalemate secured their place in the quarter finals.

Both sides were desperate for a win following defeats in their opening group matches, but both struggled to create openings in a stale first half.

Sweden recalled Celtic striker Henrik Larsson for the game, while Turkey gave a debut to Leicester striker Muzzy Izzet.

But it was Kennet Andersson who came closest to the opener inside three minutes as his long-range free kick was pushed away from the top left-hand corner by Turkish keeper Rustu Recber.

Rustu and Larsson
Rustu saves under pressure from Larsson

Andersson went close again on 29 minutes when he followed a neat exchange of passes with Larsson with a low drive that Rustu pushed away with his outstretched foot.

Arif had Turkey's best effort when his spectacular bicycle kick flew over the crossbar.

Five minutes before half-time, Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes, but appeared to have his leg clipped by Suat Kaya as he ran clear with just the keeper to beat.

The stalemate continued in the second half, with neither side able to open up tight defences, though Johan Mjallby's uncompromising methods for Sweden earned him a yellow card for persistent fouling.

Lucic and Suat
Lucic hits Suat with a crunching tackle

But, with both teams needing a victory to realistically keep their quarter final hopes alive, the game began to open up in the final 20 minutes.

Turkey, despite losing Izzet to a second half injury, at last began to up the pace.

A storming run from midfield by Izzet's replacement Sergen Yalcin ended in a stinging shot from the edge of the area. Magnus Hedman did well to block the shot, but the loose ball fell invitingly for Okan Buruk, only for the midfielder to loop a left-foot shot over the bar.

Five minutes from time, Turkish frustrations increased when Hakan Unsal broke down the left and whipped in a teasing cross that flew straight across the face of goal with no Turkish forward able to get a touch.

Fredrik Ljungberg
Ljungberg was Sweden's most dangerous attacking weapon

Two minutes later a foul on Ljungberg on the edge of the Turkish box gave substitute Jorgen Pettersen an ideal chance to show his dead-ball skills, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Turkey answered back once more and finally presented Hakan Sukur with his first chance of the game after 89 minutes of waiting, but the striker headed over from Arif Erdem's dangerous cross.

With so much at stake, it was little surprise that the chances were finally flowing from end to end and another clumsy tackle on Ljungberg, this time by Sergen, gave Sweden another free kick in a dangerous position.

This time, the ball was teed up for Sundgren, whose power drive was deflected clear by the Turkish defence.

The final whistle heralded a chorus of boos from the Eindhoven crowd, notably the unforgiving Turkish fans, who are still yet to see their side win a European Championship finals match.

Sweden: Hedman, Lucic, Mellberg, Bjorklund, Sundgren, Mild, Mjallby, Ljungberg, Alexandersson (A Andersson 63), K Andersson (Petterson 46), Larsson (Svensson 78).

Turkey: Recber, Temizkanoglu (Tugay 79), Ozalan, Akyel, Buruk, Kaya, Izzet (Yalcin 58), Unsal, Davala (Korkut 45), Erdem, Sukur.

Ref: D Jol (Holland)

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