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John Murray reports for the BBC
"Turkey enjoyed the finest hour for their national team"
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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK
Turks through as Belgium crash out
Turkey celebrate
Turkey celebrate as they progress to the quarter-finals
Belgium 0-2 Turkey
(Brussels - Att: 48,000)

It was a tale of two goalkeepers in Brussels as co-hosts Belgium crashed out on a night of high drama.

Two goals from Hakan Sukur put Turkey into the quarter-finals for the first time in their history - but it was a dreadful error by Belgium's keeper Filip De Wilde which sent them on their way.

Between the posts the other end, Rustu Recber had the game of his life, thereby ensuring that the hosts went out in the first round for the first time in the history of the tournament.

Verhehen's volley flies wide
De Wilde's night of misery was capped in the 83rd minute when he was red-carded for clattering outside his box.

But by then his team were a spent force, Sukur having slid in his second minutes earlier.

Midway through the second half, it had all looked so different.


With Turkey sitting back on a narrow one-goal lead, Belgium came at them in waves, knowing that they needed only a draw to progress.

But Recber threw himself at everything, got a fist to almost every cross and watched the shots he missed go everywhere but the back of his net.

Turkey's first goal, when it came, was in marked contrast to the passing football that had gone before.

De Wilde could spend the rest of his days wondering how Sukur was able to out-jump him and glance home an up-an-under that would have been considered excessive even under Watford's long-ball era of the 1980s.


Four years to the day that Turkey crashed out of Euro 96, it was their opponents who started the brighter.

Emile Mpenza twice mis-hit when in promising positions before Nilis broke down the right and forced a save from Rustu.

With Wilmots driving from midfield and forwards Nilis and Mpenza linking well, Belgium dominated the opening exchanges.

With 20 minutes gone, the co-hosts thought they had gone ahead when Mpenza put away a rebound off the keeper's chest, but the assistant referee's flag was up.


But although Nilis whistled a shot past the post on the half hour, Turkey had the three best chances of the half.

First Sukur, clean through, shot against De Wilde's legs.

Then Okan, set up perfectly by his strike partner, showed all the poise of a drunken tightrope-walker and swiped horribly wide.

And Arif was a fraction away from the goal of the tournament when De Wilde blocked his shot at the end of a slaloming run.

Belgium: De Wilde, Deflandre, Staelens, Valgaeren, Van Kerckhoven, Verheyen (Strupar 63), Vanderhaege, Goor (Hendrikx 59), Wilmots, Nilis (De Bilde 77), E. Mpenza.

Turkey: Recber, Temizkanoglu, Ozalan, Akyel, Buruk, Kaya, Tugay (Havutcu 37), Korkut, Ercan, Sukur, Erdem (Ozkoylu 86), Penbe (Buruk 77).

Referee: K Nielsen (Denmark).

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