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Turkey 3-2 Czech R & Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
Basel/Geneva, 15 June 2008
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Turkey and Czech Republic fans arrive in Geneva

Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic: Fans of both sides arrive in Geneva for the match that will decide who takes second place in Group A

Koller rises for a header

Giant striker Jan Koller makes life difficult for Turkey's defence in the first 15 minutes as the Czech Republic make the better start

Topal clears for Turkey

Mehmet Topal (right) clears from Jaroslav Plasil but picks up a yellow card soon after for a foul on Jan Polak

Tuncay prepares to shoot

Tuncay looks to give Turkey the lead but his speculative drive from 30 yards goes wide of Petr Cech's goal

Volkan is beaten by Koller's header

The Czechs continue to look more threatening and open the scoring in the 34th minute when Koller heads home Zdenek Grygera's cross

Koller celebrates the opening goal

The strike is the forward's 55th goal at international level and sees Karel Bruckner's side to a 1-0 half-time lead

Plasil makes it 2-0

Turkey enjoy a period of dominance after the break but see the Czechs score again when Libor Sionko's cross is turned in by Plasil

Arda Turan makes it 2-1

With the rain now falling quite heavily, Fatih Terim's side find themselves back in it when Arda Turan squeezes a shot past Cech

Nihat equalises for Turkey

Bruckner's team are made to pay for wasting chances when Cech fumbles a cross and Nihat taps home with three minutes to go

Turkey celebrate their third goal

Penalties look likely until Nihat scores again two minutes later with a stunning finish to put Turkey in front for the first time

Volkan gets sent off

The match takes a final twist in injury time when goalkeeper Volkan Demirel is sent off for pushing Koller but Turkey hold on to win

Fans of both sides prepare for the match

Switzerland 2-0 Portugal: In Basel, supporters of the hosts enjoy a drink with their Portuguese rivals knowing their side are already out

Ronaldo starts on the bench

With little to play for, Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari leaves Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench as he makes eight changes

Miguel and Vonlanthen in action in Basel

Johan Vonlanthen looks to rob Miguel of the ball as Switzerland try to exert some early pressure at St Jakob Park

Postiga heads over

Kobi Kuhn's side have most of the possession in the opening period but Helder Postiga still goes close for their opponents with a header

Switzerland's Gokhan Inler

An opportunity falls to Switzerland's Gokhan Inler who tests Ricardo with a 25-yard screamer which he has to fingertip over the bar

Ferreira fouls Behrami

Paulo Ferreira clatters into Valon Behrami with a nasty tackle that earns him a booking and sees him substituted before the interval

Quaresma looks for the opening goal in Basel

After the break, Ricardo Quaresma tests Switzerland's defence and nearly scores with a 20-yard effort but Pascal Zuberbuehler saves

Yakin celebrates

However, it is the co-hosts who are celebrating in the 71st minute when Hakan Yakin smashes home from Eren Derdiyok's cross

Yakin scores Switzerland's second goal

Tranquillo Barnetta then wins a penalty with seven minutes to go which Yakin scores to wrap-up a 2-0 win for Switzerland




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