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Monday, 24 June, 2002, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Alpay ready for sacrifice
Alpay (top) was booked in the game against Japan
Alpay (top) was booked in the game against Japan
Brazil v Turkey semi-final | Saitama
Wed Jun 26 2002 | 1230 BST
Live on BBC1 & Radio Five Live

Turkey defender Alpay Ozalan is prepared to sacrifice himself against Brazil if it helps his country to reach the World Cup final for the first time in their history.

The defender will miss the final in Yokohama on Sunday through suspension if he is booked in Wednesday's semi-final, having picked up a yellow card in the 1-0 second round win over Japan.

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Rivaldo's action was needless and we will make up for it accordingly in this match
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Alpay Ozalan

"If I have to get another yellow card to get us to the final I will not hesitate," said Alpay, who was one of two Turkey players sent off when Brazil won their group meeting 2-1 at the start of the tournament.

"But we are not thinking about yellow cards. All we are thinking about is getting to the final. We will show great spirit on the pitch."

The Group C game between the teams on 3 June ended in controversy, with Brazilian striker Rivaldo feigning injury after being struck by the ball and Hakan Unsal getting sent off.

"This action (by Rivaldo) was needless and we will make up for it accordingly in this match," Alpay said.

The incident in stoppage time came after Brazil had recovered from a goal down to win with a penalty conceded by Alpay, who was given a second yellow card for the challenge and sent off.

Alpay maintains the incident took place outside the penalty area and says he cannot wait for Wednesday's re-match against the four-times World Cup winners.

"This is a much more important game for me," Alpay said.

"Maybe the red card has had a significant effect on me because I am really ready for action against Brazil this time.

"I just can't wait for this game."

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Hakan Unsal is probably out - it will be a miracle if he plays
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Organ Tarhan

Turkey beat Senegal 1-0 in extra time on Saturday to reach the last four in only their second World Cup finals appearance.

But they look likely to have to manage again without left back Hakan Unsal, who is still struggling with a knee injury.

"Hakan (Unsal) is probably out. It will be a miracle if he plays," Turkish spokesman Ogan Tarhan said on Monday.

Coach Senol Gunes selected Ergun Penbe in place of Hakan Unsal against Senegal and looks set to do so again.

Tarhan said striker Hakan Sukur was still carrying an abdominal injury, but it has not stopped him starting all five of Turkey's World Cup matches so far.

He has, however, yet to score a goal and speculation is growing that Ilhan Mansiz, who replaced him in the second half and scored the golden goal against Senegal, could start instead of him.


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