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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK
Turks take pride in defeat
Hasan Sas cuts a sad figure as Brazil celebrate
Hasan Sas cuts a sad figure as Brazil celebrate

Turkey's coach, players and media have put a brave face on their disappointment after Wednesday's 1-0 semi-final loss to Brazil.

The narrow defeat leaves Senol Gunes's men to contest the third-place play-off with co-hosts South Korea on Saturday.

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We played really well, but could not stop Ronaldo - now the target is third place
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Turkish daily Milliyet

But as far as the newspapers are concerned, the Turkish squad can be proud of their achievements during World Cup 2002.

The websites of two leading dailies Milliyet and Hurriyet both carry the same headline: "Never mind."

Milliyet continues: "We said goodbye to the cup with pride. We played really well, but could not stop Ronaldo.

"Now the target is third place.

"We lost to Brazil by an unlucky goal. We proved ourselves to the world in a tournament where giants like France and England returned home long ago."

Hurriyet says the "crescent-and-stars squad made 70 million people smile".

It singled out goalkeeper Rustu Recber for particular praise: "He was the star of the match with his critical saves."

Another daily, Radikal, says: "Brazil are in the finals, but Turkey is the champion of hearts."

Meanwhile, fan Levent Ipekkan summed up the mood on the streets of Turkey.

"Before the match, the streets were full of people shouting victory cries," he told BBC Sport Online. "Now the streets are completely deserted."


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