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Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 23:18 GMT 00:18 UK
Japan v Turkey: the key battles
Turkey's task will be to stem the Japanese tide of joy
Turkey will be aiming to stem a Japanese tide of joy
Second round
Miyagi | Tue 18 June | 07.30 BST BBC Radio Five Live

Co-hosts Japan are growing in confidence as they are swept along on a tide of emotion.

Having qualified from their group behind Brazil, Turkey's task will be try and stem that tide.

Turkey's chances are not helped by injuries to key men and coach Senol Gunes faces being without his first-choice strike force of Hakan Sukur and Hasan Sas.

BBC Sport Online looks at what could be the key match-ups.


Tsuneyasu Miyamoto v Yildiray Basturk

Miyamoto is the Man in the Mask who has not looked back since coming on as a 72nd minute substitute in Japan's opening group match with Belgium.

Playing in a mask to protect a facial injury, the Gamba Osaka defender has shown why coach Phillipe Troussier has picked him.

He might not be the tallest defender in the world, but he possesses a good spring, and more importanty has pace and an astute reading of the game which allows him to nip situations in the bud.

Basturk will be looking to open up Japan's defence
Basturk will be looking to open up Japan's defence

Basturk's combination of skill and appetite for work makes him crucial to Turkey's hopes.

The Bayer Leverkusen schemer will run all day for the team cause, and when he springs forward to supplement the attack, he will find Miyamoto lying deep and waiting for him.


Hidetoshi Nakata v Fatih Akyel

Nakata is the golden boy of Japanese football, the hub of the team, the man who makes it tick in midfield.

He has not been able to pin down a regular place at Italian club Parma, but he is Japan's inspiration.

Miyamoto is the iron man in the mask in Japan's defence
Miyamoto is the iron man in the mask in Japan's defence

Fatih Akyel played in all three of Turkey's group games where he proved a solid and reliable defender.

With Nakata given license to get forward, Akyel will be crucial to Turkey's plans to keep him quiet.


Junichi Inamoto v Tugay

Anonymous at Arsenal, Inamoto will go down in history as the scorer of the goal that earned Japan's first World Cup finals win.

Like Nakata at Parma, Inamoto has failed to make any impression in his club side, but he is a different creature when he pulls on a Japan shirt.

Quick, skilful and with an eye for goal, Inamoto makes well-timed runs from midfield to get himself into scoring positions.

Tugay has proved his value to the Turkish team as a good, all-round midfield player.

Tugay may be asked to curb his attacking instincts
Tugay may be asked to curb his attacking instincts

The natural heartbeat of the Turkish midfield, Tugay can operate as the funnel through which they channel their midfield traffic, or as the anchor in front of the defence.

Coach Gunes may well opt to use him in that role to negate Inamoto, but that in turn could hamper his effectiveness going forward.


Takayuki Suzuki v Bulent Korkmaz

Suzuki opened Japan's acount in the competition with the first goal against Belgium, and has been unlucky not to add to his tally since then.

A pacy, athletic striker, with a powerful shot he has epitomised the commitment that has taken Japan into the second round.

Injuries and suspension to Alpay have denied Turkey the chance to field a settled defence, which could provide an opening for Korkmaz.

Despite a lack of pace, 33-year-old Korkmaz has earned a reputation as an effective man marker.

Gunes uses him selectively, and he might be asked to do a job on Suzuki.

But Suzuki's pace, and sheer appetite for work could eventually take its toll on the ageing Korkmaz.


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