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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Senegal v Turkey: The key battles
Turkey striker Hakan Sukur is due a goal
Sukur (left) has yet to score at the World Cup
Senegal v Turkey | Quarter-final
Sat Jun 22 2002 | 1230 BST | Osaka
Live on BBC Radio Five Live

Senegal and Turkey meet for the first ever time when they compete for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

If Senegal are victorious they will become the first African team - and the first World Cup debutants - to reach the semi-final stage.

Likewise Turkey, playing in their first World Cup since 1954, have never reached a World Cup semi-final and are desperate to satiate their fanatical supporters.

Both managers - Senegal's Bruno Metsu and Turkey's Seno Gunes - have fully fit squads to chose from.

BBC Sport Online examines the key battles that could decide who progresses to the last four - and who catches the next plane home.


Aliou Cisse v Hakan Sukur

Cisse has had an impressive tournament in the centre of Senegal's defence.

He has come up - and triumphed - against the likes of Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Jon Dahl Tomasson.

The skipper has a calf strain but is fit to play and - on current form should be capable of stopping Hakan Sukur.

Without question, the Turkish striker has had a poor tournament.

His team might have reached the last eight - but star striker Sukur has yet to score and has complained about a lack of service.

But he is a quality player and the longer his goalless spell continues the greater the likelihood that in his next match he will bounce back to form with a bang.


Salif Diao v Umit Davala

Salif Diao began the World Cup in sensational form - impressing against the French and then scoring one of the goals of the tournament against Denmark.

But he blighted his copybook when he was red carded for a horror lunge at Denmark's Rene Henriksen - and was subsequently suspended for the group match against Uruguay and the second round win over Sweden.

But the Liverpool-bound midfielder should return to the starting line up for the match with Turkey.

Diao scored a fantastic goal against Denmark
Diao will return for the match against Turkey
His surging runs, committed tackling and eye for goal could be crucial as the African team try to wrestle the initiative in the middle of the park.

But Diao will have to contend with the excellent Umit Davala.

The AC Milan midfielder scored his team's goal against Japan as Turkey despatched the co-hosts in the second round.

Cutting a distinctive figure on the pitch with his mohican haircut, Davala has been in excellent form throughout the tournament with his marauding runs forward.


El Hadji Diouf v Alpay Ozalan

El Hadji Diouf has been a sensation - bringing the tournament to life with his mazy runs and beguiling skills.

Diouf may not have scored but he causes havoc to the opposition defence and creates space for his fellow forwards.

He is the most fouled player in the tournament so far and - given the quality of his performances so far - is due a goal.

Alpay, on the other hand, is a powerful defender who is likely to take a direct approach to terminating Diouf's forward forays.

The defender was lucky not to be dismissed for a series of late challenges during his team's slender 1-0 win over Japan.

And whether or not he can get to grips with the slippery Diouf will have a massive impact on the course of the match.


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