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Euro 2008: Best of knockout stage

June 30, 2008

Turkish delight

Turkish players celebrate after their quarter-final against Croatia at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna even as the Croats (in the background) are left dejected.

Turkey reached the semi-finals after beating Croatia 3-1 on penalties after the match had finished 1-1 after extra-time.

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  • Ivan Klasnic headed Croatia in front at the near post after a good run and cross by Luka Modric in the 119th minute.

    But there was still time for comeback kings Turkey, who twice rallied from behind to win in the group stages, to equalise in nerve-tingling style as Semih Senturk's left-foot shot took a deflection past keeper Stipe Pletikosa.

    Croatia then made a mess of the penalty shootout, with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic missing the target before Turkey's 3-1 shootout victory was clinched when Rustu Recber saved from Mladen Petric.

    Turkey trio Arda Turan, Semih Senturk and Hamit Altintop were all successful with their spot kicks as their side qualified for the last four for the first time in their history and proved that their qualification to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002 was no fluke.

    Photographs: Getty Images

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