Saturday, October 13, 2007

Match Day: Turkiye vs. Moldova


Match Day: Turkiye vs. Moldova
By Nathan L. Redd
With time running out on their Euro 2008 qualification hopes, Turkiye's Milli Takim takes to the pitch on Saturday in a must-win game against Moldova. Fatih Terim's bunch has an opportunity to pick up six points in the next week and move back into a comfortable position within Group C.
After eight games, Turkiye has seventeen points and sit in third place in Group C. They can move into second place ahead of Norway, who also has seventeen points through nine games. A win against Moldova and another win against rivals Greece could put Turkiye back into the driver's seat for Euro 2008 qualification.
The last time Turkiye and Moldova met, the Turks put a 5-0 beatdown on their opponents behind four goals from Hakan Sukur. Moldova, however, has been a tough opponent on their home pitch. They drew with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Moldova, and just barely missed out on points against Greece and Norway.
Elsewhere in Group C, Greece plays host to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Greece holds a slim two-point lead over Turkiye, a lead that could easily change pending Saturday's results.
The roster for the games vs. Moldova and Greece is:
Fenerbahce: Mehmet Aurelio, Volkan Demirel, Tümer Metin
Galatasaray: Servet Çetin, Arda Turan, Hakan Şükür, Ümit Karan, Volkan Yaman
Besiktas: Hakan Arıkan, İbrahim Üzülmez, İbrahim Toraman, Gökhan Zan
Trabzonspor: Hüseyin Çimşir, Gökdeniz Karadeniz
Kayserispor: Gökhan Ünal, Mehmet Topuz
Ankaraspor: Necati Ateş, Emre Aşık
Sivasspor: Mehmet Yıldız
Ankaragucu: Serkan Kırıntılı
Vestel Manisaspor: Selçuk İnan
Bayern Munich: Hamit Altıntop
Newcastle United: Emre Belözoğlu
Middlesbrough: Tuncay Şanlı
Kickoff is at 14:00 (2 PM EST in the U.S.) live from Moldova.

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