No victor or vanquished in Turkey-Greece friendly

Turkey did not give Greece a good shot as the two drew 0-0 in their international friendly in Istanbul on Tuesday, when the Turks extended their unbeaten streak to 11 matches on their way to attending Euro 2016 for the first time in years.
and”Could we have won? Yes. Could we have lost? It does not appear so, since we did not give them any shots. We wanted to win,and” Turkey coach Fatih Terim said. and”This year, the team has recorded seven points in four matches without losing. This is an amazing success, an amazing story. From here on, God-willing, we will not lose,and” he added.
Expecting a tougher match, Terim fielded a more experienced XI than he had for the Qatar friendly on Friday, electing core and second-string players for the majority of his squad, rather than the fresh faces seen in Doha. The new players came out in the second half and although they failed to score, they kept Turkeyand’s unbeaten record intact.
and”We are a team that has not lost in a year. I have been a part of this team through both training camps. Today I got to go out on the field for the first time, hopefully that will continue,and” Okay Yokuilu said. and”We are a good national team and we have a great atmosphere. We want to take it to the next level in the friendly matches ahead and be ready for the tournament,and” he added.
Turkey is preparing to attend the 2016 European Championship as the best third-placed team in the qualifiers.
h2No goalsh2 Under the leadership of Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, Turkey organized several offensive plays in the first half many went unfinished. Under heavy pressure and with aid from Hakan andcalhanoilu, captain Arda carried the ball to the goal line and passed back for a perfect setup at the top corner of the box. No one was there to finish it. Beiiktaiand’s ismail KandOybaii set up another shot, but again with no one to take it.
andcalhanoilu squandered a beautiful chance, shooting over the net after picking it up on a rush into the goal box. In the last minute of the first half, he was delivered the ball on a corner-kick play. He powered it into the box but Greece keeper Orestis Karnezis denied him a goal.
Genandclerbirliiiand’s Ahmet Yilmaz andcalik showed some promise in defense when he headed a dangerous cross right in front of the net to safety over the touchline. The defense did not stop a front and center attempt by Konstantinos Mitroglou, but the Benfica forward shot just inches wide in the first half.
h2Calm in second halfh2 Wide open in the back side of the net, Arda shot straight into the goalkeeperand’s hands in the first good shot of the second half.
Terim decided to give the new kids a chance later on, letting Trabzonspor midfielder Yokuilu and Bursaspor defender Emre Taidemir loose on the pitch. Meanwhile, Fenerbahandceand’s Mehmet Topal failed to get a foot on a cross right at the back corner and Beiiktai forward Cenk Tosun hit the side of the Greek net.
Greece made one more run in the last seconds of the match, right after Arda had been subbed out in favor of Galatasaray midfielder Yasin andOztekin, but the ball flew wide and time was called.
Turkey could have beaten its neighbor and rival, but luckily only prestige was at stake.
Michael Skibbe, Greeceand’s coach of two weeks, said: and”I think in the end the draw was a good result for us. The Turkish team created a few more chances than my team. I think we did very well in defense but we were not able to create many offensive situations, especially good chances to score, and therefore we must be happy with the 0-0.and”
and”The Turkish team got very good results from recent matches. They built a strong defense and therefore have the opportunity to play a good part at the European Championships in France,and” Skibbe added.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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