Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Turkish National Soccer Team wins Moldova 5 to 0

Turkey 5 Moldova 0

Turkish National Soccer Team won the important Moldova game. Fatih Terim has coached the national team during this victory.

Four goals from Hakan Sukur, including a stunning nine-minute first-half hat-trick, ensured Turkey strolled to victory over Moldova.

It was goalless in Frankfurt until the 35th minute when Sukur grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, firing three in quick succession to leave the visitors shell-shocked.

And the rout was completed in the second half when Tuncay Sanli headed home and Sukur added his fourth to send Moldova home with their tails between their legs.

The striker will only wish the Turkish fans had been there to see it - the match was played in neutral territory after UEFA imposed a three-game penalty following Turkey's post-match brawl at their World Cup play-off encounter with Switzerland last year.

Moldova received their first warning in the 10th minute when Serghei Pascenco fumbled Hamit Altintop's shot into the path of Sukur, who put the ball over the bar.

Both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances and Alexandru Epureanu snuffed out Sabri Sarioglu's shot to keep the visitors on equal terms.

But the home side sprung to life in the 35th minute when Sarioglu's cross from the right was nodded in by Sukur from six yards.

It was the start of a devastating rampage from the striker, and he doubled the lead from the spot two minutes later, after Epureanu fouled Arda Turan in the box.

Six minutes later it was three, as Gokdeniz Karadeniz found Sukur in the box and his header made its way in off the bar.

The half-time interval couldn't come quickly enough for Moldova and things settled down after the break.

But it was to be brief respite, as Tuncay made it four as he headed home Marco Aurelio's cross from the left on 68 minutes.

And Sukur rounded off a fantastic night as he sent a neat left-foot effort past Pascenco five minutes later to claim his fourth.