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Germans reach final over spirited Turks
by Mike Woitalla, June 26th, 2008 7AM
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[GERMANY-TURKEY REPORT CARD]With a squad depleted by injuries and suspensions, Turkey managed to outshoot Germany, 20-9 and had more possession. But the Germans prevailed, 3-2, in the Euro 2008 semifinal. Left back Philipp Lahmscorched a shot past Turkish keeper Rustu Recber in the 90th minute to send the Germans into the final against the winner of Thursday's Spain-Russia semifinal. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla grades the players.

Lahm also set up Miroslav Klose's header that gave the Germans a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute.

The Turks looked headed to repeating the late-game heroics that had seen them win their previous three games when Semih Senturk, from close range, nicked home a low cross Sabri Sarioglu to tie the score at 2-2 with four minutes left. Senturk was the hero with a last-minute equalizer that led to Turkey's PK win over Croatia in the quarterfinals.

The Turks dominated first-half play and took a 1-0 lead when Ugur Boral struck home the rebound of Kazim Kazim's shot off the crossbar in the 22nd minute.

Bastian Schweinsteiger tied the game at 1-1 in the 26th minute when he stabbed home a low cross from Lukas Podolski.

Germany, which won the European Championship in 1972, 1980 and 1996, has now reached the final a record six times.


Germany Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
4 Jens Lehmann (Arsenal) 60/0
6 Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin) 60/0
4 Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen) 48/1
4 Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid) 46/0
7 Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) 46/3
8 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) 55/15
4 Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen) 12/0
4 Michael Ballack (Chelsea) 86/38
5 Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart) 37/5
6 Lukas Podolski(Bayern Munich) 53/28
7 Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich) 80/41
Subs:
5 Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen) 76/10
nr Marcell Jansen (Bayern Munich) 26/1

Turkey Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
3Rustu Recber
(Besiktas) 118/0
7 Sabri Sarioglu (Galatasaray) 17/1
4 Gokhan Zan (Besiktas) 22/0
4 Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray) 9/0
6 Hakan Balta (Galatasaray) 13/1
6 Mehmet Aurelio (Fenerbahce) 23/1
6 Ayhan Akman (Galatasaray) 11/1
6 Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich) 47/2
8 Kazim Kazim (Fenerbahce) 7/0
8 Ugur Boral (Fenerbahce) 28/9
7 Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce) 9/4
Subs:
5 Mevlut Erding
(Sochaux) 6/0
5 Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan) 49/6
nr Tumer Metin(Larissa) 25/7





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