Turkey Makes History of Beating Japan 1-0, Roaring to Quarter-finals
Turkey's midfielder Umit Davala headed in a corner kick in the goalmouth crowd in the 12th minute, giving his side the winner goal. Davala, who was quite eye-catching in the pitch for his warrior hair style, got the landing point of the ball precisely, jumped high and glanced the cross into the net.
After conceding the goal, Japan seemed to wake up and launch waves of attacks and exerted great pressure on the Turks. But they missed many scoring chances including a screaming free kick which hit the top-left corner of the goal in the 42nd.
Japan's forward Alex made a dive header on a right-wing cross in the 44th, which unfortunately flew over the bar.
In the 51st, Japan's talented international midfielder Koji Nakata fired a volley on the edge of the box, which accidentally hit the body of a Turkish defender and jumped a little higher thanthe goalkeeper Rustu Recber who had to face upward to block the shot on the goal line.
In the 60th, Japan's forward Akinori Nishizawa missed a clear scoring chance in the penalty area by jump-heading a right-wing pass directly into the arms of Recber.
With their solid defense, the Turks unleashed several fast-pacecounter-attacks in which midfielder Yildiray Basturk' 68th-minute long-range shot flew narrowly wide.
Both Japan and Turkey have already made a history for advancingto the knock-out stage of the World Cup finals and Turkey expandedthe glory today.
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