Turkiye Nears Euro Finals after Norway Win
(Ebru News/AP) On a lighter note, Turkish soccer fans will be happy to know that their country is one step closer to winning the Euro 2008 after beating Norway in Oslo this weekend. Their next opponent, Bosnia, on Wednesday.
The triumphant team returned to Turkiye early on Sunday to cheers from hundreds of flag-waving and chanting fans. The plane carrying the team landed at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport on Sunday and the ecstatic fans gave flowers to Terim, the players and Turkish Soccer Federation President Haluk Ulusoy.
The airport band also joined in the celebrations.
After the match in Oslo Terim said, "I would like to congratulate my players," whose team would have been out of contention for a place in the finals had they lost the match.
So important was this victory that Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as Cabinet ministers sent messages of congratulation to Terim and his players and wished them more success in their future endeavors.
The win, decided by a Nihat Kahveci goal in the 60th minute, put the Turks at 21 points, one ahead of Norway, with one match to play.
"To beat Norway away is really great. I want to thank the people that have supported us during these days. To the people who haven't supported us, I have nothing to say. The way the match played showed who deserves to go to Europe," Terim said.
The Turks still need to win their final match against Bosnia on Wednesday to ensure qualification as Norway takes on bottom-of-the-group Malta, but Terim remains confident.
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