Turkey and Europe

Whether or not Turkey belongs in the European Union is one that has yet to be decided. Whether or not they belong in the European Cup semifinals was decided last night in one of the most stunning comebacks in the tournament’s history. After dominating the first half and weathering a resurgent Turkish offense throughout the second, the Czech squad fell apart in the last fifteen minutes, giving up three goals to lose 3-2. The Turkish side even played the final two minutes of added time with a ten-man squad and a midfielder in goal, as their keeper had been sent off with a red card for shoving Czech forward Jan Koller and they’d already used up their substitutions. Truly the kind of amazing match that makes up for sport’s occasional 90-minute draw.

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