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Brazil and Turkey Open 2010 Nike International Friendlies with 0-0 Draw

PHOENIX (Dec. 1, 2010) – The Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team and Turkey U-17 Men’s National Team played to a 0-0 draw to open the 2010 Nike International Friendlies at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz.

Both teams had clear chances to open the scoring, but the goalkeepers – and one occasion, the crossbar – kept the game scoreless over 90 minutes. The teams walked away with a point each from their opening match and will await the result of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s match with Korea later in the evening to see how the standings for the 2010 tournament will shape up after the first day.

Turkey started brightly with three clear chances in the opening 11 minutes; all three of them falling to forward Ibrahim Yllmaz. The front runner got his head to a cross from the right in the 8th minute and a corner in the 11th, but Brazilian goalkeeper Guido was equal to the task on both occasions.

Brazil found their footing by the 25th minute with influential midfielder Marlon Bica commanding the middle of the field. The South Americans found their best chance of the game in the 40th minute through a sweeping counter attack starting with left back Emerson. He moved the ball across midfield finding forward Lucas Piazon. His quick feet freed up winger Adryan on the right side of the box to unleash a one-time effort off the crossbar.

That was as close as the teams would come, however, as Brazilian defender Wallace struck an open chance directly at Turkish goalkeeper Sercan Sen in the 68th and substitute Mehmet Erkut Senturk dragged a close range shot wide in the 74th for the only real action of the second half.

Brazil next faces the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. MT live on Fox Soccer Channel, while Turkey will compete in the afternoon game again against Korea Republic at 2 p.m. MT.

Match: Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 1, 2010
Competition: 2010 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT
Weather: Warm, breezy – 64 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
BRA                            0          0          0
TUR                            0          0          0

BRA: 1-Guido; 2-Wallace, 3-Josué, 4-Luiz Gustavo, 6-Emerson (18-Nathan, 63); 5-Rodrigo, 7-Adryan, 8-Marlon Bica, 10-Guilherme (16-Lucas, 79), 17-Mattheus (15-Victor, 63); 11-Lucas Piazon
Subs not used: 9-Leandro,12-Jairo, 13-Almir,14-Marcelo
Head Coach: Everson Ávila

TUR: 1-Sercan Sen; 2-Selahattin Ozcan (16-Burak Kardes, 46), 3-Aykut Guler, 4-Taha Can Velioglu, 5-Ahmet Yilmaz Calik; 6-Hakan Calhanoglu, 7-Kadir Ari (17-Okan Deniz, 70), 8-Okay Yokuslu (18-Tugay Kacar, 84), 10-Recep Niyaz (14-Mehmet Erkut Senturk, 63); 9-Ibrahim Yllmaz (19-Berk Ismail Unsal, 63), 11-Beykan Simsek (20-Enver Cenk Sahin, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Yusuf Mersin, 13-Burak Yilmaz, 15-Ilkay Durmus
Head Coach: Abdullah Ercan

Statistical Summary: BRA / TUR
Shots: 10 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
TUR – Ahmet Yilmaz Calik (caution)            36th minute
BRA – Wallace (caution)                                43
TUR – Kadir Ari (caution)                             61
BRA – Lucas (caution)                                   80

Referee: Allen Chapman (USA)
Assistant Referee: Desmond Miller (USA)
Assistant Referee: Baboucarr Jallow (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)