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Portugal Beats Turkey 4-3 In Exciting Opening Match of the 2012 Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2012) – Portugal and Turkey provided some offensive fireworks in the first match of the 2012 Nike International Friendlies, combining for seven total goals and six alone in the first half.

Portugal looked to be headed for an easy win after taking a 3-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes, but Turkey responded with three unanswered goals to end the first half with the score tied 3-3. Portugal’s Rui Moreira scored the game-winning goal in the 50th minute after the ball set up perfectly at the top of the box for a well-struck shot to the low-right side.

A Portugal player missed an attempted bicycle kick in the center of the box, but the goalkeeper deflected the ball out near the edge of the area for Moreira, who also scored on a penalty kick in the 21st minute, to smash a hard shot past Turkey’s goalkeeper Fatih Demirlek five minutes into the second half.

Portugal center back Ricardo Carvalho bagged the game’s opening goal in the 16th minute on a rebound in near the penalty spot. Forward José Postiga had a low drive saved, but the rebound bounced right to Carvalho for the early 1-0 lead. Postiga doubled the lead three minutes later after the goalkeeper misread a curling pass over the top of the Turkish defense from Portugal left winger Sérgio Ribeiro. The ball bounced in no-man’s land as Postiga, Demirlek and another Turkish defender all converged on the loose ball. Demirlek couldn’t get a solid handle on the ball before Postiga slammed it into the back of the net for a two-goal lead.

Moreira’s penalty kick in the 21st minute handed Portugal a three-goal lead following a handball in the box.

The lead didn’t last long as Umut Bozok sent a perfectly placed shot to the far post after a pass from Egemen Zengin down the right flank.

In the 40th minute, Furkan Yaman got a high boot on the ball right in front of goal off a cross from Burak Camoğlu on the left side. Bozok notched his second goal of the match in the first minute of second-half stoppage time with a beautifully curled shot to the top right corner of the goal to tie the game right before halftime.

Turkey looked content to exploit on the counterattack for the first quarter of the match, but the strategy proved fruitless as Portugal grabbed the early advantage. Trailing by three goals, Hakan Tecimer’s squad worked the ball down the flanks, pressuring Portugal’s back line into tough positions.

Following Moreira’s eventual game-winner in the 50th minute, the frenetic pace settled for much of the second half, but picked up again near the end as a flurry of chances from both teams were denied and Portugal’s head coach Filipe Ramos was dismissed for unsportsmanlike conduct after he threw a water bottle onto the field.

The two sides finished level on shots, 16-16, but Portugal held a 10-5 advantage on goal.

Turkey squares off against the U.S. on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, while Portugal and Brazil tangle a few hours before at 2 p.m.

--Nike International Friendlies Match Report--

Match: Turkey Under-17 MNT vs. Portugal Under-17 MNT
Date: Nov. 28, 2012
Competition: Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 150
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:                 1              2              F
TUR                                        3              0              3
POR                                        3              1              4                

POR – Ricardo Carvalho                                                 16th minute
POR – Jose Postiga                                                          19
POR – Rui Moreira (penalty kick)                                      21
TUR – Umut Bozok (Egemen Zengin)                               25
TUR – Furkan Yaman (Burak Camoglu)                            40
TUR – Umut Bozok (Furkan Yaman)                                45
POR – Rui Moreira                                                         50

TUR: 12-Fatih Demirlek; 3-Samet Acar (13-Hasan Tuzcu, 64), 14-Muhammed Ari (5-Emre Akyüz, 83), 4-Egemen Zengin, 2-Savaş Polat; 10-Kaan Baysal; 6-İbrahim Serdar Aydin (17-Kenan Tepe, 83); 7-Burak Camoğlu; 11-Berk Yildiz (18-Firat Suçsuz, 59), 15-Umut Bozok (16-Enes Ünal, 83), 19-Furkan Yaman (9-Batuhan Altintaş, 58)
Subs not used: 1-Çağlar Duhan Akdağ, 8-Zafer Çuvalci, 23-Ubeyd Adiyaman
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer

POR: 1-João Costa; 14-Serrano, 6-Ruben Neves, 3-Diogo Verdasca (4-João Lima, 45), 13-Ricardo Carvalho; 7-Sérgio Ribeiro (5-Mota, 89), 8-Clever (18-Costa, 46), 10-Rui Moreira (17-Guga, 89), 2-Bernardo Carlos; 11-Macedo (16-Gonçalo Guedes, 61), 9-José Postiga (15-Rafa, 76)
Subs not used: 12-Rafael Lopes
Head Coach: Filipe Ramos

Stats Summary: TUR / POR
Shots: 16 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 10
Saves: 6 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary
TUR – Umot Bozok (caution)                     42nd minute
POR – Ruben Neves (caution)                    55
POR – Rui Moreira (caution)                      86
TUR – Egemen Zengin (caution)                90             

Official: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Thornberry
Assistant Referee 2: Brandon Rinkenberger
4th Official: Cedric Adams