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Turkey Strikes Early, Defeats Korea 3-2 in Third Place Match


DAEGU, Korea (Saturday, June 29, 2002) - Turkey scored the earliest goal in World Cup history as Hakan Sukur took the ball from Korean defender Hong Myung-Bo and beat goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae just 11 seconds into the match for Sukur's first goal of the World Cup.

Korea would fight back to level the score before the ten minute mark as Lee Eul-Yong beat Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber - a member of the All-World Cup team - with a left-footed, curling free kick from 25 yards that managed to sneak into the upper corner.

It was not long before Turkey again grabbed the lead as Ilhan Mansiz found the net in the 13th minute, the first of two goals on the day for Ilhan, who extended Turkey's lead to 3-1 in the 32nd minute with a chip over Lee Woon-Jae.

Korea took the game at the Turkish defense throughout the second half, but Rustu continued to perform brilliantly, denying numerous chances to hold the Turkish lead at 3-1 into stoppage time. Song Chong-Gug registered the second Korea goal in the 93rd minute - a brilliant shot that Rustu was able to touch, but not save - bringing the final score to 3-2 and giving Turkey third place, while Korea finishes in fourth place after its amazing run to the semifinals.

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