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Estadi Comunal de Aixovall (ATT 700) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 18:15 Ref: Nerijus Dunauskas

Andorra Andorra vs Turkey Turkey

Andorra 0

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Turkey 2

S Inan (30)
B Yilmaz (45+2)

Turkish delight in Andorra

Goals from Inan and Yilmaz seal Turkey win in Andorra

Last Updated: 22/03/13 9:05pm

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Burak Yilmaz: Celebrates after scoring against Andorra

Burak Yilmaz: Celebrates after scoring against Andorra

Turkey breathed life back into their fading World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over minnows Andorra.

Abdullah Avci's men have had a hugely disappointing start to qualifying, having picked up just three points from their opening four games, but a match against Group D whipping boys Andorra offered the chance for the Euro 2008 semi-finalists to begin to build some momentum.

They did get the expected victory in Andorra La Vella to double their tally, but had to settle for just the two first-half goals from Selcuk Inan and Burak Yilmaz as hosts Andorra fought hard to avoid another heavy loss.

The Pyrenean nation came into Friday night's clash without a goal or a point in the group, suffering heavy defeats to Hungary, Romania and Holland in the process, but they refused to make it easy for Turkey and might even have taken a third-minute lead through Sebastian Gomez had visiting goalkeeper Onur Kivrak not been equal to his effort.

Eduardo Peppe also headed over from a corner for the hosts before Turkey took the lead through Inan's fine free-kick on the half-hour, the Galatasaray midfielder firing home a 25-yard effort that home keeper Josep Anton Gomez got a hand to but could not keep out.

Turkey then doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Inan's Galatasaray club-mate Yilmaz drilled home a cross-shot from a tight angle.

That looked like it might open the floodgates with Turkey twice going close at the start of the second half, Yilmaz and Arda Turan both testing Gomez, but after that Andorra were able to keep their opponents' opportunities to a minimum.

Turkey did almost snatch a third in stoppage time at the end of the game but another brilliant Inan shot from distance crashed against the crossbar.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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