World Cup qualifying Group D: Turkey cruise to 5-0 win over Andorra
Last Updated: 06/09/13 9:32pm
Mehmet Topal: Gets to the ball first
Galatasaray striker Umut Bulut scored a hat-trick as Turkey cruised to a comfortable World Cup Group D qualifying win over strugglers Andorra.
Bulut struck twice in the first half and also scored after the break to complete his treble after Burak Yilmaz had netted Turkey's third goal.
The hosts completed the scoring in injury time when Arda Turan headed their fifth to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next summer's finals in Brazil.
Turkey exerted all the early pressure but Gokhan Tore was off target with a shot from 20 yards and then Andorra keeper Ferran Pol was well placed to beat away a shot from Yilmaz following a throw-in by Gokhan Gonul.
It took Andorra half an hour to create their first chance but Volkan Demirel punched away a corner by Marc Pujol Pons and Ivan Lorenzo Roncero fired the loose ball over the bar from 20 yards.
Turkey finally made their pressure tell with two goals inside the space of four minutes.
Tore crossed from the right wing and Bulut headed the opening goal 34 minutes into the game.
Four minutes later the home side had doubled their lead as Bulut netted his second, firing home from long distance.
Turkey should have extended their lead just before half-time but Yilmaz headed over from close range following a Tore cross.
They increased their lead just after the hour when Yilmaz scored from close range from Gonul's pass and Bulut completed his hat-trick when he lobbed the keeper after 67 minutes.
Pol then saved brilliantly when he tipped Bulut's shot from inside the six-yard box around the post and Pol again denied Bulut with eight minutes to go as Turkey went in search of a fifth goal.
It finally came when Turan headed into the roof of the net three minutes into added time.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
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