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World Cup: Turkey beat Estonia 2-0 to boost qualification hopes

Last Updated: 11/10/13 11:46pm

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Burak Yilmaz: Was on the scoresheet for Turkey

Burak Yilmaz: Was on the scoresheet for Turkey

Turkey pulled off a vital 2-0 win in Estonia to move into second place in World Cup qualifying Group D.

In a tight battle for the play-off spot behind runaway leaders Holland, goals in either half from Umut Bulut and Burak Yilmaz helped Turkey do their part.

With Holland beating the previously-second Hungary 8-1, second place became available and Turkey took it, with Romania now level on points with them in third after beating Andorra 4-0.

It will now go down to the last day to see who progresses, with Romania set to meet Estonia while Turkey have a tough-looking home clash with Holland to navigate.

If they do, though, and Romania do not go goal crazy, a play-off will be theirs.

After a tentative start Turkey made the breakthrough in the 22nd minute, Bulut nodding home a fine header from Caner Erkin's drifting cross.

Gokhan Tore went close to goal number two just before the break but Pareiko pulled off a fingertip save to keep his fierce drive out of the net.

Strong start

News that Romania were ahead in Andorra trickled into the Turkish dressing room and Fatih Terim urged his players to make a strong start to the second half.

And they would listen to their coach, Yilmaz quickly sweeping up Tore's pass from the right to guide the ball home from the centre of the box.

Yilmaz's tail was up and although he fancied a brace he missed the mark with a header from Selcuk Inan's free-kick on the hour mark.

Turkey relaxed somewhat as time ticked away, allowing Estonia some rare joy in the final third.

Martin Vunk tested Demirel's reflexes from a close-range header before Aleksandr Dmitrijev tried his luck from distance, but Turkey had already done enough to take the three points.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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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