World Cup qualifier: Victory over Romania keep Turkey hopes alive
Last Updated: September 10, 2013 9:50pm
Burak Yilmaz scored the opening goal as Turkey kept their World Cup hopes alive in Romania
Goals from Burak Yilmaz and Mevlut Erdinc secured a 2-0 victory for Turkey in Romania on Tuesday to keep their hopes of featuring in next summer's World Cup alive.
Fatih Terim's team entered the match three points behind their second-placed opponents in Group D, but victory maintains their qualification hopes with two matches to play.
The hosts started brightly in Bucharest and inside three minutes they had seen Gabriel Torje shoot over with a 25-yard free-kick, before Ciprian Marica's header brought a save out of Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.
However, Turkey gained in confidence and Yilmaz fired the visitors into the lead in the 22nd minute, heading home Caner Erkin's cross after his previous effort was parried by Ciprian Tatarusanu.
Romania threatened in the 33rd minute when Torje's shot forced defender Gokhan Gonul into a block - but the visitors finished the half on the front foot and Selcuk Inan should have done better than fire wildly over six minutes later.
Turkey had the first chance of the second half but Tatarusanu saved Umut Bulut's well-struck shot from 12 yards.
Chances were at a premium for Romania, but on the hour Alexandru Maxim saw a right-foot effort blocked by Omer Toprak.
Romania best chance came midway through the half when Adrian Popa's 18-yard effort beat the goalkeeper but rebounded off a post.
Razvan Rat shot over from 12 yards with 15 minutes remaining but Turkey continued to threaten with Olcay Sahan shooting over and Bulut bringing another save out of Tatarusanu.
Maxim had a chance to earn Romania a point with two minutes remaining but his header from 12 yards failed to find the target, then in injury time Dorin Goian saw his effort from similar range caught by the goalkeeper.
And Turkey caught their hosts with a second goal in the fourth minute of injury time when substitute Mevlut Erdinc provided a cool left-foot finish.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 10th Sep - Group F
Russia3 - 1Israel
Luxembourg3 - 2N Ireland
Tue 10th Sep - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Liechtenstein
Slovakia1 - 2Bosnia
Greece1 - 0Latvia
Tue 10th Sep - Group B
Armenia0 - 1Denmark
Malta1 - 2Bulgaria
Italy2 - 1Czech Rep
Tue 10th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 1Sweden
Austria1 - 0Rep Ireland
Faroe Islands0 - 3Germany
Tue 10th Sep - Group E
Norway0 - 2Switzerland
Cyprus0 - 2Slovenia
Iceland2 - 1Albania
Tue 10th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 1Finland
Belarus2 - 4France
Tue 10th Sep - Group D
Romania0 - 2Turkey
Andorra0 - 2Netherlands
Hungary5 - 1Estonia
Tue 10th Sep - Group A
Macedonia1 - 2Scotland
Wales0 - 3Serbia
Tue 10th Sep - Group H
San Marino1 - 5Poland
Ukraine0 - 0England
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
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I