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Turkey Beats Senegal 1-0, Advances to World Cup Finals - 2002-06-22


Turkey has edged Senegal, 1-0, in extra time, to advance to the semifinals of the World Cup football tournament.

A second-half substitute, Ilhan Mansiz, became a hero for the Turks when he scored "the golden goal" in the 94th minute of extra time. Mansiz took a crossing pass from teammate Umit Davala and blasted the ball past Senegal's goalkeeper, Tony Sylva.

Mansiz replaced Turkey's team captain, Hakan Sukur, in the 67th minute. Sukur failed to convert on several scoring chances in the first half.

Senegal also had some missed scoring opportunities during the exciting match here in Osaka. In the 20th minute, a Senegal goal was disallowed because of an offsides penalty.

Senegal and Turkey were both two of the big surprises at this 17th World Cup. Neither team had ever reached the quarterfinals before. Senegal was making its World Cup debut, while Turkey qualified for football's premier event for the first time since 1954.

Senegal's head coach, Bruno Metsu, spoke in French after the match. Through an English interpreter, he said his team's showing could help develop the sport in Senegal and across Africa.

Senegal was bidding to become the first African team in history to reach the World Cup semifinals. But now Turkey moves on to the semifinals, where it will get a rematch with four-time champion, Brazil Wednesday in Saitama, Japan. Brazil beat Turkey in first round group play, 2-1. In the other semifinal on Tuesday, South Korea will host Germany in Seoul.

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