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Euro Soccer 08, Germany advanvces to Final

Germany scores goal in the final minute for 3 : 2 vs. Turkey.
Wow, what a cliff hanger.
Obviously I didn't get a lot of work done today, but who cares (I can hardly fire myself).
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that sucks.
Not to me!
But it was a very close game.
The German team has to find another gear to be able to win the final.
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Germany scores goal in the final minute for 3 : 2 vs. Turkey.
Wow, what a cliff hanger.
Obviously I didn't get a lot of work done today, but who cares (I can hardly fire myself).

Congratulations! Best wishes for the final.
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Germany beats Turkey in 90th minute to reach final

Germany beats Turkey in 90th minute to reach final

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer
2 hours, 21 minutes ago

Philipp Lahm ended Turkey's storybook run in the European Championship on Wednesday with a late goal in a 3-2 semifinal victory that kept Germany on target for a record fourth title.

In a wild finish that many people around the world did not see because the international TV feed went out, Lahm finished off the surprising Turks off a give-and-go with Thomas Hitzlsperger in the 90th minute. Lahm cut in from the left, set up a passing one-two, collected the ball and shot it past Rustu Recber to unleash the joy of some 20,000 German fans at St. Jakob Park.

With two goals in the final five minutes, the match could have gone either way, but after three stunning comeback victories in a row for Turkey, it was Germany's day.

"We have caught the winning mood and can get the title now," Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

First, Semih Senturk kept Turkey in the game with an 86th-minute equalizer, beating Jens Lehmann at the near post.

Ugur Boral gave Turkey the lead in the 22nd, but Bastian Schweinsteiger equalized in the 26th. Miroslav Klose then scored in the 79th off a feed from Lahm to put the Germans ahead, setting up the thrilling finish.

"Totally crazy feeling," Loew added. "It was unbelievable. It was a crazy, incredible drama with all these goals in the final minutes."

Late in the match, a protester wearing a "China is not Tibet" shirt ran onto the field and was subdued by security officers. Earlier, two players — Simon Rolfes of Germany and Ayhan Akman — needed to have their foreheads stapled by trainers to stop bloody wounds. Neither of them finished the game and Rolfes needed six stitches over his left eye.

Germany, which won Euros in 1972, 1980 and 1996, will play the winner of Thursday's Spain-Russia semifinal in Vienna, Austria. Sunday's final game also will be in Vienna.

For Turkey, it was the end of a tremendous tournament, its best since making the World Cup semifinals six years ago.

Turkey dominated most of the match despite four suspensions and five injuries, proving its run of extraordinary rallies was no fluke. With a fully fit team, Germany struggled — but advanced to the final for the sixth time.

ESPN cut back to its studio analysts during the outages and showed video of spectators watching at a FanFest in Basel.

Germany's ZDF television wound up using a Swiss feed to televise the latter portions of the match after having to do a radio-style play-by-play when the picture went out. A violent thunderstorm that hit Vienna, where the TV broadcast center is located, was blamed.

UEFA officials said the signal initially went down for six minutes in the 76th minute of the match, then "there were a couple of more interruptions," said Wolfgang Eichler, a UEFA spokesman.

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It's been a good tournament.

Lahm's goal is stunning, but what impresses me more is Hitzlsperger's return pass to Lahm.

Sad to see Turkey go, for they have provided so much entertainment and played with their heart.

Russia or Spain, either winner should provide interesting challenge for the Germans in the finals - I just hope that neither of the finalist would play a conservative and boring game because so much is at stake (in that sense, I'm glad Italy is out ).

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It's been a good tournament.

Lahm's goal is stunning, but what impresses me more is Hitzlsperger's return pass to Lahm.

Sad to see Turkey go, for they have provided so much entertainment and played with their heart.

Russia or Spain, either winner should provide interesting challenge for the Germans in the finals - I just hope that neither of the finalist would play a conservative and boring game because so much is at stake (in that sense, I'm glad Italy is out ).
Funny, Lahm is definitely not what his last mane translates to; 'Lame.'
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My dad forced me to watch today's Spain - Russia.

Sunday will be interesting.

My prediction: Germany will be the Champion 2008.
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Unfortunately, we were ravaged by lots of suspensions and injuries. We are very proud of our team because the players demonstrated to the world that heart and team spirit still matters in football. Turks usually have never-say-die strategy, we have lots of examples for this strategy such as Uefa cup in 2000 and the independence war in 1919, and this tournament will be remembered mostly because of our achievement.

Congrats to Germany, I hope that they will be the champion.

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