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Turkey1Northern Ireland0

Turkey 1-0 Northern Ireland

Oliver Norwood goes close for N Ireland

A goal by Mevlut Erdinc in first-half injury-time gave Turkey victory over Northern Ireland in a keenly contested friendly game in Adana.

Mevlut latched onto a long ball from Bilal Kisa and took advantage of a misunderstanding between Roy Carroll and Chris Baird to nip in and score.

Oliver Norwood had chances for NI but fired over the bar and saw a right-foot shot saved by Tolga Zengin.

Aaron Hughes almost scored an own goal while Burak Yilmaz hit the woodwork.

Northern Ireland travelled to Adana in the hope of putting a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, which yielded just one win from 10 matches, behind them.

Turkey finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group behind the Netherlands, Romania and Hungary and had Fatih Terim starting his third term in charge of the national team.

Despite working with a squad depleted by injuries, NI manager Michael O'Neill selected an experienced line-up in a 3-5-2 formation for his first game in charge since agreeing a new two-year deal which will see him remain at the helm for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Adem Gulum and Martin Paterson vie for possession
Adem Gulum and Martin Paterson vie for possession

Turkey exerted all the early pressure and Roy Carroll was forced into a good save from Bilal Kisa in the opening minutes.

The home side had the ball in the net twice but on the first occasion the flag went up for offside against Arda Turan and then a referee's assistant ruled that the ball had gone out of play before nestling in the back of the net.

Northern Ireland's goal continued to live a charmed life as Steven Davis headed off the line from Adam Buyuk's initial effort and then Norwood headed onto the underside of the bar from Ersan Adem Gulum's follow-up attempt.

The visitors' best chance of the opening half fell to Norwood, but he fired over the bar after some intricate football from O'Neill's side.

Just before the break, Bilal saw his left-foot drive fly wide of the post, before St Etienne forward Mevlut found the net for his fifth international goal with the final touch of the first half.

Bilal chipped the ball forward from midfield and Mevlut took advantage of a failure of communication between Baird and Carroll to poke the ball home with his left foot.

After the break, Norwood's curling shot from just outside the box fell into the hands of Tolga and then Hughes almost scored an own goal when the ball came off his foot while defending a Melvut cross and cannoned off the post.

Substitute Burak saw his left-foot strike come off the woodwork while soon after a Davis volley from Ryan McGivern's cross was blocked.

Chances were few and far between in a second half punctuated by a raft of substitutions but Martin Paterson fired well over late on when the ball broke to him in the penalty area.

The match did however mark the international debut of New York Red Bulls midfielder Jonny Steele, who replaced Niall McGinn after 67 minutes.

So Northern Ireland's last game of 2013 ends in defeat and manager O'Neill's record now reads one win, six draws and eight defeats from his 15 games in charge.

Line-ups

Turkey

  • 1Zengin
  • 7GönülSubstituted forCamdalat 72'minutes
  • 18Erkin
  • 8OzyakupSubstituted forYilmazat 45'minutes
  • 2Kaya
  • 22Gülüm
  • 21BüyükSubstituted forUcanat 67'minutes
  • 15Topal
  • 19ErdingSubstituted forTöreat 77'minutes
  • 5KisaSubstituted forSahanat 83'minutes
  • 14TuranSubstituted forDoganat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dogan
  • 4Demir
  • 6Ucan
  • 9Bulut
  • 10Sahan
  • 11Töre
  • 12Kirintili
  • 13Ciftçi
  • 16Aziz
  • 17Yilmaz
  • 20Sararer
  • 23Ayvaz
  • 24Camdal
  • 26Kara
  • 27Altinay
  • 28Karabulut

Northern Ireland

  • 1CarrollSubstituted forMannusat 45'minutes
  • 2Hodson
  • 3LaffertySubstituted forMcGivernat 76'minutes
  • 5Evans
  • 6Baird
  • 18Hughes
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 42mins
  • 10ClinganSubstituted forMckayat 75'minutes
  • 9Paterson
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forSteeleat 67'minutes
  • 8Davis

Substitutes

  • 4McArdle
  • 12Mannus
  • 14Mckay
  • 15Grigg
  • 17Steele
  • 19McGivern
  • 20McPake
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis

Match Stats

Home TeamTurkeyAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.
Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Tarik Camdal.
Foul by Burak Yilmaz (Turkey).
Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Salih Ucan.
Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt missed. Gökhan Töre (Turkey) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tarik Camdal.

Substitution

Substitution, Turkey. Ishak Dogan replaces Arda Turan.
Offside, Turkey. Semih Kaya tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.
Arda Turan (Turkey) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jonathan Steele (Northern Ireland).
Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Turkey. Olcay Sahan replaces Bilal Kisa.
Attempt saved. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.
Offside, Turkey. Bilal Kisa tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.
Tarik Camdal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).
Attempt blocked. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caner Erkin.
Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan McGivern with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Turkey. Gökhan Töre replaces Mevlut Erding.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Ryan McGivern replaces Daniel Lafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Billy McKay replaces Sammy Clingan.
Attempt blocked. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.
Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Alan Mannus.
Attempt saved. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Caner Erkin.

Substitution

Substitution, Turkey. Tarik Camdal replaces Gökhan Gönül.
Caner Erkin (Turkey) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Turkey. Salih Ucan replaces Adem Büyük.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jonathan Steele replaces Niall McGinn.
Foul by Caner Erkin (Turkey).
Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Turkey. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Semih Kaya (Turkey) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.
Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Alan Mannus.
Attempt missed. Mevlut Erding (Turkey) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Mevlut Erding (Turkey) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Caner Erkin with a cross.
Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Hodson.
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