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Turkey progress after late win

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Nihat Kahveci scored twice in a dramatic final four minutes to earn Turkey second spot in Group A and a quarter-final clash with Croatia after a thrilling 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

The Czechs looked home and dry in the 61st minute when Jaroslav Plasil added to Jan Koller´s first-half opener to put his team 2-0 ahead.

But Arda Turan halved the deficit in the 75th minute before Nihat drew the sides level in the 86th minute and then sparked delirium among the Turkish fans when he curled home an unstoppable winner with two minutes remaining. There was still time for Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel to receive his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident involving Koller, but his team held on to record their first win over the Czechs in 12 attempts.

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