Emperor's delight at Houdini act
After his side earned a last-gasp win for the second match running by turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic, Turkey coach Fatih Terim praised his side's never-say-die attitude.
The Turks had looked dead, buried and out of UEFA EURO 2008 on 62 minutes as Czech winger Jaroslav Plasil scored his side's second goal following a first-half header from giant striker Jan Koller as the EURO 2004 semi-finalists looked safe.
But three goals in the last 15 minutes - including two by captain Nihat Kahveci in the 87th and 89th minutes - put Turkey in the quarter-finals as Group A runners-up.
"I am pleased I have a team who don't give up and play until the final whistle, we showed the world the sort of team we are," beamed Terim, who is nicknamed 'The Emperor'.
"In my career, I have never, ever thought of giving up on a game, no matter what the score. I am a person who never loses hope I have seen many things happen in the last minutes of game, that is the beauty of football.
"I am aware of what our team can do and I think we like dramatic finishes, I just hope we can settle the game a bit earlier next time.
"The Czech Republic are a good team and we beat them for the first time ever here tonight (Sunday).
"It is never easy to be 2-0 down and it is difficult to come back from that. It could so easily have been my opposite number giving the winner's press conference."
Galatasaray winger Arda Turan, who also scored the injury time goal which snatched a 2-1 win over Switzerland last Wednesday, began the fight-back with a 75th minute goal before Kahveci struck twice.
"The first goal was the turning point," said Villarreal forward Kahveci.
"That created doubts in their mind, but the feelings were enormous to know that third goal was going to take us to the quarter-finals.
"It was unbelievable."
For their quarter-final against Group B winners Croatia in Vienna on Friday, Turkey will be without goalkeeper Volkan Demirel who earned himself a red card for pushing over Czech striker Jan Koller in the dying stages.
"We were 3-2 ahead so I didn't approve of what he did," said Terim. "I don't know exactly what happened, but I didn't agree with it.
"I am surprised a simple push would send Koller over, but the referee made the right decision."