Turkey ensured top spot and qualification from Group D with an emphatic 4-1 win against Costa Rica in Enugu. The two teams shaping up again after the first attempt to play the match was abandoned in the 21st minute yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.
As in the opener against Burkina Faso, Turkey scored in the early stages, incredibly the goal once again came in the third minute. Berkin Arslan threaded a pass into the penalty area to Omer Ali Sahiner who expertly got a yard on his marker to score from 12 yards.
Turkey doubled their lead with a superb team goal on 33 minutes with striker Muhammet Demir claiming his second in as many matches. Ufuk Ozbek cut inside from the right and fed a fine ball for Arslan, who in turn picked out Demir, with the captain hitting a textbook striker's finish from the edge of the box.
The match appeared all over three minutes from the half-time with Engin Bekdemir advancing into the penalty area and drilling past Mauricio Vargas despite having to deal with an acute angle and a host of lurking defenders.
Costa Rica who had yet to mount any meaningful attempts on Deniz Mehmet's goal suddenly took advantage of a Turkey side that appeared to lose concentration with their new-found advantage. Jonathan Moya exacting full toll by finishing easily into an open net after Joel Campbell's shot had rebounded off the post following a defence-splitting pass from Juan Golobio.
Five minutes after the break Turkey could have claimed a seemingly unassailable lead but Demir's impressive curling effort bounced off the underside of the bar and eventually to safety despite the almighty goalmouth scramble which ensued. A minute later the Europeans were then rocked by the dismissal of Onur Karakabak who received his second booking.
Dangerman Demir continued to cause major problems despite often being left isolated, and it was one such occasion that nearly brought a fourth for Turkey but his shot flew the wrong side of the post after leading a handful of defenders a merry dance.
Despite the numerical disadvantage substitute midfielder Gokay Iravul iced the cake with a superb drive from outside the box to score Turkey's fourth goal. Captain Ariel Soto headed against the frame of the goal in the dying minutes but there was to be no consolation for Costa Rica.