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Dating back to 1952, there has been 15 encounters between the Swiss and the Turkish outfit, but this will be their first battle in over 13 years.

Not even an international friendly has been played in that time but Turkey currently have the upper hand because it was them who were victorious in 2008.

It was an embarrassing night for the Swiss because they co-hosted the Euros that year and were the first team to exit the competition.

However, Switzerland started off the game brightly and if it wasn’t for the strong hands of Volkan Demirel, they would have taken the lead early on from a stinger by Hakan Yakin but the Turkish goalkeeper palmed it to safety.

Demirel continued to have his work cut out because the Turkish number one was forced into a fingertip save from a Tranquillo Barnetta free-kick shortly after.

But with the aid of adverse weather conditions, Switzerland finally got their goal when Eren Derdiyok fizzed a ball into the box which was slowed down because of the torrential rain allowing Hakan Yakin to tap it in from close range.

The attacker had the chance to double his tally and double his countries lead before the interval but he couldn’t keep his composure this time round.

And Yakin’s spurred opportunity was punished when a rejuvenated Semih Senturk nodded home Nihat’s cross 12 minutes into the second half putting Turkey on level terms.

There was a continuous downpour during the entirety of the match which made it difficult for both sides to put any kind of possession together.

So for a while it seemed as if the match was going to fizzle out to a stalemate.

But Turkish attacker Arda Turan took it upon himself in injury time to cut inside from the wing and let fly which ultimately resulted in the ball beating Diego Benaglio via a wicked deflection making it 2-1 to Turkey.


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