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.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (10)

Turkey

  • 01 Zengin
  • 07 Gönül (Camdal - 72' )
  • 18 Erkin
  • 08 Ozyakup (Yilmaz - 45' )
  • 02 Kaya
  • 22 Gülüm
  • 21 Büyük (Ucan - 67' )
  • 15 Topal
  • 19 Erding (Töre - 77' )
  • 05 Kisa (Sahan - 83' )
  • 14 Turan (Dogan - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Dogan
  • 04 Demir
  • 06 Ucan
  • 09 Bulut
  • 10 Sahan
  • 11 Töre
  • 12 Kirintili
  • 13 Ciftçi
  • 16 Aziz
  • 17 Yilmaz
  • 20 Sararer
  • 23 Ayvaz
  • 24 Camdal
  • 26 Kara
  • 27 Altinay
  • 28 Karabulut

Northern Ireland

  • 01 Carroll (Mannus - 45' )
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Lafferty (McGivern - 76' )
  • 05 Evans
  • 06 Baird
  • 18 Hughes
  • 16 Norwood Booked
  • 10 Clingan (McKay - 75' )
  • 09 Paterson
  • 07 McGinn (Steele - 67' )
  • 08 Davis

Substitutes

  • 04 McArdle
  • 12 Mannus
  • 14 McKay
  • 15 Grigg
  • 17 Steele
  • 19 McGivern
  • 20 McPake
Ref: Bas Nijhuis

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

6 1

Corners

9 5

Fouls

7 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

90:00 +2:49

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Tarik Camdal.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Burak Yilmaz (Turkey).

90:00 +2:31

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:00

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Salih Ucan.

90:00 +1:02

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +0:31

Attempt missed. Gökhan Töre (Turkey) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tarik Camdal.

88:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Ishak Dogan replaces Arda Turan.

87:49

Offside, Turkey. Semih Kaya tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.

83:37

Arda Turan (Turkey) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:37

Foul by Jonathan Steele (Northern Ireland).

82:59

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Olcay Sahan replaces Bilal Kisa.

81:41

Attempt saved. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

79:45

Offside, Turkey. Bilal Kisa tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.

78:05

Tarik Camdal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:05

Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).

77:47

Attempt blocked. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caner Erkin.

77:07

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan McGivern with a cross.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Gökhan Töre replaces Mevlut Erding.

75:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Ryan McGivern replaces Daniel Lafferty.

74:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Billy McKay replaces Sammy Clingan.

73:24

Attempt blocked. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.

73:08

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

72:59

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.

71:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Tarik Camdal replaces Gökhan Gönül.

70:41

Caner Erkin (Turkey) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:41

Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).

66:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Salih Ucan replaces Adem Büyük.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jonathan Steele replaces Niall McGinn.

65:57

Foul by Caner Erkin (Turkey).

65:57

Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:10

Offside, Turkey. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Burak Yilmaz is caught offside.

59:37

Attempt blocked. Semih Kaya (Turkey) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan.

59:22

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

59:12

Attempt missed. Mevlut Erding (Turkey) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

59:09

Attempt blocked. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

59:08

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.

57:40

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Hodson.

53:21

Foul by Arda Turan (Turkey).

53:21

Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:12

Mehmet Topal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:12

Foul by Steven Davis (Northern Ireland).

46:39

Adem Büyük (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:39

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Turkey. Burak Yilmaz replaces Oguzhan Ozyakup.

45:00

Second Half begins Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northern Ireland. Alan Mannus replaces Roy Carroll.

45:00 +5:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

45:00 +2:27

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

45:00 +2:03

Mehmet Topal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:03

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

45:00 +1:14

Attempt missed. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Arda Turan.

45:00 +0:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0. Mevlut Erding (Turkey) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ersan Gülüm.

45:00 +0:52

Attempt blocked. Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:46 Booking

Booking Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:30

Bilal Kisa (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:30

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

39:44

Adem Büyük (Turkey) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:44

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

39:00

Bilal Kisa (Turkey) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:00

Foul by Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland).

38:42

Foul by Adem Büyük (Turkey).

38:42

Chris Baird (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:20

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

36:45

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Adem Büyük.

33:58

Foul by Adem Büyük (Turkey).

33:58

Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:50

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

25:06

Bilal Kisa (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:06

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

24:17

Attempt missed. Oguzhan Ozyakup (Turkey) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bilal Kisa following a corner.

23:51

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

22:01

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

21:21

Hand ball by Bilal Kisa (Turkey).

21:04

Attempt blocked. Adem Büyük (Turkey) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

20:17

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

16:45

Attempt missed. Ersan Gülüm (Turkey) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Caner Erkin with a cross following a corner.

16:13

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

15:26

Oguzhan Ozyakup (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:26

Foul by Steven Davis (Northern Ireland).

15:10

Mehmet Topal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:10

Foul by Niall McGinn (Northern Ireland).

13:29

Mehmet Topal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:29

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Northern Ireland).

12:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:22

Delay in match Adem Büyük (Turkey) because of an injury.

11:10

Arda Turan (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:10

Foul by Lee Hodson (Northern Ireland).

10:33

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Semih Kaya.

9:17

Attempt blocked. Ersan Gülüm (Turkey) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

9:14

Attempt blocked. Adem Büyük (Turkey) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bilal Kisa with a cross.

8:46

Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

6:33

Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:33

Foul by Ersan Gülüm (Turkey).

5:49

Offside, Turkey. Arda Turan tries a through ball, but Adem Büyük is caught offside.

5:01

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland).

5:01

Adem Büyük (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:40

Attempt saved. Bilal Kisa (Turkey) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adem Büyük.

2:02

Offside, Turkey. Caner Erkin tries a through ball, but Mevlut Erding is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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