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Turkey 1-0 Northern Ireland

Oliver Norwood goes close for N Ireland

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.

Line-ups

Turkey

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Zengin
  • 7GönülSubstituted forCamdalat 72'minutes
  • 18Erkin
  • 8OzyakupSubstituted forYilmazat 45'minutes
  • 2Kaya
  • 22Gülüm
  • 21BüyükSubstituted forUcanat 67'minutes
  • 15Topal
  • 19ErdingSubstituted forTöreat 77'minutes
  • 5KisaSubstituted forSahanat 83'minutes
  • 14TuranSubstituted forDoganat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dogan
  • 4Demir
  • 6Ucan
  • 9Bulut
  • 10Sahan
  • 11Töre
  • 12Kirintili
  • 13Ciftçi
  • 16Aziz
  • 17Yilmaz
  • 20Sararer
  • 23Ayvaz
  • 24Camdal
  • 26Kara
  • 27Altinay
  • 28Karabulut

Northern Ireland

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1CarrollSubstituted forMannusat 45'minutes
  • 2Hodson
  • 3LaffertySubstituted forMcGivernat 76'minutes
  • 5Evans
  • 6Baird
  • 18Hughes
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 42mins
  • 10ClinganSubstituted forMckayat 75'minutes
  • 9Paterson
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forSteeleat 67'minutes
  • 8Davis

Substitutes

  • 4McArdle
  • 12Mannus
  • 14Mckay
  • 15Grigg
  • 17Steele
  • 19McGivern
  • 20McPake
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis

Match Stats

Home TeamTurkeyAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Turkey 1, Northern Ireland 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Tarik Camdal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Burak Yilmaz (Turkey).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Salih Ucan.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Ishak Dogan replaces Arda Turan.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Steele (Northern Ireland).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Olcay Sahan replaces Bilal Kisa.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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