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Group B 2차전 FIFA World Youth Championship 
 
Turks do enough to leave Panama despondent (0:1) 
(FIFA.com) 14 Jun 2005  
  
Goals Scored: GULEC Gokhan (TUR) 24'  
  
Gokhan Gulec hits the net to celebrate his winner for Turkey against Panama. Willem Vernes PRO SHOTS  
  
A Gokhan Gulec first half goal saw Turkey beat Panama in their second match in Group B of the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next stage alive. The Turks could afford to spurn numerous chances in both halves at the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht.  
   
Panama, who battled hard throughout the 90 minutes, were punished for their inability to threaten up front, and now know their hopes of qualification rest on a big win over China on Friday. 
  
Coach Senol Ustaomer singled out the players' attitude as the one important reason that led to their success afterwards: "The team knew this was a match we had too win and they did their utmost to get the job done. We made five changes and our tactical plan worked well." 
  
With swathes of Turkey supporters pouring into the stadium, it was expected to feel like another 'home match' for Turkey. Cheered on by the deafening drums and chants from their supporters' bands in the stands, Turkey started the match strongly. Ergun Teber was awarded a free kick from the left but the Turkey captain saw his effort flash wide. 
  
Knowing a defeat would make their cause almost hopeless, Panama defended gallantly and hit back on the break. They seemed a different side to the one which faced Ukraine - looking solid at the back and threatening on the counter. Their first shot came after seven minutes, when a series of dizzying passes cut through the Turkey defence but Edwin Aguilar's shot was well saved by keeper Serkan Kirintili. 
  
Only two minutes later, it was again Aguilar who got his head to a Luis Gallardo free kick from the right, but he couldn't quite direct his header on target. A respite followed after the early exchanges as the two sides failed to carve out clear chances. Predictably, most of the action was taking place in midfield. 
  
Turkey were reduced to hitting long, hopeful passes with the Central Americans looking the more likely to break the deadlock. Reggie Arosemena showed his trickery when he picked up a throw-in on the right before carrying the ball into Turkey's area. With two defenders beside him, the Tauro forward turned well only to steer his shot wide of the near post. 
  
Aytac Ak showed all his determination against the Panamanians. (PRO SHOTS) Willem Vernes  
  
Gulec makes the difference 
This spurred a response from the Europeans - one which saw the game decided. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Sezer Ozturk launched a swift attack from left. He weaved into the Panama area and cleverly picked out Olcan Adin almost on the goal line, who sent a low cross to the far post. An onrushing Gokhan Gulec made no mistake tapping in from close range. (1:0, 24')  
  
The long-awaited goal sent Turkey fans wild in the stands and inspired the team to up the tempo. On the half-an-hour mark Turkey were awarded a free kick just outside the area and Sezer Ozturk caught out the Panama defence by cutting the ball back instead of sending a cross, but Zafer Sakar shot hastily and the chance went begging. 
  
Sezer Ozturk again stepped up for a free-kick from 20m out, but the 18-year-old, who converted two free-kicks in their 3-2 win over Switzerland in last year's UEFA Youth Championship, failed to display his flair as a set-piece specialist. 
  
The second half saw Turkey look more their normal selves as they increased the pressure on Panama penning the Central Americans in their own third. They never looked in danger of losing the lead and thought they had doubled it when Gokhan Gulec directed home a Ergun Teber cross from the left only to see his effort disallowed for offside. 
  
Taciturn Panama coach Victor Mendieta used few words to express his disappointment: "Good spirit, disappointing results. But I would like to say they are good players as they we played well and were unlucky not to win this match."