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Matchday Europe

Who will join Germany in Wednesday's semifinals?

It's Croatia vs. Turkey, 2:45 (ESPN).

Your in-game and postgame commentary is welcome.


By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2008; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  European Championship  
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Croatia wins it, but Turkey makes a sweet game of it. Croatia is a great team (as bad as England are Croatia did the double on them). Turkey are also a great side that have grit and fight to complement their skill, but losing the keeper will prove too much today. Either way this is going to be a heck of a game.

Posted by: Kosh | June 20, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse


I meant to say England are a bad team, but not an easy team to beat - and Croatia did the double on them (beating them at Wembley to boot).

I did not like the way my previous post read.

Posted by: Kosh | June 20, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

End to end action... could be the game of the tournament.

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 20, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Turkey is fighting to the death.

Posted by: arlington4united | June 20, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

is the field really narrow?

Posted by: paul | June 20, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Joe Doc:
Turkey vs. Czech Republic was definitely the game of the tournament. This game, although it has had its chances, hasn't been at all like the Turkey - C. Republic match.

Posted by: bob | June 20, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

now that the game is gone in extra time, what exactly will you appear on comcast?

Posted by: arlington4united | June 20, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed that Franco Niell made Forbes' "Highest Paid Bench Warmers" list.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | June 20, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Croatia/Turkey, WOW what a match.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | June 20, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

you knew that turkey would score, what a finish, should time have been added, one minute, for the celebration?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

WOW wow wow wow wow wow.

Posted by: Garret | June 20, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm never ever going to miss another Turkey game, my god they are fun to watch.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 20, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Turkey over germany...

Posted by: dc fan | June 20, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse


German's gonna have to score five goals in the first half just to have a chance against Turkey. But waitaminnit -- they have Hans Lehmann in goal . . . better make it SEVEN goals . . .

Posted by: Juan-John | June 20, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Germany-Turkey will be a great game to watch. There will be so much passion in the stands...this game is practically a derby...should be fun.

Posted by: BigWave | June 20, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Well color me wrong. Man, can the Turks entertain! What a match.

Though you've gotta fault Croatia for...

* Attacking so reclessly with seconds to go and getting caught offside so high up the field.
*For letting that last gasp Rustu bomb bounce.

You've heard it a thousand times: at this level of soccer, if you switch off, even for a second, you pay and pay Croatia did. Dearly. Plus the inability to finish PKs is something that cannot be tolerated at this level - but after 120+ and having the tie come so late, I suppose I can understand, somewhat.

Great effort, tremendous heart and admirable grit by the Turks but the other shoe must surely drop now against mine Mannshcaft, no?

I love this session of the Euros. I LOVE IT!!

Posted by: Kosh | June 20, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

you knew that turkey would score, what a finish, should time have been added, one minute, for the celebration?

Posted by: | June 20, 2008 5:20 PM

One minute was added before the goal, and that time was essentially gone when the goal was scored. In fact, the Croatian coach appeared to be arguing that the ref was remiss in not getting the whistle into his mouth before the goal was scored. If there had been additional minutes to be played, then the ref would have taken the celebration into account.

Posted by: tri-village | June 20, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

If you did DVR the game, make sure you watch it. It was a classic. You know the score by now, but this game was a reminder of why we are all addicted to SI, DC United, etc...It's what binds us together. Enjoy!

Posted by: Friendship Heights | June 20, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Probably the strangest game since South Korea beat Spain in 2002.

Posted by: MtP | June 20, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Only thing that needs to be said is: WOW.

And Rob Stone needs a gag. His response to today's wonderful spectacle was to make Turkey and Tryptophan jokes and say "A team is always most vulnerable after they get scored upon". Huh?

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | June 20, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

DVRd this as an afterthought -- something to watch after mowing the lawn while the wife TGIFd. My god, what entertainment! I'm hoping Cenan's in Vienna has free samples after that.

Posted by: Murph | June 20, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Just adding my holy jesus this tournament sure has been entertaining hasn't it two cents.
Rob Stone is his name right?
It's nice that you can get up and really take your half time, now that there are no goals or lack there of to check out at the interval.
The Weeds Vs Reds is gonna be crazy.
I am still waiting to watch a boring game. Insert boring western conference MLS game here:

Posted by: Dadryan | June 21, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Turks will destroy the Germans.

Posted by: fff | June 21, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

As fun as the Turks have been to watch I think they will really struggle against the Germans. They have a couple of VERY important players out suspended and the injuries are really piling up too. Could be a real anti-climax.

I think the referee was right to add a minute after the Croatians' long celebration after the goal. And it is more or less tradition to let the team that is behind complete one last chance if it is imminent.

Posted by: Glenn | June 21, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Triple wow. I thought the Turkish comeback against the Czechs would be the wild one of the tournament, but this one was one for the ages. Has to be the biggest heartbreak game I've seen -- Srno was bawling! Nice to see the ancient Turkish keeper stop the fourth PK to seal the deal. Turks better pray their appeal against Volkan's suspension is given...

Even so, with so many key injuries (including possibly Nihat), suspensions, and Germany's extra day of rest, I can't see them giving Germany any kind of run.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 21, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The WNT edged Canada, 1-0, in OT in the Unification Cup championship game. I wonder how much coverage this event has been getting in that other great Washington newspaper.

Posted by: tri-village | June 21, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Clarification: It was second-half stoppage time, not OT.

Posted by: tri-village | June 21, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Anything can happen when the Turks take the field, especially in this tournament. If Fritz & Gomez are on the field it will be difficult for Germany, but I think he Turks will face a very dangerous German attack & midfield. How many more miracle endings can the Turks have in them?

Posted by: spike_2.0 | June 21, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

WOW! The Special Once on "I'm on Setanta Sports" just mentioned Soccer Insider. Nice job!

The Special One is watching you!

Posted by: jyindc | June 21, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@myself, oops, welcome to last month. didn't realize I was watching repeats.

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