World Cup 2010 - Qualifying matches

Turkey 1 - Spain 2

Turkey: Volkan; Gonul, Uzulmez, Emre Asik, Hakan Balta; Mehmet Aurelio, Emre Belozoglu; Tuncay, Nihat (Karadeniz 77'), Arda Turan (Sahin 88'); Sentürk (Sabri 81'). 4-2-3-1.
Spain: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Marchena, Piqué, Capdevila; David Silva (Sergio Busquets 74'), Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Marcos Senna (Cazorla 67'), Riera; Fernando Torres (Güiza 86'). 4-5-1.

1-0. 27. Sentürk. Turned ball in to net from close up after Tuncay passed across.
1-1. 63. Xabi Alonso (penalty). After Uzulmez blocked Torres header with hands.
1-2. 92. Riera. Got on end of Güiza cross to beat Volkan on rapid break-away.

Spain extended their unbeaten run to 31 games after a last minute 1-2 win over Turkey. Vicente Del Bosque only made three changes from the side which beat their opponents four days ago, Marchena returning after a one match ban and Silva and Riera drafted in for Cazorla and Villa, with Fernando Torres operating alone up front.

Riera tested Volkan with a dipping shot early on, and the keeper was in the right place to save from Torres a few minutes later. The home side took the lead against the run of play though when Tuncay collected Arda's pass and poked the ball across Casillas for Sentürk to score in to an empty net.

Nihat missed a couple of chances to increase the lead either side of half time, but with just over an hour gone a Torres header was blocked by the hands of Uzulmez, and Xabi Alonso stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. Volkan made a spectacular save from Torres, and Casillas had to keep out Tuncay at the other end. But with a draw seemingly on the cards, substitute Güiza latched on to Marchena's long clearance to cross in for Riera to score the winner.

Spain's first win ever in Turkey means they top the group with six wins out of six, and their run of straight victories now extends to eleven in a row. Turkey themselves are now four points adrift of Bosnia in third place after the East Europeans beat Belgium for the second time in four days, and their chances of qualifying are now remote.