It was great to see Newcastle United midfielder Emre back from injury last night, as Turkey registered a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in the first of their Euro 2008 warm-up matches.
Emre – played the second half against Slovakia
The 27-year-old has not played for the first team since early February and he was brought on as a second half substitute and put in a good 45 minutes.
As we reported yesterday Kevin Keegan, who will be watching Emre closely during the Euro 2008 championships, was allowed to join up with the Turkish national squad before the last game of the season in a bid to build his fitness.
Another great man management gesture from the maestro.
Turkey are preparing for the Euro 2008 championships at a training camp in Germany and are set to play friendlies against Finland and Uruguay before their opening group match with Portugal on June 7.
Galatasary defender Hakan Balta scored the only goal against the Slovaks with Emre a half-time introduction in what his 52nd appearance for his country.
It doesn’t look like one of our targets Arada Turan got a run out yesterday.
Here’s the video of the turkey goal.
Turkey: Rustu Recber, Hakan Kadir Balta (Ugur Boral, 78), Gokhan Zan, Mehmet Topal (Emre Belozoglu, 46), Mehmet Aurelio, Semih Senturk (Halil Altintop 65), Ibrahim Kas (Sabri Sarioglu, 46), Tuncay Sanli, Kazim Kazim, Mevlut Erdinc (Gokdeniz Karadeniz, 46), Emre Gungor.
Slovakia: Stefan Senecky, Matej Krajcik, Martin Skrtel, Tomas Hubocan, Marek Hamsik, Stanislav Sestak (Jaroslav Kolbas, 86), Marek Mintal (Filip Holosko, 78) (Martin Jakubko, 67), Marek Cech (Igor Zofcak, 67), Robert Vittek, Peter Petras, Radoslav Zabavnik.