Sukur sets speed record
Turkey tops Korea 3-2 for third place, scoring in 11 secondsPosted: Saturday June 29, 2002 6:42 AM
Updated: Saturday June 29, 2002 5:18 PM
TAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) -- Hakan Sukur hit the fastest goal in World Cup finals history after 11 seconds and Ilhan Mansiz added two as Turkey beat South Korea 3-2 to claim third place on Saturday.
A forward ball from Ilhan sent Hakan Sukur clear, who then spun his veteran marker Hong Myung-bo and beat goalkeeper Lee Woon-jae with a left-foot shot from 16 meters straight from the kickoff.
It was a disappointing end for South Korea's extraordinary campaign which has sparked unprecedented support from their countrymen and a somewhat subdued note for their inspirational coach Guus Hiddink to step down as had been long planned. (Korea puts Asian soccer on map.)
The match, though, was the perfect hors d'oeuvre for Sunday's World Cup final in Yokohama between Germany and Brazil.
The previous fastest goal, timed at 15 seconds, was by former Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Masek in an opening round game against Mexico in the 1962 finals in Chile.
Turkey were playing in only their second World Cup finals and first in 48 years. (Turks take third, go home as heroes.)
They thoroughly deserved the tournament's bronze medal by quieting another passionate South Korean capacity crowd in an exciting match full of attacking play -- unusual in an anticlimactic fixture which is often treated as a friendly. (Korean fans gather for final party.)
Turkey only lost twice in the tournament, both times to finalists Brazil in their opening match (2-1) and a tightly contested semifinal (1-0). Both they and South Korea were in the last four for the first time.
Hakan Sukur's goal was his first in the tournament but he said it was a case of better late than never.
"The goal was late in coming. I had to wait until today. We got a good win and we showed that if we had been in the final, we would have won," he said in a voice cracking with emotion.
Turkey coach Senol Gunes added: "We are very happy with doing our job properly and honorably. We always said we came with pride and we return with pride. (Ankara celebrates.)
"The Turkish people love my team and my team love the Turkish people. I think it will be a meeting of two lovers tomorrow." (Gunes: Love-in awaiting Turks at home.)
Hiddink, who was lifted bodily aloft by his players after the match, said: "I now recover a little bit but I would like to get third place desperately but we made some big mistakes in the first half in defense.
"There are the emotions of a lost little final. But I can be very proud in general of these guys." (Korea coach, veterans prepare goodbyes.)
South Korea were quick to level Hakan Sukur's record goal, equalizing eight minutes later when midfielder Lee Eul-yong curled a 25-meter free kick into the back of the net.
But in his first game as a starter, Ilhan put Turkey back in the lead in the 13th minute by converting a return pass from Hakan Sukur on the six-meter line, then made it 3-1 in the 32nd with a seven-meter chip over keeper Lee after another one-two with Hakan Sukur.
The second half was thrilling but without further goals until Song Chong-gug scored in the second minute of injury time with a powerful low drive.
The performance put the seal on a wonderful tournament for Ilhan, who scored the golden goal winner in Turkey's quarterfinal 1-0 victory over Senegal and has emerged as one of the attacking finds of the World Cup.
In this match, he particularly linked up well with Hakan Sukur, one of Turkey's few disappointments during the finals, while usual first choice Hasan Sas sat out the match injured.
The second half produced more of the pace which both sides brought to the finals as Korea worked hard to make up the deficit, although neat one-touch passing allowed Turkey to probe the Korean defense.
But Turkey keeper Rustu was rarely tested -- before Song's late consolation -- behind a solid back four which often played the ball out of defense or watched Korean players hit wide.
Third place was by far Turkey's best-ever finals showing, ahead of the ninth spot the only other time they played, back in 1954.
South Korea's fourth place also comes as a boost to local pride as they came to the tournament without a victory in their previous five appearances, but this time swept aside Portugal, Italy and Spain on their way to the semifinals.
Sas out for Turkey; Ahn back in Korea lineup
Turkey forward Hasan Sas was sidelined for Saturday's World Cup third-place playoff against a South Korean lineup bolstered by the return of striker Ahn Jung-hwan to its starting lineup.
Ahn, who scored the winning header in extra time in the second-round win over Italy, started on the bench in the semifinal against Germany due to fatigue. He replaced injured veteran Hwang Sun-hong up front.
Also for the Koreans, defensive midfielder Kim Nam-il was ruled out again with an ankle injury, while injured central defender Choi Jin-cheul was replaced by Lee Min-sung and Lee Chun-soo got a start in the forward line at the expense of Cha Doo-ri.
Sas, who had two goals and was key to Turkey's attack, picked up an abdominal strain in the semifinal loss to Brazil and was replaced in the starting team by Ilhan Mansiz. Mansiz also has two goals in this campaign, including the golden goal winner in extra time in the quarterfinal win over Senegal.
The No. 3 vs. No. 4 match was an anti-climax in France four years ago, with a disheartened Dutch team showing little luster following its narrow semifinal loss to Brazil and going down 2-1 to a pumped Croatian lineup.
But stakes were higher going into Saturday's clash at Daegu's World Cup Stadium. South Korea and Turkey were into the final four at soccer's premier event for the first time and both after unexpected success here.
Turkey, playing in its first World Cup since 1954, lost twice to Brazil and had wins over co-host Japan and Senegal in the knockout phase. The Turks lost 2-1 to Brazil in the first round and then were edged 1-0 by the four-time champions from South America in Wednesday's semifinal.
South Korea hadn't won a match in five previous trips to the finals before topping Group D in the event it's co-hosting with Japan with wins over Poland and Portugal and a draw with the United States.
Back-to-back wins over Italy and Spain propelled the Koreans into the semifinals, where the unprecedented charge ended on a 1-0 loss to Germany in Seoul.
Brazil and Germany meet in the championship match at Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday.
In the only previous World Cup head-to-head, Turkey thrashed South Korea 7-0 at Geneva, Switzerland in 1954.
South Korea 2 Turkey 3 - result
World Cup, third-place playoff
South Korea - Lee Eul-yong 9, Song Chong-gug 90
Turkey - Hakan Sukur 1, Ilhan Mansiz 13, 32
South Korea - Lee Eul-yong
Turkey - Tugay Kerimoglu 50, Rustu Recber 83
Halftime: 1-3; Attendance: 63,483
South Korea (4-4-2): 1-Lee Woon-jae; 22-Song Chong-gug, 15-Lee Min-sung, 20-Hong Myung-bo (7-Kim Tae-young 46), 13-Lee Eul-yong (16-Cha Doo-ri 65); 21-Park Ji-sung, 6-Yoo Sang-chul, 10-Lee Young-pyo, 14-Lee Chun-soo; 19-Ahn Jung-hwan, 9-Seol Ki-hyeon (8-Choi Tai-uk 79)
Turkey (4-4-2): 1-Rustu Recber; 4-Fatih Akyel, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 3-Bulent Korkmaz, 18-Ergun Penbe; 22-Umit Davala (7-Okan Buruk 76), 8-Tugay Kerimoglu, 10-Yildiray Basturk (14-Tayfur Havutcu 86), 21-Emre Belozoglu (20-Hakan Unsal 41); 17-Ilhan Mansiz, 9-Hakan Sukur
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)
Linesmen: Ali Al Traifi (Saudi Arabia), Hector Vergara (Canada)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.