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Turkey wins European amputee football championship

Turkey defeats England 2-1 thanks to last-minute goal in Istanbul

09.10.2017
Turkey wins European amputee football championship

By Suha Gur

ISTANBUL

Turkey's national amputee football team defeated England 2-1 Monday evening in Istanbul's Vodafone Park to become European champions.

An emotional evening in Besiktas's home stadium proved to be a title night for a Turkish amputee football team that scored the winning goal in injury time to claim the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF) championship.

Turkey led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal in the 25th minute by Omer Guleryuz.

Although the dominant display from the Turkish team continued until the final minute, England's Ray Westbrook still managed to tie the game in the 50th minute.

However, Turkish team captain Osman Cakmak scored two minutes later to give Turkey the title. Amputee football games are 50 minutes long -- two halves of 25 minutes.


UEFA praises 'incredible' Turkish amputee footballers

The performance of Turkey’s triumphant amputee footballers was described as “incredible” by UEFA on Tuesday. 

“40,000 fans watch hosts Turkey beat England 2-1. Fantastic support for incredible athletes,” UEFA tweeted, including a photo of Turkish fans rejoicing with victory after Monday night’s win in Istanbul.

The match -- which saw the Turkish team crowned European champions -- was played at Besiktas’s Vodafone Park.

Some leading football websites also carried the victory on their pages. 

“Turkey scored in injury time to win the Amputee European Championship,” ESPN FC tweeted.

“This is why we love the game,” it added.

San Francisco-based sports news site, Bleacher Report, highlighted photos of Turkish players celebrating after the victory.

“This is how it feels to win the Amputee European Championship,” it wrote, adding the Turkish flag and heart emoji just near the message.

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