Moldova 1-1 Turkey Chisinau, 13/10/07
Frunza 11, Karan 63

Turkey managed to retain the UFWC title against the Moldovans – just – but their Euro 2008 qualifying hopes suffered a huge blow. The Crescent Stars travelled to Moldova needing to take all three points, but they left with only a draw.

And it could have been much worse for Turkey, after Moldova took an 11th minute lead through Viorel Frunza’s header. The Turks fought back, but it was not until Umit Karan came off the substitutes’ bench that they drew level, the Galatasaray striker equalising in the 63rd minute. Turkey had the better of the remainder of the match, but Moldova held on to claim a draw.

Turkey will next play European Champions Greece on Wednesday evening.

Moldova: Calancea; Golovatenco, Epureanu, Savinov, Corneencov, Boridan; Josan, Zmeu (Namasco 67), Gatcan (Olexici 89); Comlenoc, Frunza (Calincov 86).

Turkey: Hakan Arikan (Demirel 17); Servet Cetin, Gokhan Zan, Uzulmez, Emre Belozoglu; Mehmet Topuz, Aurelio, Arda Turan (Tumer Metin 69), Inan (Umit Karan 46); Tuncay Sanli, Gokhan Unal.

About Paul Brown

Paul is a freelance journalist and author. He created the UFWC in 2003, and subsequently wrote the Unofficial Football World Champions book. He can be found on Twitter @paulbrownUK.