The odds are stacked against Turkey as they prepare to take on Germany in Wednesday's Euro 2008 semi-final clash in Basel.
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Time is over! GERMANY is in final!Our congratulations to Bundesteam! Thank Turkey for their unbeliveble games, after Turkish matches someone started to belive in magic. They have bronze medals, bravo!
90'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 3-2!! German miracle!! LAHM! Philip comes from the left wing, runs into the penatly area and strikes. No chance to Rьєtь Reзber. Turkish magic is over.
85'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 2-2!! FANTACTIC! Turkey! It is truly unbelieveble, Turkey third time equals in the last minutes. Sabri crosses to Semih and he scores. It is really fantasctic!
78'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 2-1!!! Klose!! After cross and mistake by Rьєtь Reзber Klose strikes in the empty net!!
26'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 1-1! Schweinsteiger equals the score! Podolski crosses from the left wing and Bastian was first on ball. 1 moment, 1 goal. Superb realization by Germany!
22'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 0-1!!! Nevertheless Turkey scorad a goal! They deserves it, after cross-bar ball comes to Baral and he strikes Lehmann's gates. Fantastic start!
Fatih Terim's men are missing a host of players through injury and suspension as they prepare to tackle Joachim Low's tournament favourites.
And in their four matches to reach this stage of the competition, Turkey have only held the lead for a grand total of one minute.
After losing to Portugal in their opening fixture, they saw off Switzerland with a stoppage-time goal from Arda Turan, before scoring three times in the final 15 minutes to stun the Czech Republic with Nihat Kahveci's sumptuous winner coming in the 89th minute.
They again looked to be heading home when Ivan Klasnic struck for Croatia in the 119th minute of their quarter-final clash, only for Semih Senturk to level with the last kick of the game before a dramatic shoot-out triumph.
Having come back from the brink so spectacularly on two separate occasions, Turkey have proved that rumours of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Germany may not have made the serene progress expected from them to qualify in second place behind Croatia in Group B, but their outstanding display in demolishing Portugal in the last eight served notice of their title intentions.
Portugal's defending left much to be desired on more than one occasion and Low cannot expect even a makeshift Turkey defence to be so generous.
Terim is expected to have just 13 outfield players at his disposal, and has even joked that third-choice goalkeeper Tolga Zengin could appear in an outfield role as a substitute if required.
Suspension rules four men out for Terim with Volkan Demirel, Tuncay Sanli, Arda and Emre Asik all banned, while Nihat and Emre Gungor will play no further part in the tournament through injury.
Emre Belozoglu is out with a hamstring tear, Servet Cetin is unlikely to feature due to a knee injury, while midfielder Tumer Metin is battling a groin problem which is expected to limit him to a substitute appearance at best.
Low, by contrast, has a fully-fit squad at his disposal with midfielder Torsten Frings available again after a broken rib kept him out of the victory over Portugal.
Should Frings be brought back into the starting XI at St Jakob-Park, then Thomas Hitzlsperger or Simon Rolfes are expected to make way.
Any players who have already been booked in the tournament go into the semi-final safe in the knowledge that another yellow card will not rule them out of the final, after Uefa changed the rules to expunge previous cautions from the record.