Istanbul time: 07:00PM
The longest 90 minutes starts.
Why? Turkey and Armenia are at the crossroads of history with the upcoming 2010 World Cup Classification Games between the two countries to be held in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.
Very frustrating minutes that easily not come to end... I cannot just look at a narrow timeframe. Because we being two peoples who share a long and common history are coming together for very first time in football. It was giving me a feeling as if playing game to my brother... How would you react?
Then I receive a few calls from my Armenian descent friends whom I knew from my childhood, telling their wishes like 'Hope Turkey wins. Turkey plays very good.' Their sincerity and those many moments I hold deep in my heart since our friendship is true happiness and bliss, I think. Gives me hope and courage to carry on. I believe it's then that I find my inner strength, not wining a race, an argument, a battle or winning the lottery.
The hard match starts.
Tuncay gave the lead GOLLLLLLLL in the 61st minute. I noticed that our team was not playing well. Maybe they were in the same feelings like me... This first score could not be really enough? The bird in my heart wanted to get out, to stop the match, but I was too tough for him, I say, stay in there. I'm not going to let anybody see you;) He did not understand but it's a combination of sport and strategy; football. Rules and tactics. No mistakes acceptable on the edge of competition.
Before too long, Semih made the second GOLLLLLLLL in the 79th minute, not forgiving on a defender's mistake.
My heart still beats too fast, maybe a third one?
No. Oh Thankfully, guys:) 90th minute ends.
Second half-goals yesterday gave Turkey, EURO2008 semifinalist and the 3rd finished in the Championship, a 2-0 winning start to the World Cup qualifying campaign against Armenia in the First match:
Sep 6 ~ Armenia - Turkey: 0 - 2
Oh very exciting moments to air!
On Wednesday, Sep 10 '08, we will host Belgium in Istanbul, and Armenia is at European Champion Spain. Stay tuned!