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Turkey Wins European Amputee Football Championship

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

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressend his congratulated in a telegram and in a Twitter message by, the Presidency said in a statement.

"I wholeheartedly congratulate the amputee national football team who became Europe champion by defeating England. Turkey is proud of you!" Erdogan wrote in his Twitter account.

According to the Prime Ministry, the premier Binali Yildirim also congratulated Ugur Ozcan, the team's coach, in a phone call.

 

 

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