FRANKFURT, March 28 A late double strike from
Hamit Altintop, aided by goalkeeping fumbles, earned Turkey a
2-2 draw against Norway in their Euro 2008 Group C qualifier on
Simen Brenne gave Norway a surprise lead after 31 minutes
when he picked up a lobbed ball in the area and guide it past
Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel. Martin Andresen doubled their
lead in the 40th minute with a shot into the left-hand corner.
Hamit pulled one back in the 72nd minute when he drove in a
powerful free kick straight at goalkeeper Thomas Myhre, who
failed to hold the ball.
In the 89th minute Hamit repeated the feat, firing in a free
kick from the left which ran through Myhre's legs into the net.
The result kept Turkey at the top of Group C on 13 points,
one ahead of European champions Greece.
The match was played behind closed doors on neutral
territory in Frankfurt under a FIFA punishment imposed after a
brawl at a Turkish World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in