Turkey came out and really took it to the Germans, who seemed listless for the first 20 minutes. Altintop showed great initiative, and Turkey looked dangerous around Germany's goal -- particularly when Kasim hit the crossbar. The goal in the 22nd minute was kind of flukey, but it came off a well-executed throw in and cross. Germany came quickly back and scored within 5 minutes. Then, with 11 minutes to go, and the international video feed down, Klose got in front of the Turkish keeper and headed in what looked like a sure winner. But of course Turkey came back and Semih scored a terrific redirect past Lehmann at the near post. 2-2 with about 5 minutes to go -- it had to be extra time.
But Germany had a little magic left -- a fantastic bit of skill on a one-two that released Lahm on the left side of the goal, and he finished like a striker, into the top corner. Over, fittingly, in the 90th minute.
Major props to Turkey. What a performance. They are clearly on the international stage to stay. Germany won, but they looked beatable: shaky under pressure around their goal, unable to maintain possession in midfield, and reliant on counter-attacking against a depleted and stretched Turkish defense. May work against Russia, but probably not as well against Spain.