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Senegal vs. Turkey

June 21, 2002|Mike Penner

*--* Saturday, 4:30 a.m. PDT, at Gwangju, South Korea TV: ESPN, Ch. 34. Delayed: Ch. 46, 2:30 p.m How they got here: Senegal, second place in Group A, defeated Sweden in the second round on Henri Camara's overtime goal, 2-1. Turkey, second place in Group C, defeated Japan in the second round, 1-0 Senegal update: Senegal has been delighting old fans and creating new ones with its adventurous, attacking style. After the Senegalese squandered a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Uruguay, many in the media dredged up the stereotypes about African soccer--i.e., African teams aren't defensively disciplined enough for extended runs at the World Cup. Senegal took care of that cliche by rallying from a 1-0 deficit against a strong Swedish team and winning in the 118th minute on a goal off the post by Camara. Only one other African nation had advanced this far in a World Cup, 1990 quarterfinalist Cameroon Turkey update: The Turks have progressed further than expected, especially with star forward Hakan Suker failing to score in four matches. Suker, who has 35 goals in 77 national-team appearances, hasn't scored for Turkey since April, when he managed a goal during an exhibition match against Chile. Winger Hasan Sas has scored two goals. The Turks played Japan without Emre Asik and Emre Belozoglu because of suspensions. Both will return for the quarterfinal Outlook: Turkey already ruined Japan's party, so Senegal had best be wary

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