Latvia qualify for Euro 2004 finals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Latvia scored two late goals in Istanbul for a 2-2 draw against Turkey in the Euro 2004 playoffs to win a place in the finals.

Istanbul:

Latvia scored two late goals in Istanbul on Wednesday for a 2-2 draw against Turkey in the Euro 2004 playoffs to win a place in the finals. The Latvians, who shocked the World Cup semi-finalists with a 1-0 victory in Riga on Saturday, secured their first appearance in the finals of a major international tournament when Maris Verpakovskis equalised in the 77th minute. Turkey, who dominated the match, took the lead in the 21st minute with an exquisite long-range effort from Besiktas striker Ilhan Mansiz and added a second from Hakan Sukur shortly after the interval. Jurijs Laizans latched onto a freekick in the 66th minute to get Latvia back into the tie and Verpakovskis sealed the aggregate victory 11 minutes later, running into the Turkish penalty area and beat Omer Catkic with a right-footed drive. (AP)

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