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Senegal and Turkey target semis

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Senegal pit their flair against a determined Turkey side on Saturday in a quarter-final that ensures Brazil will face a surprise team in the last four of the World Cup.

Both sides have far exceeded their pre-World Cup ambitions and debutants Senegal, who beat champions France in their opening game, are convinced they can make history by becoming the first African team to reach the semifinals.

"The challenge is to do better than any African side has ever done," said Senegal's French coach Bruno Metsu.

For the Turks, it's the perfect chance to prove they are a nation that deserves a permanent place at soccer's top table.

"I just want my players to do what they have always done - spectacular things," coach Senol Gunes said.

Gunes said he hoped for a "colourful, beautiful match" but it is likely to be a physical contest between the strong, skilful Senegalese and Turkey's hard-working midfield core.


The two coaches have been trading barbs all week and Turkey are braced for rough treatment in aerial challenges.

"I accept that football is a hard game but if you have a chance to view (Senegal) videos you will see in every air challenge, it's elbow first, it's remarkable," Gunes said.

Metsu said Gunes was running scared ahead of a battle the smaller Turks would lose.

"He is just preparing the ground in advance by saying we commit fouls in the air," Metsu said.

Gunes predicted the Senegalese would not last the full 90 minutes and Metsu is concerned his team are tired after all their heroics. Senegal conceded three second half goals against Uruguay in the group stage to draw 3-3.

"In the Uruguay match during the final part of the game, despite playing very well, there was a fall-off in the Senegalese. They fade toward the end of the game," Gunes said.

The Turks have midfielder Emre Belozoglu returning from suspension. He is set to push Ergun Penbe out of midfield and into defence to replace Hakan Unsal, who has a knee injury.

Metsu expects captain Aliou Cisse to play in defence despite a heavily strapped left calf. Midfield pair Khalilou Fadiga and Salif Diao are also available again after missing the Sweden game through suspension.

Probable teams:

Senegal (4-5-1): 1-Tony Sylva; 2-Omar Daf, 4-Pape Malick Diop, 6-Aliou Cisse (captain), 17-Ferdinand Coly; 10-Khalilou Fadiga, 5-15-Salif Diao, 19-Pape Bouba Diop 14-Moussa Ndiaye, 7-Henri Camara; 11-El Hadji Diouf.

Turkey (4-5-1): 1-Rustu Recber; 4-Fatih Akyel, 3-Bulent Korkmaz, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 18-Ergun Penbe; 22-Umit Davala, 8-Tugay Kerimoglu, 10-Yildiray Basturk, 21-Emre Belozoglu, 11-Hasan Sas; 9-Hakan Sukur.

Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)

Jorge Rattalino (Argentina)
Miguel Giacomuzzi (Paraguay)

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