Turkey bounce back to beat Belgium

ISTANBUL - Arda Turan scored 12 minutes from time from a deflected strike to help Turkey rebound from an early scare and secure a 3-2 win over Belgium in their Euro 2012 Group A qualifier, maintaining their strong start.

A Daniel Van Buyten header had given Belgium the lead in the 28th minute. The visitors stayed in front until early in the second half when Hamit Altintop scored from a rebound after goalkeeper Logan Bailly saved his first shot.

Belgium were dealt a further blow in the 64th minute when Vincent Kompany was sent off for a second yellow card. Turkey capitalised two minutes later with a goal from Semih Senturk.

The home side's lead lasted only last three minutes before Van Buyten again scored with a header off a free-kick.

But Turkey had the last word, with Turan scoring the winning goal in the 78th minute when his shot was deflected off a Belgian defender and past Bailly.

The match was Dutch coach Guus Hiddink's second competitive game in charge of Turkey since taking over in August.

Turkey, who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008, had started their campaign with a 3-0 victory against Kazakhstan on Friday.

Belgium have now lost their opening two games, having suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Germany in their opening match.

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