Turkish amputee team, fans collect praises after European victory

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Published 10.10.2017 15:04
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The performance of Turkey's triumphant amputee footballers was described as "incredible" by UEFA on Tuesday.

"40,000 fans watch hosts Turkey beat England 2-1. Fantastic support for incredible athletes," UEFA tweeted, including a photo of Turkish fans rejoicing with victory after Monday night's win in Istanbul.

The match -- which saw the Turkish team crowned European champions -- was played at Beşiktaş homed stadium Vodafone Park.

Some leading football websites also carried the victory on their pages.

"Turkey scored in injury time to win the Amputee European Championship," ESPN FC tweeted.

"This is why we love the game," it added.

San Francisco-based sports news site, Bleacher Report, highlighted photos of Turkish players celebrating after the victory.

"This is how it feels to win the Amputee European Championship," it wrote, adding the Turkish flag and heart emoji just near the message.

Turkey led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal in the 25th minute by Ömer Güleryüz.

Although the dominant display from the Turkish team continued until the final minute, England's Ray Westbrook still managed to tie the game in the 50th minute.

However, Turkish team captain Osman Çakmak scored two minutes later to give Turkey the title. Çakmak is a veteran who lost one of his legs in a landmine explosion in an operation against the PKK terrorist group while carrying out his military service.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated the team in a telegram.

"I wholeheartedly congratulate the amputee national football team who became European champions by defeating England. Turkey is proud of you!" Erdoğan also tweeted.

Turkish sports community was also joyful for the victory, with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), Turkish Football Clubs' Union, Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) and major sports clubs issuing celebration messages.

Turkcell, the main sponsor of the team, also distributed a championship bonus of 200,000 Turkish liras ($54,300) to each of the players.

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