England narrowly lose out to Turkey in thrilling match on Thursday
Turkey 4 - 3 England
UEFA Futsal Euro 2014
3pm, Thursday 28 March 2013
Ice Arena, Turkey
England's dreams of reaching a first ever Euro Championship Finals were brought to an end on Thursday, as a thrilling match ended in a narrow defeat.
Both England and Turkey went into the game knowing that they would need to come away with the points, with both Ukraine and Slovenia playing each other afterwards.
And they didn't disappoint, producing what was a pulsating game of Futsal in front of a passionate Turkish crowd.
Peter Sturgess' side started brightly and forced the early pace, but it was Turkey who struck first as they took the lead after nine minutes.
This spurred England on and a well-worked move between Stuart Cook and Ian Parkes saw the latter slot the ball past the Turkey 'keeper to bring the scores level after 16 minutes.
The game continued at pace with both teams taking turns to attack and with the foul count mounting, this proved costly for England as Turkey restored their lead with a penalty after nineteen minutes to leave the home crowd in raptures.
England came back strongly again immediately afterwards, with Neil Morgan taking advantage of a mistake from the Turkish goalkeeper to leave both teams level at the break.
The second half began as the first had done with England forcing the early initiative, but Turkey broke again at pace to go 3-2 up.
And another penalty for the Turks gave them a two goal advantage after 36 minutes, following more English fouls.
That wasn't the end of it though, as England scoring a penalty in the last two minutes through Cook to set up a grandstand finish.
But despite England doing all of the running, Turkey held firm to grab a win much to the delight of the Turkish crowd.
In the second game, Slovenia beat Ukraine 8-3.
England now have a final game on Saturday against group leaders Slovenia.