World Cup qualifier: Victory over Romania keep Turkey hopes alive
Burak Yilmaz and Mevlut Erdinc saw Turkey to victory in Romania to keep their hopes of World Cup qualification alive.
Last Updated: 10/09/13 9:50pm
Fatih Terim's team entered the match three points behind their second-placed opponents in Group D, but victory maintains their qualification hopes with two matches to play.
The hosts started brightly in Bucharest and inside three minutes they had seen Gabriel Torje shoot over with a 25-yard free-kick, before Ciprian Marica's header brought a save out of Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.
However, Turkey gained in confidence and Yilmaz fired the visitors into the lead in the 22nd minute, heading home Caner Erkin's cross after his previous effort was parried by Ciprian Tatarusanu.
Romania threatened in the 33rd minute when Torje's shot forced defender Gokhan Gonul into a block - but the visitors finished the half on the front foot and Selcuk Inan should have done better than fire wildly over six minutes later.
Turkey had the first chance of the second half but Tatarusanu saved Umut Bulut's well-struck shot from 12 yards.
Chances were at a premium for Romania, but on the hour Alexandru Maxim saw a right-foot effort blocked by Omer Toprak.
Romania best chance came midway through the half when Adrian Popa's 18-yard effort beat the goalkeeper but rebounded off a post.
Razvan Rat shot over from 12 yards with 15 minutes remaining but Turkey continued to threaten with Olcay Sahan shooting over and Bulut bringing another save out of Tatarusanu.
Maxim had a chance to earn Romania a point with two minutes remaining but his header from 12 yards failed to find the target, then in injury time Dorin Goian saw his effort from similar range caught by the goalkeeper.
And Turkey caught their hosts with a second goal in the fourth minute of injury time when substitute Mevlut Erdinc provided a cool left-foot finish.