Turkey take World Cup third place
TAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) -- Turkey scored the fastest goal in the history of the World Cup finals as they beat co-hosts South Korea 3-2 to take third place on Saturday.
Hakan Sukur found the net after just 11 seconds of the third place play-off, beating the previous World Cup record of 15 seconds set in 1962.
South Korea equalised quickly through a superb Lee Eul-yong free kick in the ninth minute but Ilhan Mansiz scored twice before halftime -- in the 13th and 32nd minutes -- to give Turkey a comfortable lead.
Song Chong-gug scored a consolation goal in the second minute of time added on.
Turkey and South Korea, two of the surprises of the tournament, had both reached the semi-finals for the first time.
Germany meet Brazil in the World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday.
The previous fastest goal, timed at 15 seconds, was by Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Masek in an opening round game against Mexico in the 1962 finals.
German Ernst Lehner scored a goal after 24 seconds against Austria in 1934.
England's Bryan Robson scored after 27 seconds in their opening match against France in the 1982 finals.
Sukur, Turkey's highest scorer and most capped player, came under fire after missing a number of chances in the 1-0 quarter-final defeat of Senegal.
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