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USA fight back to overcome Turkey in World Cup warm-up
Press Association - 5 years ago

The USA came from behind to claim a morale-boosting victory over Turkey in their final match before heading to South Africa for the World Cup.

Arda Turan opened the scoring after 27 minutes for the visitors in front of more than 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. But Jozy Altidore netted just before the hour mark to level things up and Clint Dempsey struck the winner 15 minutes from time.

Turkey pressed early on and missed decent chances through Tuncay and Hamit Altintop, before the USA responded with wayward strikes from Dempsey and Benny Feilhaber. Turkey's opener was taken on the break after the USA's Jonathan Spector was dispossessed following a neat run. Turan gained possession of the ball and attacked unchallenged before striking past Tim Howard.

Both sides could have scored just before the break, but Tuncay's shot was deflected narrowly over and Dempsey could not get on the end of Altidore's dangerous cross.

The USA coach, Bob Bradley, made four substitutions at half-time and one of the replacements, Robbie Findley, made an immediate impact. Ten minutes after the break, he controlled well before shooting wide. Three minutes later he had a hand in the equaliser. He played in Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy striker narrowly avoided the Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, selflessly setting up Altidore to tap home.

Turkey went looking for a winner, but when the goal arrived it came at the other end. Again Donovan was the architect as, from a short throw, the former Everton player found Dempsey, who controlled well and finished. Dempsey and Jose Torres narrowly missed chances to add a third for the hosts in the closing moments, but there was still plenty of encouragement for the home fans.

The USA have one more warm-up game, against Australia in Roodepoort, before opening their Group C campaign against England.

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