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Portugal became the first side to secure their place in the last eight of Euro 2008, while hosts Switzerland are out already. See all the outright betting here.

Turkey coach Fatih Terim was elated after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.

The victory sets up a ‘winner-takes-all’ Group A decider against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Arda Turan’s injury-time winner on a water-logged pitch in Basel knocked the host nation out of the tournament.

It now sets up a meeting with the Czech Reublic, with both teams on three points behind leaders Portugal, who have already qualified.

At half-time during last night’s game, trailing 1-0 to Hakan Yakin’s goal, the Turks looked to be heading out of the tournament.

But they levelled through a Semih Senturk header before Arda’s drive sunk secured the win in the closing moments.

Terim said: “It’s not easy to come back from a goal down at this Championship, considering we hit the woodwork once.

“But we fought a lot in the second half and we created many opportunities. God willing, we will win against the Czech Republic and reach the next round.

“It is a wonderful feeling. The players needed this for their confidence and I congratulate them on their incredible effort.

“This win has given us a lot of confidence for the last game. Today is the beginning of the Euro for us.

The first half of the game in Basel was played in a torrential downpour that reduced the game to a lottery, and Terim admitted he was desperate for the rain to stop.

“I did wish for the rain to stop. I did pray to God for that,” added the former Milan coach.

“We couldn’t predict mud in the middle of the summer.

“It was not easy, the conditions were difficult and Switzerland are a very strong team, playing at home. So it was an important win.”

Portugal became the first side to secure their place in the last eight of Euro 2008, while hosts Switzerland are out already. See all the outright betting here.

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