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Turkey PM Erdogan 'scores hat-trick' in football friendly match

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:06 PM
 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) vies for the ball with Beraat Albayrak during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Istanbul. The Turkish PM scored an improbable three goals in 15 mins when he took to the field in a friendly to mark the opening of the new stadium.  -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored an improbable three goals in just 15 minutes as he took to the field in a football friendly to mark the opening of a new stadium in Istanbul.

Mr Erdogan is standing in presidential elections on Aug 10 and made sure no one forgot his candidacy during the game by wearing the shirt number 12 - if elected he would be the 12th president of modern Turkey.

The 60-year-old Prime Minister, an avid football fan who played as an amateur in his youth, took part in a match to mark the opening of the new stadium of the Istanbul Basaksehir team.

Clad in a bright orange football strip, Mr Erdogan saw his team fall behind 0-3 in the opening minutes of the game late on Saturday.

 
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