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GERMANY coach Joachim Low has urged his side not to fall into the same trap as Croatia and the Czech Republic by underestimating Turkey in tomorrow's semi-final. Fatih Terim's side have produced incredible last-gasp fightbacks to first qualify from the group phase and then knock out Croatia on penalties to book a last-four match-up with the Germans. They may now have a threadbare squad going into the game because of injuries and suspensions, but Low has warned against writing them off. He said: "We are all familiar with the way Turkey play, they can always claw a goal back. That seems to give them renewed energy late in the game which is deadly for their opponents.

"Turkey always believe in turning the tables and have hit back in situations where no one would have put a penny on them. Their goals against the Czechs and Croatia were real miracle situations. They go the distance, propelled by a strong national pride, Turkey are even more creative than Portugal, so we have to be in the right mindset."

Low should know about the Turkish psyche as he coached both Fenerbahce and Adanaspor.Aa UP to half a million fans are expected to descend on the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin tomorrow to watch the Euro 2008 quarter-final between Germany and Turkey.

Berlin possesses one of the largest Turkish communities, 120,000, in a country where 2.4million people are either Turkish-born or of Turkish origin. The area for a kilometre round the Brandenburg Gate is set to be closed to traffic so that all and sundry can enjoy the match for which Germany will start odds-on favourites.

"This will be football of an Extra Extra Large variety, with a huge party," said Willy Kautsch, one of the organisers of the event. The organisers are setting up three giant screens, including one of 80 square metres, believed to be the biggest in Europe. Should Germany go on to lift the trophy - their first piece of silverware since Euro '96 - they will celebrate their victory at the same site.

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