Newspapers said Alpay, praised by European football's governing body for his "gentlemanly conduct" in not fouling his opponent, should have had no qualms about using underhand methods to stop Vlaovic's solo run. "He could have hung on to his waist and prevented the goal," the newspaper Hurriyet said. "It might have been a bit ugly but he could even have tripped him up from behind. At least we would have won a point."
Sabah, a rival paper, went even further: "No team made up of professionals would have lost a goal like that."Reuse content