Corrected from the outset by Italy (3-0), Turkey started its Euro very badly. Paradoxically, Burak Yilmaz’s teammates had their fate in their hands. Opposed to the Welsh (held in check by Switzerland, 1-1), the Turks could overtake their opponents of the day in the standings in case of victory and thus offer themselves a final against the Helvetians in four days. To achieve this goal, Senol Gunes made two strong choices in its starting lineup. Yusuf Yazici and the unfortunate Merih Demiral (author of an own goal against the Italians) have been replaced by Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under. Opposite, coach Robert Page chose to line up the same starting XI who faced Switzerland.
Under pressure, Turkey could nevertheless count on a precinct of Baku entirely devoted to its cause. A warm atmosphere that had absolutely no effect on the partners of Burak Yilmaz. As against Italy, the Turks were without much imagination and especially without great physical resources to go and challenge the British determined to go into the bacon of their opponents to win. Rough in the duels, Page’s men were also able to speak their technique, especially with the duo Aaron Ramsey-Gareth Bale. After a first alert signed Ben Davies (4th), the Welsh pair stood out with a pass love from Bale for the Juventus player, but the latter stumbled on Çakir (7th).
Turkey tried to respond with a recovery from Yilmaz (9th), but it was the Welsh who were the most dangerous. In particular the giant Kieffer Moore (1.96m) and his impressive head game. The Cardiff player put the Turkish defenders to death. Present in the fight, he offered himself some good opportunities with the head (13th, 17th). Stifled by the Welsh pressing, the men of Gunes too often lost the leather and the Lille Yilmaz spent most of his time running in the void and moaned on his teammates who did not go out as much as him to press. The Welsh did not ask for so much and after a second big failure from Ramsey on a new service from Bale (24th), the Bianconero did not spoil the third caviar of the Real Madrid player. Once again taking advantage of a poor alignment of the Turkish defense, Ramsey this time won his face-to-face with Çakir with a cross shot (0-1, 43rd).
Gareth Bale, two caviar and a grossly missed penalty
At the break, faced with the spectacle of his men, Senol Gunes no doubt regretted his choices since Yazici and Demiral, put on the bench at kick-off, came into play in place of Tufan and Yokuslu. Led and therefore in a very bad position, the Turks logically reacted to the return of the locker room with much more intense pressing. The set pieces were then chained for the players of the Bosphorus and Yilmaz surely thought to equalize just before the hour mark. But while he was alone at 5.50m, the Mastiff saw his acrobatic recovery soar in the sky of Baku. A terrible lack of success for one of the only players on his team to tear himself away, like his rush on the right side concluded with a distant strike without danger for Ward (58th).
Willful, but harmless, the players of Gunes then believed to see all their hopes fly after a penalty conceded by Celik, passed by an outside hook from Bale. The Merengue then had the break point between his feet, but he chose to send a missile into the stands (61st). He could have caught up a few seconds later by countering a clearance from Çakir, but the leather went a few centimeters from the post (61st). The rest of the match was only a suffocating attack-defense game in which the Welsh folded, but did not break, despite a header from Demiral superbly repelled by Ward (88th) and an end of the match electric. Better, the Welsh managed to make the break thanks to a new caviar from Bale transformed by Connor Roberts (2-0, 90th + 5). In the end, Wales has a very good operation. With 4 points in two matches, the British are provisional leaders in Group A, pending the duel between Italy and Switzerland (match commented live on our site). For its part, Turkey, 4th with 0 points on the clock, is not yet mathematically eliminated from this Euro, but hopes are almost all gone.
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