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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Turkey beat Czech Republic 2-0 in Prague and main a two-point-lead over Netherlands with a game to spare in Group A
Two second half goals led Turkey to a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic in their Euro qualifier on Saturday to keep alive the away side's chances of making the tournament in France next summer.
The already-qualified Czechs squandered an opportunity to overtake Iceland for top spot in Group A but could not make their early possession pay in a mostly drab game in which neither side generated many scoring chances until late.
Turkey, needing four points from their last two games to clinch a play-off spot, broke through in the 62nd minute after Czech defender Filip Novak conceded a penalty for a foul on Serdar Aziz in the box.
Selcuk Inan converted the spot kick for the Turks, who doubled their lead in the 80th minute when Hakan Calhanoglu beat his marker and slotted home after latching onto Ara Turan's lofted pass into the penalty area.
The Czechs, playing without a number of regular players, including goalkeeper Petr Cech, remain in second place behind Iceland in Group A.
Either Turkey or the Netherlands will finish third after Tuesday's final qualifiers.
Huge 89th minute strike from Selcuk Inan booked Turkey's place at Euro 2016 !
Needing victory to secure a passage to next year's tournament in France as the best-ranked third-place team, Fatih Terim's side were reduced to 10 men 13 minutes from time when Gokhan Tore was dismissed for a rash challenge on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
But up stepped Galatasaray midfielder Inan in the final minute of normal time to curl a sumptuous 25-yard free-kick beyond visiting goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsson and spark wild celebrations in Konya.
The Turkish party could only truly get underway when Kazakhstan's win by the same scoreline over Latvia in Riga was confirmed, dropping the hosts to bottom place and meaning Turkey edged Hungary as the best third-placed team.
Iceland also progressed from Group A as runners-up to the Czech Republic, who ensured Netherlands were eliminated amid ignominy and a 3-2 defeat in Amsterdam.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
After beating Netherlands in the group ,Fatih Terim's boy got a another chance and captured the third place in the group A !
But, to order to finish third place in the group they have to earn point and points on Saturday against second place Czech team !
In remaining two matches, Turkey must collect four points ....
Fourth place Netherlands will travel to Kazakhistan on Saturday....
A loss there, would make things easy for Turkey ....
In group A, Iceland is in first place and Czech team on second place....
Turkey needs to finish in third place to play playoffs matches !
It is all in their hands .....
They have to show to the world they are crunch time team again.
Next two matches are really important for Turkey and Fatih Terim...
You lose ,you snooze !
That's why this match on Saturday is very important ....
My only gripe about the team is the defense and Arda Turan's match performance !
His lack of playing time in real match , is the biggest risk ....
Will we see another miracle comeback win against Czech's ?
Why not .....
Ahmet B Turgut