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Turkey overpower Czechs to go third

Published: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 20.58CET
Czech Republic 0-2 Turkey
Goals from Burak Yılmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey the possibility of a last-16 place while leaving the Czechs down in fourth and out.
by Patrick Hart at Stade Bollaert-Delelis

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Czech RepublicTurkey

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts13
 
9
on target5
 
2
off target7
 
5
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
16

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Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 20.58CET

Turkey overpower Czechs to go third

Czech Republic 0-2 Turkey
Goals from Burak Yılmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey the possibility of a last-16 place while leaving the Czechs down in fourth and out.

  • Turkey leapfrog Czech Republic into all-important third position in Group D
  • Burak Yılmaz's tenth-minute opener is striker's 21st goal for Crescent-Stars
  • Ozan Tufan doubles up midway through second period from close range
  • Czechs left to regret missed first-half opportunities – and curse of Geneva 2008


Turkey evoked their dramatic comebacks of UEFA EURO 2008 to beat the Czech Republic 2-0 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis and give themselves the chance of a last-16 spot as one of the four best third-placed teams here in France.

Burak Yılmaz and Ozan Tufan scored each side of half-time as Fatih Terim's men overhauled a Czech outfit chasing a win themselves to secure their own qualification for the knockout stage. Instead the team in turquoise eliminated them, just as they had eight years ago in Geneva.

Turkey's first goal at these finals was easy on the eye, if not the ears given the majority pro-Turkish crowd. Arda Turan released Emre Mor down the right and his cross was perfect for Burak to smash first time past Petr Čech. It was Burak's eighth goal in his last 11 internationals.

Tomáš Sivok, one of three Turkey-based players in the Czech side alongside Tomáš Necid and David Pavelka, nearly produced a quick equaliser with a header against the post.

And despite Turkey always looking dangerous on the counter, the lost opportunities piled up at the other end: Pavel Kadeřábek shooting at Volkan Babacan, Necid prodding over and Jaroslav Plašil seeing a long-range strike tipped over.

Neither team was close to qualification at the halfway stage in Lens. Emre might have made things clearer but fired over after an exciting diagonal surge while Vladimír Darida and Necid gave Volkan more work to do.

Crucially, however, Ozan Tufan brought a bit more definition to the qualifying picture on 65 minutes when he blasted home after Mehmet Topal had nudged Selçuk İnan's free-kick back towards him. The next 24 hours will determine whether his strike was enough.

Man of the match: Burak Yılmaz (Turkey)
Besides his pivotal early breakthrough, Burak was a threat in the air, winning three challenges, while also creating two openings for others and having another effort on target. He pipped teenager Emre, another eye-catching performer on his first finals start.

Invoking the spirit of 2008
"It's not over until we say it's over" was Turkey's pre-match manta according to Fatih Terim. And it still isn't over after his side's two-goal winning margin, half of the four required to clinch qualification for certain but sufficient nonetheless to stay in mathematical contention.

This Turkish rescue act involved six – Hakan Balta, Mehmet Topal and Arda on the field, Nihat Kahveci, Tuncay Şanlı and Tümer Metin in the back-room team – of the boys of 2008 who came from two down to beat the Czechs 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals.

That adventure ended in the semis; we find out when matchday three concludes tomorrow whether the 62-year-old Terim – who also oversaw Turkey's EURO debut in England 20 summers ago – has departed this championship stage for possibly the last time.

Don't mind the gap
Turkey's opener bridged the generation gap, with 12 years between Emre, the 18-year-old attacking prodigy newly signed by Borussia Dortmund, and seasoned front man Burak.

The strike moved the 30-year-old Beijing Guoan forward into joint-third in the Crescent-Stars' all-time scoring chart alongside Lefter Küçükandonyadis on 21 goals, with only Tuncay Şanlı (22) and Hakan Şükür (51) ahead of them.

Not-so-lucky charm
Pavel Vrba restored 26-year-old Bursaspor attacker Necid to his first XI after his point-saving penalty against Croatia. The move made sense given the Czechs had won 11 of the 12 matches in which their No7 had scored for his country, drawing the other.

The leggy Necid carried the Czechs' offensive operation in a style slightly reminiscent of Germany's Thomas Müller. However, as Müller himself is finding at these finals, the ball just wouldn't go in for him tonight. 

Team reporters' views from Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Cetin Cem Yilmaz, Turkey (@UEFAcomCetinCY)
This was an electric performance from Turkey, nothing like their first two appearances of UEFA EURO 2016. The Czech Republic found it hard to cope with the movement of Emre, Volkan Şen and Burak. Even though they did not enjoy a lot of possession, they took their chances very well and got two very necessary goals. 

Ondřej Zlámal, Czech Republic (@UEFAcomOndrejZ)
You could say this was a reality check for us Czechs. It would have been nice to have been among the last 16 in European football; and if absolutely everything had gone right, then we might have squeezed into a quarter-final. But the campaign hinged on this game against an under-pressure Turkey and, in the final reckoning, we couldn't get the job done.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.32CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017900/postmatch/report/index.html#turkey+leapfrog+czechs

Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Turkey

Turkey

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
1
Volkan BabacanVolkan Babacan (GK)
2
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
Yellow Card50
5
HubníkRoman Hubník
7
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
7
NecidTomáš Necid
10
Arda TuranArda Turan (C)
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
Substitution71
13
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
Yellow Card35
11
PudilDaniel Pudil
15
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Yellow Card36
Substitution90
16
Ozan TufanOzan Tufan
Goal65
15
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
Yellow Card39
Substitution57
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Goal10
Substitution90
19
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
20
Volkan ŞenVolkan Şen
Substitution61
22
DaridaVladimír Darida
21
Emre MorEmre Mor
Substitution69

Substitutes

16
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
12
Onur KıvrakOnur Kıvrak (GK)
23
KoubekTomáš Koubek (GK)
23
Harun TekinHarun Tekin (GK)
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
2
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
4
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
4
Ahmet ÇalıkAhmet Çalık
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
5
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
6
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
12
ŠkodaMilan Škoda
Substitution57
9
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
Substitution90
14
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution90
11
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
Substitution69
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
14
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
Substitution61
18
ŠuralJosef Šural
Substitution71
Yellow Card87
18
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
20
SkalákJiří Skalák
19
Yunus MallıYunus Mallı
21
LafataDavid Lafata
22
Şener ÖzbayraklıŞener Özbayraklı

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Francis Connor (SCO)

Fourth official

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution