Qualifying round (Group A) - 03/09/2015 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu - Konya
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Latvia's Šabala stuns Turkey with late strike

Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.34CET
Turkey 1-1 Latvia
Valērijs Šabala's 91st-minute goal salvaged the visitors a draw and dealt another blow to Turkey's already slim automatic qualification hopes.
Latvia's Šabala stuns Turkey with late strike
Fatih Terim's Turkey were on course for victory until Valērijs Šabala struck at the death ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyLatvia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts27
 
9
on target11
 
3
off target5
 
5
blocked11
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
4
Offsides7
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
10

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.34CET

Latvia's Šabala stuns Turkey with late strike

Turkey 1-1 Latvia
Valērijs Šabala's 91st-minute goal salvaged the visitors a draw and dealt another blow to Turkey's already slim automatic qualification hopes.

  • Latvia level in added time through Valērijs Šabala
  • Turkey take lead in Konya through Selçuk İnan's 77th-minute strike
  • Šabala has scored Latvia's last four goals against Turkey
  • Turkey stay fourth in Group A; Latvia are still seeking first win
  • Next matches: Turkey v Netherlands, Latvia v Czech Republic (Sunday)

Turkey's faint hopes of securing a top-two finish in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A are all but over after Valērijs Šabala equalised for Latvia in added time.

Selçuk İnan gave Turkey the lead with 13 minutes remaining when he received a pass from Arda Turan on the edge of the penalty area and rifled a shot past Andris Vaņins. However, substitute Šabala's fourth goal in three appearances against Turkey – the forward chested down a loose ball outside the box and found the net with a low drive – earned lowly Latvia a share of the spoils just when it seemed Turkey would leapfrog the Netherlands into third place.

Overcoming a physical approach from Latvia that included four fouls and a yellow card in the first ten minutes, Turkey threatened an early opener. Volkan Şen was played into the area and moved around two defenders, only for Vaņins to thwart him from point-blank range.

They went closer still when Volkan sprinted past two defenders and elicited a save out of Vaņins, who spilled the ball into the path of Burak Yilmaz. The Galatasaray forward, faced with an open goal, headed wide.

Selçuk's 77th-minute strike was preceded by the backtracking Hakan Balta clearing Artūrs Karašausks's chip off the goal line. Though Turkey made the breakthrough, Šabala's last-gasp intervention rescued a draw for the Latvians, leaving Turkey seven points behind the Czech Republic, in second, with three games to play.

Last updated: 05/09/15 0.05CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Latvia

Latvia

23
Volkan BabacanVolkan Babacan (GK)
1
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK) (C)
Yellow Card34
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
2
MaksimenkoVitālijs Maksimenko
4
Serdar AzizSerdar Aziz
4
DubraKaspars Dubra
5
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
5
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
Substitution82
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
Goal77
6
GabovsVladislavs Gabovs
10
Arda TuranArda Turan (C)
7
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
11
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
Substitution58
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution60
16
Ozan TufanOzan Tufan
Yellow Card32
9
KarašausksArtūrs Karašausks
Substitution85
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Substitution84
15
RakelsDeniss Rakels
18
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
16
TarasovsIgors Tarasovs
Yellow Card9
20
Volkan ŞenVolkan Şen
Substitution56
19
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis

Substitutes

12
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
23
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
1
Onur KıvrakOnur Kıvrak (GK)
12
IkstensKaspars Ikstens (GK)
2
Şener ÖzbayraklıŞener Özbayraklı
Substitution58
3
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
6
Alper PotukAlper Potuk
10
ŠabalaValērijs Šabala
Substitution85
Goal90+1
Yellow Card90+1
7
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
11
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+1
9
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution56
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
13
Emre TaşdemirEmre Taşdemir
14
KamešsVladimirs Kamešs
14
Mehmet EkiciMehmet Ekici
17
ZjuzinsArtūrs Zjuzins
Substitution60
15
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Substitution84
18
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
19
Batuhan KaradenizBatuhan Karadeniz
20
Jermolajevs Edgars Jermolajevs
21
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
21
FreimanisGints Freimanis
22
Ersan GülümErsan Gülüm
22
KozlovsIgors Kozlovs

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Marians Pahars (LVA)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Fourth official

Stefan Hallberg (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution