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Selçuk free-kick sends Turkey to EURO 2016

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 23.30CET
Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Turkey were heading for the play-offs with a minute left – until Selçuk İnan curled in a free-kick that took them through as the best third-placed team.
by Cetin Cem Yilmaz
from Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu

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Match statistics

TurkeyIceland

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts8
 
5
on target3
 
0
off target4
 
4
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 23.30CET

Selçuk free-kick sends Turkey to EURO 2016

Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Turkey were heading for the play-offs with a minute left – until Selçuk İnan curled in a free-kick that took them through as the best third-placed team.

  • Turkey qualify for UEFA EURO 2016 as the best third-placed team
  • Their win, coupled with Kazakhstan beating Latvia, takes Fatih Terim's men through
  • Selçuk İnan scores the only goal, an 89th-minute free-kick, in Konya
  • Iceland finish as runners-up in Group A behind Czech Republic

Selçuk İnan's superb late free-kick gave Turkey a dramatic win over Iceland, meaning they could celebrate UEFA EURO 2016 qualification as the best third-placed team.

With Fatih Terim's men set for the play-offs on 89 minutes, Selçuk sent an unstoppable set piece past Iceland goalkeeper Ögmundur Kristinsson to hand Turkey victory on a night when pretty much everything went their way. The ensuing 1-0 success confirmed their presence at the UEFA European Championship in France, eight years after their last appearance.

In the knowledge that the Czech Republic were beating their rivals for third position in Group A, the Netherlands, Turkey risked everything in the latter stages, with Kazakhstan's win in Latvia helping to ensure Terim and Co's progress to next summer's tournament.

Victory certainly did not come easily in Konya, with Turkey playing the last 12 minutes with ten men after Gökhan Töre was sent off for a heavy tackle on Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Although the hosts boasted the class of Arda Turan, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Oğuzhan Özyakup and Volkan Şen, they appeared to miss the finishing touch of an out-and-out striker, thus failing to turn neat passing into presentable chances.

However, their eventual triumph will have tasted even sweeter after Selçuk's memorable free-kick – his third goal in Turkey's last four games – sealed UEFA EURO 2016 qualification amid jubilant scenes.

Last updated: 15/10/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014067/postmatch/report/index.html#turkey+leave+late

Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Iceland

Iceland

23
Volkan BabacanVolkan Babacan (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
2
Şener ÖzbayraklıŞener Özbayraklı
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
3
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
4
Serdar AzizSerdar Aziz
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Yellow Card23
5
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Substitution72
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
Goal89
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution88
10
Arda TuranArda Turan (C)
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
14
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
Substitution62
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
16
Ozan TufanOzan Tufan
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution82
18
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
20
Volkan ŞenVolkan Şen
Substitution75
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason

Substitutes

1
Hayrullah AkyüzHayrullah Akyüz (GK)
1
R. ÓskarssonRóbert Óskarsson (GK)
12
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
13
GunnleifssonGunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
6
Okay YokuşluOkay Yokuşlu
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
7
Yasin ÖztekinYasin Öztekin
4
JónssonKristinn Jónsson
9
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution75
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
11
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
Substitution62
Red Card78
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution88
13
Emre TaşdemirEmre Taşdemir
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
15
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
17
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
Substitution72
Yellow Card86
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
19
Mevlüt ErdinçMevlüt Erdinç
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
21
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson
Substitution82
22
Ersan GülümErsan Gülüm
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Padovan (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Antonio Damato (ITA), Carmine Russo (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution