Czech Republic 0-2 Turkey
Goals either side of half-time from Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic that sees the nation stay in contention for a last 16 place. The Czech Republic head home earning just a solitary point in the tournament.
Turkey’s victory was deserved but hard-earned. The Czechs made a positive start but were caught on the break after just 10 minutes as Turkey seized a loose ball. Emre Mor, the highly-rated 18-year-old winger bought recently by Borussia Dortmund, raced away down the touchline and clipped the ball into the box. Yilmaz got himself ahead of Tomas Sivok and neatly turned the ball in at the near post. The Czechs were not hindered by this and went close to a quick equaliser when Sivok headed against the post from a corner.Further Czech chances came as Pavel Kaderabek got behind the defence only to shoot at goalkeeper Volkan Babacan’s feet and Tomas Necid flicked another opportunistic volley wide. At the other end Mor, seizing his chance to impress on his first start of the tournament, flashed a shot wide from a tight angle.The Czechs again went close to an equaliser before the interval as Necid headed across goal following a poor Turkish clearance but Kaderabek was unable to turn in at the far post. Jaroslav Plasil also tried his luck with a shot from outside the area but Babacan saved comfortably.
There was a stoppage early in the second half after three players were hurt in an accidental clash of heads in the Turkey area. Turkey’s Gokhan Gonul was the worst affected following the collision involving Sivok and David Pavelka, requiring treatment for a nasty cut close to his eye. When play resumed Turkey were the next to threaten as Mor shot over but Babacan was soon in action too when Vladimir Darida tested him.Turkey doubled their lead midway through the second half after the Czechs failed to deal with a free-kick lobbed into the area by Selcuk Inan. The ball found its way to the feet of Mehmet Topal and he laid off for Tufan to smash a shot into the top corner. As has been common throughout the tournament, flares were set off by fans amid the Turkish celebrations. The Czechs tried to fight back with Darida twice forcing Babacan to save. Turkey continued to chase more goals and Olcay Sahan seized on poor defending to fire wide late on.
This Turkish win sees Northern Ireland qualify for the last 16.
Man of the Match – Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)
Czech Republic –
- Milan Skoda replaces David Pavelka 57 mins
- Josef Sural replaces Borek Dockal 71 mins
- Daniel Kolar replaces Jaroslav Plasil 90+ mins
- Oguzhan Ozyakup replaces Volkan Sen 61 mins
- Olcay Sahan replaces Emre Mor 69 mins
- Cenk Tosun replaces Burak Yilmaz 90+ mins
Czech Republic – Jaroslav Plasil,David Pavelka,Josef Sural.
Turkey – Ismail Koybasi,Hakan Kadir Balta.