Turkey v Wales Live Commentary & Result, 16/06/2021, European Championship



This will be the first match between Turkey and Wales at a major tournament. Their last encounter dates back to August 1997 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier – it produced 10 goals, with Turkey winning 6-4 in Istanbul. Four of Turkey’s goals were netted by Hakan Sukur, while current Wales manager Page played for Wales that day.

Page resists the opportunity to make changes to his side from their draw against Switzerland. Moore retains his place as the spearhead of the attack, while Morrell remains in the middle of the park. There is still no spot for Wilson and Ampadu, who remain on the bench.

Turkey have made two changes to their side that was beaten in the opener by Italy. Demiral, who scored an own goal against the Azzurri, is dropped and is replaced in the backline by Ayhan. Yazici also makes way from the middle of the park and is replaced by Tufan.

WALES SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Neco Williams, Tom Lockyer, Harry Wilson, Tyler Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Jonny Williams, David Brooks, Adam Davies, Dylan Levitt.

WALES (4-1-4-1): Danny Ward; Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Joe Allen; Gareth Bale, Joe Morrell, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James, Kieffer Moore.

TURKEY SUBS: Fehmi Mert Gunok; Merih Demiral, Dorukhan Tokoz, Yusuf Yazici, Altay Bayindir, Taylan Antalyali, Ozan Kabak, Orkun Kokcu, Irfan Can Kahveci, Muhammed Kerem Akturkoglu, Mert Muldur, Halil Dervisoglu.

TURKEY (4-1-4-1): Ugurcan Cakir; Mehmet Zeki Celik, Kaan Ayhan, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras; Okay Yokuslu; Kenan Karaman, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ozan Tufan, Cengiz Under; Burak Yilmaz.

Wales came from behind to earn a draw against Switzerland in their opener. Breel Embolo headed the Swiss in front, but Kieffer Moore answered earn his side a share of the spoils. Robert Page’s men know it will be a difficult task this afternoon, especially in hot temperatures in Baku. With their final game against Italy, Wales need a victory to firm up their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.

Turkey suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Italy in their opening match of the tournament and have to respond today. Senol Gunes’ men were taken apart in the second half by the Azzurri, and offered little in the final third to compete. A strong performance is required to pick up a positive result and to avoid leaving their fate in the hands of others in the final group game.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group A clash between Turkey and Wales at the Baku Olympic Stadium.



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