After a brilliant qualifying phase, Turkey lost last night to Switzerland and left the UEFA Euro without having achieved a single victory.
Turkey put an end in the worst way in their passage through the UEFA Euro falling again defeated in the match played last night in Azerbaijan, this time against Switzerland, and finishing in the last place of Group A with 0 points and a poor image that leaves its coach, Şenol Güneş, in a very difficult situation.
The two teams needed to win to have hopes of continuing in the Euro, but it was the Swiss who scored the first goal of the match – played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku – when only 6 minutes had elapsed, by Haris Seferovic, who scored a great goal with the left. 20 minutes later Xherdan Shaqiri made the 2-0 with another impressive volley goal that slipped over the bar.
Turkey had its chances – in fact, more than Switzerland – being a special protagonist throughout the match Mert Müldür, who had in the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer his worst nightmare; both were two of the great outstanding players in a match that ended the 1st part with a very difficult way for a Turkey that tried, but was unable to score against a Switzerland that, with a poorer game, was more effective.
Kahveci scored Turkey’s first and only goal in this UEFA Euro
In the 62nd minute the Turkish national team scored its first and only goal of the match, which would ultimately also be the only goal in this UEFA Euro: with Switzerland defending, Irfan Can Kahveci managed to find a hole and again, another impressive volley shot sneaked into the net without Sommer being able this time to do anything to stop it, unleashing joy among the fans of Turkey – and also of Azerbaijan – who attended the match.
Hope did not last long, however, for the Turks, who only 6 minutes later saw how, during a counterattack play on the left wing, Shaqiri received a diagonal pass while alone in front of the rival goal, and with his good leg – the left – established the final 3-1.
In this way Turkey is mathematically eliminated from the UEFA Euro and leaves it through the back door. It is surprising the terrible performance of a young Turkish team that has conceded 8 goals against, while in the qualifying phase they only conceded 3 and played a great role, beating France 2-0. It is not clear now what decision Güneş – who assumed command of the “red” in 2019 – will make; but he acknowledged last night that he was considering whether to resign.
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