Czech Republic 0 v 2 Turkey – Euro 2016 Group D

CZE 0:2 TUR – all credit to Ay-Yıldızlılar Heach Coach Fatih Terim who, after witnessing two poor performances so far in the group stage, refreshed his team selection with youth and quite clearly impassioned his entire staff to spur his country on in their final group game in Lens. A strong defensive display, a midfield buzzing with hustle, a target man to build the play around, and a spark of magic from the next great hope of Turkish football – young Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Emre Mor. A quick breakaway down the right hand side resulted in some intelligent attacking play from Mor. He picked out the effective movement of Beijing Guoan striker Burak Yılmaz, who drilled the ball past Petr Čech at his near post. A fantastic team goal, the passionate celebrations showed how much it meant to this group of players. The Czech’s almost provided an immediate reply as Bursaspor‘s Tomáš Sivok headed against the post of the Turkish goal after a whipped corner from Jaroslav Plašil. The Czechs dominated the rest of the first half and were unlucky not to equalise when some crafty build up play from Sparta Prague‘s Bořek Dočkal and Plašil set up Pavel Kadeřábek to fire a low shot that was well kept out by Turkey stopper Volkan BabacanBursaspor‘s Czech striker Tomáš Necid should have found the net but instead he volleyed over from close range. Necid then flicked the ball on for 1899 Hoffenheim‘s Kadeřábek, who blazed the ball over from six yards out. The Czechs couldn’t make the breakthrough and slipped further behind early in the 2nd half when Mehmet Topal laid the ball off for the tireless Ozan Tufan to fire in from close range to send The Crescent Stars supporters into dreamland. The Czechs struggled to find a way back into the game and the Turks always looked dangerous on the break with the effervescent Emre Mor ripping through the Czech back four time and time again. A stunning performance from this Turkish side. They may not have done enough to finish as a best 3rd place team but Terim has unearthed a couple of young players to build a team around – Mor, Tufan, Oğuzhan Özyakup, and Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Their future is bright. The Czechs suffer from another series of poor showings, and their ageing squad needs to rebuild and find a new batch of young superstars for the country to believe once again.

Man of the match: Emre Mor
Best: Emre MorOzan TufanBurak Yılmazİsmail KöybaşıBořek DočkalJaroslav Plašil

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