Czech Republic 0-2 Turkey: Czechs eliminated as Turks snatch third in Group D

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Turkey, without a point coming into the final day, have snatched an outside shot at qualifying for the knockout stage after a surprising 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Turkey opened the scoring inside 10 minutes when 18-year-old Emre Mor, streaking down the right-hand side, crossed the ball into the box, and striker Burak Yilmaz was there to re-direct the ball into the net with a right-footed touch.

With Turkey ahead early, both teams had reason to push forward for a goal of their own and the game opened up. The Turks came close to another on the half-hour but Pavel Kaderábek missed wide right.

The Czechs had their best chance of the first half just before the break, with Tomas Sivok skying it over the bar.

Into the second half, Turkey put the game away just past the hour mark with a nice set-piece goal. The ball came in and glanced off the head of Yilmaz to the feed of Mehmet Topal. The midfielder – who may have been just slightly offside on the play – tapped it back to Ozan Tufan who roofed a howitzer into the back of the net.

The goal was slightly controversial because not only did Topal appear to be in an offside position on Yilmaz’s header, but the play just before was an offside on Turkey that was pulled back for an earlier foul, resulting in the set-piece play.

The three points for Turkey means they jump the Czechs into third place, however they have not qualified just yet. A win by Sweden plus a win or draw by Portugal would see the Turks eliminated. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic is eliminated after dropping to fourth in the group. The result also means Northern Ireland has qualified for the knockout stages after a third-place finish in Group C.