Turkey Dominate World Champions France

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

Turkey were dominant throughout the game, and their opening goal was no more than they deserved; a deep free-kick was swung into the back post where centre-back Merih Demiral nodded the ball back across the face of goal for an unmarked Ayhan to power in a header past the helpless Hugo Lloris.

"That was a slap in the face for us and there's not a lot I can say", Deschamps said.

World champions France slumped to a 2-0 loss to hosts Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying yesterday morning (Singapore time), amid a red-hot atmosphere in Konya.

Of the 11 players who started France's 2018 World Cup Final win over Croatia, nine begun the match in Turkey.

"We need a reaction as soon as possible, from the next match [against Andorra]", Pogba told L'Equipe.

World champion France was given a cold shower on Saturday in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey, who kept up pressure throughout the game for a 2-0 home win and placed itself in the lead in Group H.

On Tuesday, Turkey are away to third-place Iceland while France look to bounce back at last-place Andorra.

"When you have a performance like that, there are no positives to take", the France coach was quoted as saying by L'Equipe. "We didn't play the way we should have against a team which played the way it likes to". They are followed by France then Iceland, both on six points. The win puts Germany second in Group C, having played one game fewer than leaders Northern Ireland, who beat Estonia earlier on Saturday. Nicolo Barella opened the scoring after 23 minutes with Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci adding two more in a 10-minute blitz which followed.

Italy continued their flawless start to qualifying with a comfortable 3-0 win over Greece in Athens, which sent them three points clear at the top of Group J.

"As soon as we concede an opportunity, it's a goal. We are all looking forward to Jogi's return", Sorg told broadcaster RTL.

Teemu Pukki scored twice as Finland sank Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 to move up to second spot, while Armenia were 3-0 winners against Liechtenstein.

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