Turkey have a lifeline as four Beşiktaş players feature in victory over Czech Republic

Updated: June 22, 2016

Turkey have done what they had to do in order to still have a lifeline for the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 as they beat the Czech Republic by a two goal margin, securing the third place in the group.

Turkey with only Beşiktaş leftback İsmail Köybaşı in the starting lineup took an early lead after 10 minutes thanks to an excellent counter attack set up by Arda Turan continued by Emre Mor and finished by Burak Yilmaz.

The Czech Republic took control of the match and managed to create several chances but both the bar and Volkan Babacan prevented the Czechs from finding an equalizer.

In the second half Turkey found that all important second goal despite the Czechs still having the better of the play, Ozan Tufan put the Turks 2-0 up which pretty muched sealed the Czech Republic’s faith and also put Turkey in to a potential round of 16 spot.

Oguzhan Özyakup, Cenk Tosun and Olcay Şahan all came in as second half substitutes for Turkey, ending the game with 4 Black Eagles on the pitch with İsmail Köybaşı putting in a man of the match performance.

Thanks to their 2-0 win Turkey now hop over Albania in the virtual standings for the top four best third placed teams of the tournament, if Sweden (v Belgium) and Ireland (v Italy) don’t win or Portugal (v Hungary) loses today, Turkey will qualify for the round of 16 and take on Group B winners Wales.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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