Wales beat Turkey 2-0 as Gareth Bale shines; Turkey first team to be knocked out of Euro 2020

Turkey have lost two consecutive games for the first time in three years and is the firs team to be knocked out of Euro 2020.

June 17, 2021 / 12:14 AM IST
Wales' Gareth Bale, left, runs with the ball as he is challenges by Turkey's Umut Meras during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Turkey and Wales at at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP)

Wales' Gareth Bale, left, runs with the ball as he is challenges by Turkey's Umut Meras during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Turkey and Wales at at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP)

Many questioned whether the current Wales' team would match that class of 2016, and they have responded in style. Two goals at the end of the two halves saw Wales beat Turkey 2-0 to go top of the table in Group A with 4 points. Turkey now have two loses from their opening two games and have been knocked out of Euro 2020. Regardless of what happens at the remaining fixtures, Turkey cannot qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020.

Gareth Bale set up both goals and missed a penalty in Wales' 2-0 victory over Turkey on Wednesday at the European Championship.

Bale played a lobbed pass over the defense and Aaron Ramsey chested it down before knocking it past onrushing Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Çakir in the 42nd minute. Connor Roberts scored the second goal in the final seconds of injury time after Bale dribbled along the touchline from a short corner.

The win moved the Welsh closer to a place in the last 16 with four points in Group A. Turkey has zero points after losing both of its matches.

Bale had chance to score one himself in the 61st minute but he sent his penalty kick over the bar after being tripped by Zeki Çelik on the edge of the area.

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The Wales captain hasn’t scored for his country in 13 games. His last goal came against Croatia in Euro 2020 qualifying in October 2019.

Ramsey had more chances to score before finally giving his team the lead, including scooping the ball over the bar in the 24th when one-on-one with Çakir.

Turkey captain Burak Yilmaz had five shots but couldn't convert any of them, most notably when he missed an excellent chance early in the second half. He volleyed over the bar from close range when a corner was headed on to him.

Turkey had strong support from traveling fans and many locals in close ally Azerbaijan. The presidents of both Turkey and Azerbaijan were in attendance.
Associated Press
first published: Jun 17, 2021 12:14 am

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