Turkey vs. Wales – Match Report – June 16, 2021

Turkey vs. Wales - Match Report - June 16, 2021

(EFE) – The connection between two of Wales’ reference players, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, virtually placed Rob Page’s team in the round of 16 of the Eurocup and condemned Turkey to a second defeat that leaves him on the edge of ko

They had warned twice. Bale, unopposed, watched the area from the three quarters and Ramsey entered alone from the second row. In the first (m.6), goalkeeper Ugurcan Çakir saved the shot from the Juventus player, who in the second (m.24) shot too high when he was completely alone.

But the third time he did not fail. Turkey, who seemed to have woken up as the minutes passed, had incredibly not learned their lesson. He left Bale alone again to control, watch and center the area, and allowed Ramsey to enter a highway to lower the ball with his chest and cross it into the net.

It was the punishment for a new oversight of the Senol Gunes team. The need for victory after losing forcefully in the opening match of the Eurocup against Italy (3-0) was not reciprocated on the field. Only in a few bars with the class of the Milanese Hakan Calhanoglu, the attempts by the right of Cengiz Under and the fight in point of the Lille gunner Burak Yilmaz fed their illusions.

Wales, with the same starting eleven as against Switzerland, knew how to manage the game well. Fast when it was needed with Daniel James on the left, solid behind when the wear took its toll and attentive to take advantage of the facilities of his rival.

Senol Gunes had no choice but to find solutions. At half-time he brought in Yusuf Yazici and Merih Demiral in place of Ozan Tufan and Okay Yokuslu, who had been shipwrecked in the first half. He almost found them, but Burak Yilmaz rushed to the edge of the small area and missed a clear option to direct the resurrection.

The ‘red dragons’, who on this occasion looked more like the ‘Australian socceroos’ (uniformed with yellow t-shirts and socks and dark green pants), not only managed their advantage, but first Ramsey and then Bale were able to extend it, mainly the left-handed Madrid player .

He could have sentenced the match at game time and rounded off a magnificent performance. Instead, his penalty shot was elevated to the Olympic stands. Almost immediately afterwards, he returned to touch the second goal by blocking a clearance by the Ottoman goalkeeper.

His ruling gave life to Turkey, who, with more drive than football, never gave up to score at least one point and increase their chances of going to the second round. But he had no ideas and the few were aborted by goalkeeper Danny Ward in a Merih Demiral header.

In full Turkish frustration, and with the added compliment, there was still time for Bale to round off a magnificent performance and make up for the penalty error with his second assist, to Connor Roberts, who sealed the final 0-2.

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