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Turkey v France Live Commentary, 9/6/19

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K. Ayhan (30)
C. Ünder (40)
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Commentary

That's all from Turkey's 2-0 win over France. Thank you for joining us and, until next time, goodbye!
Turkey move top of the group on nine points following today's massive win, but France are still only three points behind with the same number of games played. They play Andorra on Tuesday in a game they should win comfortably, while Turkey visit Iceland in a crucial game against a side that make themselves very difficult to beat.
What a win for Turkey! They take a massive step forward in their qualifying group and move top! It's been a performance of the highest quality by the home side as they swept aside the world champions. Ayhan made it 1-0 after half an hour with a header at the end of an excellent set piece routine and Under doubled the lead 10 minutes later with a right-footed finish under Lloris. Yilmaz had a number of second-half chances to make it 3-0 and seal the win, but France never threatened enough to make a third necessary. In fact, the French offered absolutely nothing and failed to even have a shot on target.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: TURKEY 2-0 FRANCE.
90' + 3' Yilmaz gets in behind - on the end of an Omur throughball - but he's just offside. Lloris makes the save anyway, though.
90' + 2' Turkey can counter here and take advantage of France committing men forward, but it's a case of holding on to the ball for the final few minutes as they see out a deserved victory.
A. Ömür
D. Toköz
Turkey
90' Tokoz makes way for Omur as the game nears the end.
88' France have offered absolutely nothing today. Frankly, their performance has been terrible and they've been given a warning by Turkey. There's still plenty of football to be played during the qualifying campaign, but they're in for a battle to finish top.
K. Coman
Yellow Card
France
86' Coman is shown a yellow card for what the referee perceives to be simulation.
86' Yilmaz has another chance to make it 3-0 - played in by Karaman - but he shoots just wide of the far post and France are let off the hook of further embarrassment.
Y. Yazıcı
C. Ünder
Turkey
85' Under has been superb today - scoring the second goal and generally working hard - and he comes off to a deserved ovation. Yazici is his replacement.
82' Turkey are on the attack again, but the move breaks down after a heavy pass from Under.
80' Griezmann takes, but Gunok is quick off his line to punch clear and ends up colliding with Pogba, who was trying to attack the ball. It's brave goalkeeping from the Turkey stopper to protect his clean sheet.
O. Tufan
İ. Kahveci
Turkey
80' Kahveci has played his part tonight and he comes off for Tufan.
79' France are sustaining pressure at the moment and win a free-kick inside Turkey's half.
77' In fact, Mbappe hasn't had a shot either on or off target. The only attacking contribution he's made so far is a key pass.
76' By the way France are playing, you'd think they've given up on the game entirely. There's no urgency at all when in possession and the likes of Mbappe and Griezmann have been extremely quiet.
74' Under takes, but he goes for goal and he can't get the dip needed to find the far corner. France receive a goal-kick.
73' Turkey have a free-kick in a good position just outside the box next to the byline after Umtiti brought down Yilmaz.
W. Ben Yedder
O. Giroud
France
72' Giroud hasn't been in the game at all and Deschamps brings him off for Ben Yedder.
70' GREAT HIT! Tekdemir has all the time and space in the world to line this up from outside the box and he puts his foot through it, but Lloris watches it all the way and tips it over the bar for a corner.
68' Yilmaz has to leave the pitch to get a nosebleed seen to after a tough challenge from Sissoko, but he'll play on.
66' France nearly create an opportunity here from Pavard's cross - Griezmann heads it down in the centre of the box, but Giroud can't quite get on the end of it and Gunok gets control of the ball before Mbappe can reach it.
64' Karaman nearly gets in behind and onto the end of a throughball, but Varane gets there first and passes back to Lloris to clear.
62' Yilmaz uses his body well to hold the ball up and protect it from his markers and it leads to an excellent switch of play into Under on the right, but the move breaks down.
60' Sissoko tries to play a throughball into Giroud - who makes a run this time - but the ball doesn't have enough power on it and Demiral clears.
58' France still haven't managed to test Gunok yet with a shot on target, compared to the four Turkey have had.
56' LLORIS SAVES AGAIN! Turkey almost score again following an Under cross, but Lloris makes himself big and saves Karaman's header from a difficult angle inside the six-yard box.
56' GREAT SAVE! Yilmaz very nearly makes it 3-0 with a right-footed shot from inside the box, but Lloris gets his fingertips to it to tip the ball wide! This is a direct result of more defensive mistakes from France, namely a mix-up between Varane and Pavard.
54' The first goalscorer Ayhan is down on the pitch with an issue and the physios are on to help. He's alright to play on.
53' Mendy drives forward and tries to pick out a throughball, but there's a lack of communication and Giroud doesn't make the run as Gunok comes off his line to clean up.
51' Here's France now attacking through Coman and he picks out Griezmann with a deflected cross, but the forward takes too long getting the ball out from under his feet and his shot is blocked by Kaldirim.
50' Turkey have a chance to break through Under, but he chooses to play a safer pass to a team-mate in space rather than potentially lose the ball by looking for a forward option.
48' France didn't register a single shot on target in the first half. In fact, they had just one effort in total. They need to raise their game significantly against a strong Turkey team.
46' France resume the action looking to claw back two goals.
K. Coman
B. Matuidi
France
46' Coman also comes on for Matuidi in another attack-minded substitution.
F. Mendy
L. Digne
France
46' Digne comes off for Mendy in a bid to add some more attacking threat on the left.
Deschamps needs to change something. There's no fluidity between Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud and their midfield is lacking it's usual tenacity and creativity, perhaps bogged down with two defensive-minded players in Matuidi and Sissoko. And the defending? Well, every time the Turkish attack, they look dangerous and, in truth, 2-0 flatters France somewhat. This is going to take a big second-half effort to overturn.
Well this just hasn't been France's game at all! They've completely failed to show up so far. Their defending has been poor, passing sloppy and attacking play lacking any sort of incisiveness. Turkey have taken full advantage of such a lacklustre performance from the world champions. Ayhan opened the scoring with a header from a slick set piece routine on the half hour mark and Under made it 2-0 with a low finish into the bottom-left corner following some terrible French defending 10 minutes later.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: TURKEY 2-0 FRANCE.
M. Demiral
Yellow Card
Turkey
45' + 2' Demiral is also cautioned by the referee for dissent following the clash.
S. Umtiti
Yellow Card
France
45' + 2' Umtiti is shown a yellow card in added time for a climbing on Yilmaz during an aerial duel.
44' CHANCE! Demiral rises high from a corner, but his header goes just wide of the post! Turkey have been fantastic this half and could well be leading by three goals!
42' France haven't lost an international fixtures since a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in November of last year. They've been well below par today and find themselves 2-0 down again!
D. Toköz
Assist
Turkey
40' It would have been narrow-minded of Tokoz to take a shot on from his potition - even though the goal was gaping - but he plays in Under with a perfect pass.
C. Ünder
Goal
Turkey
40' GOAL! TURKEY MAKE IT 2-0! France really haven't turned up today! Gunok launches a goal-kick upfield and Yilmaz pressures the defenders into giving the ball away. Tokoz picks up the loose ball after a poor pass and slips it to Under, who tucks a right-footed shot from inside the box into the bottom-left corner. Such sloppy defending from France and Turkey capitalise superbly.
M. Tekdemir
Yellow Card
Turkey
39' Tekdemir is shown the first yellow card of the game for impeding Mbappe as he leads a counter-attack.
39' GREAT CHANCE! Yilmaz sends a weak shot goalwards from inside the box after a cross and it's easy for Lloris to pounce on. That's a great chance to double the lead.
38' This is much better from France, with Pavard, Griezmann and Giroud linking up well at the edge of the box, but Demiral gets a touch and Gunok is alert to sweep up the loose ball and regain control.
36' The hosts unsurprisingly are confident now they've taken the lead. They're holding on to the ball well and look solid defensively.
34' Turkey are on the break again and Karaman tries to pick out a cross behind the defence, but it's easy for Lloris to collect.
32' This is not the start Deschamps was hoping for! France have been far too casual in possession and perhaps haven't given their opponents due respect. Turkey have punished them though and it's all they've deserved after starting the game as the better of the two sides.
K. Ayhan
Goal
Turkey
30' GOAAAL! TURKEY LEAD 1-0! Ayhan scores after a well-worked set piece routine! Under delivers the free-kick towards the far side of the box, Demiral heads it back into the middle and Ayhan leaps high from the penalty spot to head into the top-right corner. Lloris has no chance of getting that!
M. Demiral
Assist
Turkey
30' This was clearly a pre-rehearsed routine, but Demiral does well to spot Ayhan in the centre of the box and gets his header perfect to find his team-mate.
28' Pogba is sloppy in possession and gives the ball away, prompting Varane to break from the defensive line to win it back, but he gives away a free-kick in the process.
27' France have got the pressure on the Turkish defence here and they win a throw deep in opposition territory by doing so. Can they make something happen here?
25' Here's a chance for Turkey as Karaman picks up the ball at the byline, but he can't pick out a team-mate with a cross and France break from the loose ball.
24' To reflect just how strong Turkey have been so far in their qualifying campaign, they've scored six times in two games and are yet to concede. France are in for a tough game, certainly.
23' This isn't going to be the walk in the park that France perhaps expected. Turkey look dangerous on the break - particularly Yilmaz - and France have struggled to create anything behind a resolute Turkish defence.
21' Turkey are here to play today! They're pressing high and it's paying off so far as they close Pavard down and win a throw deep in French territory.
19' SAVE FROM LLORIS! Lloris was back-pedalling to keep this out of the net! Karaman sees him slightly off his line and tries to loop a header from Under's cross up and over, but Lloris gets back in time to push it wide.
17' Giroud tries to flick the ball on into space for Mbappe, but there's a slight miscommunication between the two as the Paris Saint-Germain forward decides not to continue his run.
16' Yilmaz scored 11 goals in 15 games for Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig this season - but can he transfer this form to the international stage?
14' Yilmaz leads a Turkish counter-attack through the middle of the pitch, but he's brought down by Pogba as he tries to bypass the midfielder with some skill.
12' Giroud is down receiving treatment after taking a blow to the head during an aerial duel, but he's cleared to play on.
11' Yilmaz weaves his way through a number of French defenders at the edge of the box and he goes down under pressure from Pogba, but the referee waves away the protests.
10' France have had the most control of the ball in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but there hasn't been much penetration as of yet. The final pass is lacking, but there's plenty of time to make something happen.
8' Dorukhan seems to have a problem after a duel with Pogba near the sideline, but he plays on.
7' Karaman gives the ball away in the middle third of the pitch and France have a chance to turn this into an attacking move, but they give away a goal-kick.
6' Didier Deschamps seems to have changed his shape early on, switching to a more familiar 4-2-3-1. Griezmann is playing in the middle of an attacking three, flanked by Mbappe and Matuidi. Pogba and Sissoko are the two deeper midfielders.
4' It's Turkey now with their first spell of possession in the game, but Kaldirim can't keep a long pass in play and France receive the throw.
2' Here's Sissoko charging into the area with Mbappe and Giroud in the middle, but his cross is blocked and France win a corner.
1' Turkey get this top-of-the-table clash underway.
The teams are out, the anthems are underway and we’re moments from kick-off.
What a transformation for the Tottenham midfielder! From the periphery of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad to a Champions League final and his first French start since June 2017 in a 2-1 defeat to Sweden. Perhaps he can recapture the international form that saw him revered as one of the best players at Euro 2016.
AC Milan's Calhanoglu is on the Turkish bench, with a front three of Under, Kahveci and Karaman supporting Yilmaz up front. Both Lloris and Giroud return for France after their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League finals respectively, but N’Golo Kante withdrew with a knee injury. Many expected Ndombele to get the nod in midfield, but there’s a surprise start for Sissoko instead.
SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Leo Dubois, Clement Lenglet, Kurt Zouma, Thomas Lemar, Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombele, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin, Kingsley Coman, Mike Maignan.
FRANCE XI (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne; Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann.
SUBS: Nazim Sangare, Umut Meras, Abdulkadir Omur, Yusuf Yazic, Deniz Turuc, Hakan Calhanoglu, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Caglar Soyuncu, Ugurcan Cakir, Sinan Bolat, Guven Yalcin, Ozan Tufa.
TURKEY XI (4-2-3-1): Fehmi Mert Gunok; Mehmet Zeki Celik, Kaan Ayhan, Merih Demiral, Hasan Ali Kaldirim; Mahmut Tekdemir, Dorukhan Tokoz; Cengiz Under, Irfan Kahveci, Kenan Karaman; Burak Yilmaz.
It’s been 10 years since Turkey and France have met on the international stage - Karim Benzema netting a penalty in a 1-0 French win in 2009 - and today’s game marks the sixth meeting of the two nations, France winning all of the previous five.
Turkey and France have made perfect starts to their qualifying campaigns - winning both matches - so this is a glorious opportunity for one side to pull ahead in the early stages of the group. Both teams are on a winning run of matches - Turkey four victories in a row and France three - which makes for a competitive fixture today.
Hello and welcome to this European Championship qualifier between Turkey and reigning world champions France.