Turkey downs world champions France 2-0 in Euro 2020 qualifiers

Turkey achieved their first ever victory over France, beating them 2-0, in Konya at the Torku Arena Stadium on Saturday night.

With their victory over France, who are the reigning World Cup champions, Turkey now leads Group H in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers with 9 points in 3 matches, scoring 8 unanswered goals in total.

Right wing Cengiz Under’s free-kick from the left was picked up by defender Merih Demiral, who lifted the ball into the goal area where Kaan Ayhan towered above the French defense to head in Turkey’s first goal of the match in the 30th minute.

Barely 10 minutes later Under was back in the thick of things when he scored Turkey’s second goal in the 40th minute.

The two teams went into the break with Turkey leading 2-0.

In the second half, the Turkish team kept up the pressure, not allowing France back in the game.

The first dangerous play of the second half came from Turkey as France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris barely saved Burak Yilmaz’s shot in the penalty area in the 54th minute.

Mahmut Tekdemir’s hard shot from a distance was pushed out for a corner by Lloris in the 70th minute.

France was unable to break Turkey, who recorded a historic victory.

In the first match of the qualifiers, Turkey defeated Albania 2-0, then beat Moldova 4-0. France comfortably beat Moldova 4-1 and Iceland 4-0 in their first two matches.

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