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Wales are within sight of the knockout stages at Euro 2020 after producing a superb performance to beat Turkey in Baku.
Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring shortly before half-time, having already spurned two golden chances, as he combined superbly with Gareth Bale.
Bale could have put the result beyond doubt himself when winning a second-half penalty, but the Real Madrid star blazed his spot-kick way over the bar.
No matter, as Turkey tried and failed to find a leveller, Wales finally sealed victory deep in stoppage time as Bale teed-up Connor Roberts to sweep home a second.
The result sends Wales to the top of Group A, at least until Italy play Switzerland later on Wednesday, and it would take an unlikely sequence of results to see them miss out on the last-16, as one of the best third-placed teams at the very least.
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- GOAL! Roberts seals it in stoppage time
- MISS! Bale blasts penalty over
- GOAL! Ramsey gives Wales lead
- Team news
- Match predictions
Aaron Ramsey on Gareth Bale’s penalty miss: “Maybe I’ll get back on them now!”
Gareth Bale has been speaking to the BBC19:11 , Malik Ouzia
“I’m absolutely delighted with the win, we fought hard, worked our socks off, yes I missed a penalty but I feel I showed good character to keep going.
“Aaron [Ramsey] got in a few times, we’ve always linked up well, it was important to get the victory today.
“You’d like to think that [four points] would be enough, we will have to wait and see, if you’d offered us four points at the start we would have bitten your hand off.”19:07 , Malik Ouzia
Connor Roberts has just called that goal the best moment of his career and says it’ll probably never be topped. I’d say he’s probably right, all things considered.
Here’s the goal that sealed it...19:06 , Malik Ouzia
I’ll take a quick moment here to say, man, how disappointing have Turkey been? All that pre-tournament hype and two pretty dismal displays.
But enough of that - we’ll have all the reaction from Baku as we get it.
FT: Turkey 0-2 Wales18:54 , Malik Ouzia
Wales are on the brink of the last-16!
What a performance!
GOAL! | Turkey 0-2 Wales | Connor Roberts 90+5'18:53 , Malik Ouzia
They’ve done it!
Not content to keep it in the corner, Bale runs along the byline and cuts back for Roberts to make it two!18:50 , Malik Ouzia
90+3 mins: Another wonderful chance on the break! James, to Bale, to Wilson, but his shot is deflected over the bar.
They’ll have a corner to run down the clock, though....18:48 , Malik Ouzia
90+1 mins: And now it’s all going off. It started with a clash between Ben Davies and Burak Yilmaz as the latter tried to score, but plenty more piled in and a couple of Wales players are on the deck clutching their faces.
Mepham, Davies and Yilmaz are all in the book, but I fancy it could have been any one of about ten players there.18:46 , Malik Ouzia
89 mins: What a chance to seal it!
Dan James runs away on the counter-attack, full length of the field stuff, but his tired legs overhit the cross to Harry Wilson in the middle, who would have had a sitter.18:45 , Malik Ouzia
87 mins: Massive, massive save!
Demiral meets the corner and probably thinks he’s scored as he gets a powerful head to it, but Ward pushes away.18:41 , Malik Ouzia
84 mins: Aaron Ramsey - man of the match for my money - is heading off having run himself into the ground. Harry Wilson is on to help see this out.18:36 , Malik Ouzia
79 mins: Wales are still committing plenty forward, knowing the second would kill this off. Dan James twists and turns but fires tamely at the near post.
Then, Ramsey curls in a lovely cross and Bale gets up well but can only power his header straight at Cakir.18:31 , Malik Ouzia
74 mins: Ouch. Moore is caught in the face by the trailing knee of Soyuncu and his nose is immediately streaming blood.18:30 , Malik Ouzia
73 mins: Yep, here is that Welsh change - Ethan Ampadu replaces Joe Allen.18:26 , Malik Ouzia
69 mins: Still no changes from Wales and you can understand why, particularly in the attacking half of the pitch, because they still look a threat on the break. It’s a hot evening though, and the midfield will surely need freshening up.18:21 , Malik Ouzia
64 mins: A lifeline for Turkey and they look re-energised. Under drives and his shot takes a little nick and almost falls for Yilmaz.
MISSED PENALTY!18:18 , Malik Ouzia
It’s an absolutely shocking penalty from Gareth Bale!
Wales’ talisman strolls up and blazes miles over! It’s a proper shocker.18:16 , Malik Ouzia
60 mins: Penalty to Wales!
Gareth Bale skips past Celik and goes down. It’s a clear foul, but is it inside the box? The referee says so and VAR confirms.
What a chance...18:15 , Malik Ouzia
58 mins: He’s a chance magnet tonight, Ramsey. Roberts bundles through a couple of challenges and pulls back for Ramsey, who hits it on the swivel and the ball takes a little nick which actually makes Cakir’s low save a very good one.18:14 , Malik Ouzia
57 mins: Danny Ward’s just had what looks like a final warning about timewasting. Long old way to go.18:10 , Malik Ouzia
53 mins: Turkey are so passive. Gareth Bale is standing in acres on the edge of the box and is found by Ramsey. He has time to take a touch as no one really bothers coming out to close him down, but he eventually lashes the bouncing ball a yard or two over.18:09 , Malik Ouzia
52 mins: Brilliant again from Bale, who draws the attentions of three men before offloading to Ramsey. The goalscorer tries to pick out Moore in the middle but it’s blocked behind for a corner, which Cakir comes to punch clear.18:05 , Malik Ouzia
48 mins: Well, that’s brave. Both Soyuncu and Demiral decide to leave a cross from James but Cakir isn’t convinced that it’s going wide and opts to tip it round the post.
KICK-OFF!18:02 , Malik Ouzia
A couple of changes for Turkey at the break.Yusuf YazÄ±cÄ± and Merih Demiral are both on, in place of YokuÅlu and Tufan.
We are back underway...18:01 , Malik Ouzia
Right then, the teams are just on their way back out. A massive second half for Wales - a win would see them as good as through, but anything less will mean they’ll need a result against Italy in Rome.
Here’s how Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring...17:57 , Malik Ouzia
17:51 , Malik Ouzia
"HE CAN MISS AS MANY CHANCES AS HE LIKES, AS LONG AS THAT WAS THE WINNER!"June 16, 2021
I wanted to say it after 40 minutes but it felt a bit weird given those two missed chances, but Aaron Ramsey has been absolutely superb in this half. As has Gareth Bale.
Wales’ two best players have turned up on the biggest of occasions so far.
HT: Turkey 0-1 Wales17:47 , Malik Ouzia
Halfway to a cracking result.
GOAL! | Turkey 0-1 Wales | Aaron Ramsey 43'17:42 , Malik Ouzia
Third time lucky!
It’s that combination again - a wonderful Bale pass, a brilliant Ramsey run. The only difference this time is that the latter chests down nicely and then finishes superbly. Massive, massive goal.17:41 , Malik Ouzia
41 mins: Into the last few minutes of what has been an entertaining half.
Can Wales force a breakthrough?17:37 , Malik Ouzia
37 mins: And there is a chance on the break. Gareth Bale intercepts and then charges forwards. He’s got two up with him against only two Turkish defenders but he tries to go alone and Soyuncu makes an excellent sliding tackle.17:35 , Malik Ouzia
34 mins: It’s Turkey on the front foot now - in the last ten minutes they’ve stepped it up. They’ve got to be wary of the Welsh threat on the break, which was shown a few moments ago when James threatened to run away until he was cynically cleaned out. Somehow, he didn’t get a free-kick either.17:31 , Malik Ouzia
30 mins: Off the line!
Or rather, next to the line. Ayhan heads goalwards and Joe Morrell is on the post to head away - don’t think it was going in anyway, but he wasn’t to know.17:29 , Malik Ouzia
29 mins: Turkey are just starting to pose a little more of a threat and they’ve got a corner here after some decent defending by Joe Rodon.
Will Wales - and Ramsey, in particular - rue those missed chances?17:24 , Malik Ouzia
24 mins: What. A. Chance.
It’s the same combination as before, Bale with a ball in behind for Ramsey. He’s so clear that you think he must be offside but he isn’t and that means he has to score.
His first touch isn’t great and he just gets his head down and puts his foot through it when a more composed finish was needed. Over the bar and a glorious opening is gone.17:23 , Malik Ouzia
22 mins: Dan James is causing all sorts of problems down this left flank. Wales are playing with much more belief and adventure today.17:17 , Malik Ouzia
17 mins: How has this stayed out?
Bale it is this time who gets up at the back post and he manages to keep it alive, nodding across goal to the other post, where Ramsey helps it back into the mix and Moore can’t apply the finishing touch. There’s a big appeal from handball from those in yellow but there’s nothing doing.17:13 , Malik Ouzia
13 mins: Good game, this.
Dan James finds a bit of space down the left and hangs one up for Moore at the back post. He gets up just as well as you’d expect but can’t get over the ball with his header and it loops onto the roof of the net.17:09 , Malik Ouzia
9 mins: Not far away at the other end. Turkey take a quick free-kick and Under’s pull back finds Yilmaz, who hits it first time but his shot takes a nick and goes just wide.17:07 , Malik Ouzia
6 mins: What a chance!
Gareth Bale nudges in behind for Aaron Ramsey who has made a great run. It looks like the square pass might be on for a second to leave Moore with a tap-in, but Soyuncu is steaming across on the cover so Ramsey sells him a dummy and then tries to fool the ‘keeper and squeeze in at the near post but he sticks out a foot and diverts it behind.17:04 , Malik Ouzia
3 mins: An early chance for Wales to whip one in from a wide free-kick but the delivery isn’t great and Ben Davies can only steer well wide with his header.
KICK-OFF!17:00 , Malik Ouzia
We are up and running...16:55 , Malik Ouzia
National anthem time in Baku. One of those where you can hear far more of the players singing than ideal.16:50 , Malik Ouzia
Right then, ten minutes to go until kick-off.
Of course, we’re all behind Wales, but I would like to see what Turkey are all about, really. They came into this tournament as many peoples’ dark horses and were thoroughly disappointing against Italy on the opening night.
Some Wales fans have made the mammoth trip to Baku16:38 , Malik Ouzia
Hughes: We must get Bale running on break16:26 , Malik Ouzia
Former Wales boss Mark Hughes believes (somewhat unsurprisingly) that Gareth Bale holds the key for Wales today.
“Whenever we do play well Gareth Bale is invariably involved,” he told Betfair. “There could be an option to play him down the middle, just to take away those defensive duties that maybe restricted him. But that obviously impacts on the position of Keiffer Moore, so I doubt they would do that.
“But we clearly need Bale to be a positive influence for us. If we have that intensity and start breaking up attacks, we’ll have the opportunity to break and Gareth Bale on the break is outstanding.
“They can switch the wide guys over anyway. Dan James put in a couple of magnificent balls from the left and he can play on the right as well. You can mix and match and cause opposition full-backs different problems. I didn’t see us doing that too often, so perhaps that’s something we need to do more of.”
Wales unchanged16:17 , Malik Ouzia
So, despite a fairly lacklustre showing in that opening game, Robert Page has stuck with an unchanged lineup, though you’d imagine it’ll be a little more attacking in terms of what it actually looks like on the pitch.
It’s only a shade shy of must-win for Wales.
Team news16:06 , Malik Ouzia
Turkey XI: Cakir, Celik, Ayhan, Soyuncu, Meras, Yokuslu, Karaman, Calhanoglu, Tufan, Under, Burak Yilmaz.
Subs: Gunok, Demiral, Tokoz, Yazici, Bayindir, Antalyali, Kabak, Kokcu, Kahveci, Akturkoglu, Muldur, Dervisoglu.
Wales XI: Ward, Connor Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Ben Davies, Allen, Bale, Morrell, Ramsey, James, Moore.
Subs: Hennessey, Gunter, Neco Williams, Lockyer, Wilson, Tyler Roberts, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, Jonathan Williams, Brooks, Adam Davies, Levitt.
Not a final, says Page15:20 , Alex Young
Turkey manager Senol Gunes says this afternoon’s games against Wales is a "final" for his side, a view Robert Page does not agree with.
"No. There's another game left. We're just taking each game as it comes," said Page. "They [Turkey] will be looking at this game to get the three points. We're totally prepared for that.
"It's not all about the performance. In tournament football it's about sometimes that you have to find a way to win. We've shown we can do that. We've shown resilience.
"We've also identified this game as one we can do all right in. It'll make for an entertaining game. It's not going to be easy. It's going to be a difficult game."
Page wary of Turkey threat15:11 , Alex Young
Wales boss Robert Page has warned that Turkey are a lot better than their opening scoreline with Italy suggested.
"We've not just watched their game against Italy, we've watched games going back over recent months," said interim manager Page, whose Wales side began the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
"The personnel has changed, but we're up against a very good team. We've identified where they are good but it stops there, because we look at ourselves and we've got players who can hurt teams."
Bale unfazed by Baku crowd14:56 , Alex Young
Gareth Bale says Wales plan to silence what will be effectively a home Turkey crowd in Baku.
The 69,870-capacity stadium will be almost half full following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, with around 34,000 expected to be present made up of only a few hundred Wales supporters and thousands of Turkey fans due to the relatively short journey.
Bale said: "Obviously we'd prefer to be playing in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but it's not meant to be. You feed off the atmosphere. Of course they're not saying great things, but I guess you want to silence them.
"We'll feel like the away team in an away stadium and you know you're going to get a bit more abuse. All us footballers have dealt with it in the past, it's the normal, and you enjoy it.
"If anything it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch, and hopefully we can keep them silent.”
Turkey team news14:38 , Alex Young
Turkey may also make changes after that heavy defeat to Italy, with Cengiz Under, Irfan Can Kahveci and Kaan Ayhan all vying for a start.
Turkey predicted XI: UÄurcan ÇakÄ±r; Mehmet Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, ÇaÄlar Söyüncü, Cengiz Umut MeraÅ; Kaan Ayhan, Ozan Tufan, Hakan ÇalhanoÄlu, Ä°rfan Can Kahveci, Cengiz Ünder; Burak YÄ±lmaz
Wales team news14:19 , Alex Young
Wales are expected to tinker with their system in their second group game.
Robert Page’s men drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening fixture on Saturday, but with the impressive Italy to come in the final game, a positive result is needed against a Turkey side who were beaten 3-0 by the Italians in a tepid display in the tournament curtain-raiser.
Wales predicted XI: Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Morrell, Allen; Bale, Ramsey, James; Moore
Do or die?14:07 , Alex Young
Perhaps a little strong, but Turkey and Wales both know that a win today will put them in a hugely strong position to reach the knockout stages.
A defeat could be catastrophic.
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