Czech Republic vs Turkey by Isaiah
Czech Republic is alive for the qualification thanks to the 2-2 draw against Croatia. For about seventy minutes they were very mediocre with Croatia fully dominating the game. But after Modric left the game due to injury and after the match interrupted for a while due to Croatian fans, everything changed. Czech Rep. made lot of pressure and managed to reduce to 1-2 and found the equalizer goal in injury time thanks to a penalty.
This was the first point for the Czechs in Euro 2016, as in the first game they lost against Spain 1:0. In that match they were limited to a passive role and simply tried to keep the clean sheet, but three minutes before the end Spain scored. Now Czech Republic need only the victory against Turkey to have qualification hopes (3rd place), since in case of a draw or defeat they will not continue in the tournament. Rosicky will miss the rest of the tournament, but all other players are available.
Turkey is in very mediocre condition after the clear defeat against Spain. They were lined up with defense guidelines, in order to limit the action of the European champions and searched to threat only with some counterattacks. Their defensive line is not inspiring any confidence and the first goal of Spain was a matter of time. Beyond that Spain fully imposed domination to the pitch and Turkey just could not resist.
This defeat brought some grumbling in Turkey team. During the game leader Arda Turan was boyed every time he touched the ball, criticizing him for the lack of passion and effort shown for the second consecutive match. At the first game of the groups stage Turkey lost 1:0 from Croatia, with the final score not reflecting the image of the game, after the Croats created many opportunities for more goals, while the Turks showed appalling both offensively and defensively.
Based on the first two games, Turkey should be undoubtedly among the nasty surprises of the tournament, showing a team with no plan and without thirst for something good. The zero points are not allowing them to look for other result than the victory against Czech Republic. It is still unknown what Terim will do with Arda, maybe he will try to protect him from the fire of the fans, leaving him outside the original eleven. Beyond that, Sahin is doubtful, while no other problems reported.
Czech Republic showed signs of life in the game against Croatia, took a valuable point from an essentially lost match and improved their morale. The Turkish team is dissapointing and based on what I have seen so far by the two opponents, I think that the Czechs who seem to believe it more, will win the game.