Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - WORLD SPORTS -

World cham­pion France was given a cold shower on Satur­day in a Euro 2020 qual­i­fier against Turkey, which kept up pres­sure through­out the game for a 2-0 home win and placed it­self in the lead in Group H.

Turkey started the game strong, scor­ing their first goal in the 30th minute with a header from Kaan Ay­han fol­low­ing Cen­giz Un­der’s free kick into the penalty area.

Un­der then raised the dif­fer­ence in the 40th minute, slip­ping the ball past Hugo Lloris af­ter a sprint down the right wing to the French goal.

Les Bleus upped the pres­sure in the sec­ond half of the game, but missed sev­eral chances to score due to strong de­fence from their op­po­nents and a solid per­for­mance from goal­keeper Mert Gunok.

Bu­rak Yil­maz missed the chance to put Turkey fur­ther ahead at the 85th minute, send­ing the ball nar­rowly past the right post af­ter a one-on-one with Lloris.

French team man­ager Di­dier Deschamps fielded nine of the play­ers that started last year’s World Cup fi­nal. But France strug­gled to cre­ate chances, while Hugo Lloris de­nied Turkey on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“That was a slap in the face for us and there’s not a lot I can say,”

Deschamps told TF1. “We have a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge on Tues­day and I have to say well done to Turkey. We need to get back to ba­sics.”

“When you play like that on a col­lec­tive level there is noth­ing pos­i­tive you can take from the game.

“We didn’t put in the match we needed to against a team that played their game. That’s toplevel foot­ball and it’s the same whether you are world cham­pi­ons or not.”

In other games in the group on Satur­day, Ice­land earned a 1-0 home win against Al­ba­nia, while Moldova beat An­dorra 1-0 at home.

Turkey now lead Group H with nine points hav­ing won all three games so far. They are fol­lowed by France then Ice­land, both at six points.

Turkey’s Ke­nan Kara­man in ac­tion with France’s Moussa Sis­soko

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