(Latvia 1-2 Turkey) It seemed that for a long time Latvia would give Norway a solid hand in the battle for second place in the group. Burak Yilmaz wanted it differently.
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20 minutes before the end, it was very brilliant in the eyes of the Norwegians when Latvia took the lead against Turkey. Then all of a sudden, there was a four point difference between the teams, and a Norwegian playoff almost seemed to be assured. Then Serdar Dursun tied the fourth before the end.
It seemed like a long time for the tie, before Swedish referee Andreas Ekberg decided to signal the long penalty spot in extra time. The decision was made after the judge was told to review the VAR screen.
Veteran Burak Yilmaz came out cold from the penalty spot and made it 2-1.
This means that there are currently two points between Norway in the playoffs and even Turkey in third place in the group.
– It was too good. It shouldn’t be possible, says former national team manager Egil “Drillo” Olsen on TV 2 after the late goal game.
When Captain Martin Ødegaard receives questions from the licensee about Turkey’s overtime victory, he admits that there was a small line in the bill.
– It was heavy. I have to admit that, especially when they were down and Latvia held 1-1 for so long. But now we must focus on ourselves. We are two victories from the World Cup, says Martin Ødegaard to the channel.
This is exactly the approach that national team coach Ståle Solbakken will take after the 2-0 win against Montenegro.
– That can’t matter to us. We have seen that Turkey have conceded goals and scored towards the end of the matches, Solbakken tells TV 2.
In the game between the Netherlands and Gibraltar, there was never any doubt that the home team would take all the points. It finished 6-0 in Rotterdam.
In Riga, it was the guests who started out fresh. After 18 minutes of play, Turkey played themselves the ‘mother of all occasions’, but midfielder Demiral proved just that when he put the ball out of the open goal.
The remainder of the game was characterized by tough play and many physical challenges on the wet field, but Eduardo Alves showed great heart and played a good game.
Just after the break, Inter player Hakan Çalhanoğlu was dangerous up front with a good free kick from 20 meters. The shot slid just off the post and crashed into the wall of the net.
Solbakken on the previous visit to Turkey: – It was completely cursed
Just a minute later, the home team was dangerously ahead, when they combined very well on the pitch against a limping Turkish defense. The only thing missing was that the last pass from Raivis Jurkovskis voted for the goal.
Then finally online acquaintances arrived in Riga. First, Turkey’s Demiral was clumsy and unlucky when he cleared a post directly into his own net, before Serdar Dursun tied five minutes later.
In the 85th minute, a phenomenal play from the left wing freed Latvija’s Cengiz Ünder to break through and score another goal for the visitors.
Then, in overtime, that judge Ekberg pointed to the penalty spot. After a VAR control, the Swede kept the decision. The pressure was enormous on veteran Yilmaz, who responded by keeping his head frozen for eight minutes into extra time.
Thus, it ended with a 2-1 Turkish victory.
In Rotterdam, the home team was in the lead even before the ten minutes had been played. Liverpool stopper Virgil van Dijk sent the home team ahead with the forehead brace to 1-0.
Minutes later, Memphis Depay had the opportunity to double the lead from the penalty spot, but the Barcelona player took advantage of it poorly.
Soon after, however, Depay did well again and scored the second goal of the match. In the extension of the first half, the forward again had the opportunity from the penalty spot. On his second attempt, he sat down and thus 3-0 as the teams went to break.
Three minutes after the team change, European Championship sensation Denzel Dumfries rose to 4-0, before Arnaut Danjuma put in the fifth quarter of the night before the end. 6-0 came to Donyell Malen.
The Netherlands lead the group with 19 points, two points ahead of Norway with 17. Turkey stands at 15.