Wales, tied in its first match against Switzerland, topped its group temporarily with 4 points, while Italy, which defeated Turkey 3-0 in the opening finals, occupies second place with 3 points, waiting to play its second match later at the Olympic Stadium in Rome against Switzerland. .
The task of the Turkish team, who played the match before the eyes of his country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in the stands of Baku Stadium in Azerbaijan, was complicated by skipping the group stage, as it finished bottom of the group without points after its second loss in a row.
Welshman Gareth Bale, the star of the match with two assists and despite missing a penalty, said: “First of all, I am very happy with the victory. We fought hard and we always do it,” adding, “I missed a penalty but I think I showed a strong character to help my team move forward. We wanted to win. More than anything else, but the second goal was like a cherry on a candy bar.”
This confrontation is the first between the two teams in a major tournament, knowing that the last meeting between them was on August 20, 1997, in the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup, and Turkey defeated Wales 6-4 in Istanbul.
As for Wales’ last victory over Turkey, it goes back 40 years, specifically to 1981, with a 1-0 result in Ankara, when Turkey’s current coach, Senol Güneş, was guarding its lair.
Gonesh kept Juventus defender Merih Demiral on the bench, who scored a goal against his team by mistake in the three-way loss against Italy at the opening of the competitions, and the attacking midfielder for French Lille, Youssef Yazidji, and used the Italian Sassuolo defender, Kahn Ayhan, and winger. Leicester City, Genghis Under.
On the other hand, Wales coach Robert Page maintained his confidence in the same line-up with a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Kiefer Moore led the attack, while Real Madrid’s loaned star Gareth Bale played on the right wing.
Wales, which reached the semi-finals in the 2016 edition in its first participation, seemed the most dangerous in the first half, and missed opportunities as the Turkish goalkeeper, Ugurshan Shakir, in the seventh minute saved the shot of the Italian Juventus player, Aaron Ramsey, to return the latter and waste an opportunity after a pass in the back of the defense From Bale hit it strong over the goal.
Turkey responded with a header from Ayhan after a corner kick that Welsh goalkeeper Danny Yard was unable to block, so the Welsh defense intervened and eliminated the danger.
In a ball similar to the one he missed earlier, Ramsey inside the area received an elaborate pass in the back of the Turkish defense from Bale, so he turned and shot with the right foot the floor that shook the net.
At the beginning of the second half, Güneş made two substitutions, involving Demiral and Yazidji instead of Okay Yokochlo and Ozan Tofan.
Wales got a chance to knockdown her opponent, but Bale missed a penalty he got himself after a mistake by Zeki Celik’s mission, and he shot awkwardly over the goal.
The 31-year-old Real player has missed the international level in his last 13 matches, especially since his goal against Croatia, in October 2019.
Bale compensated with a second crucial pass on the evening, his sixth in his last nine matches, after he penetrated the penalty area and passed to Swansea City defender Conor Roberts, who hit the ball creeping into the net.