Worn by the Aaron Ramsey-Gareth Bale duo, Wales surprised Turkey on Wednesday and won 2-0 in Baku. The Welsh take a big step towards the knockout stages.
After being crushed by Italy in the opening match (3-0), Turkey absolutely had to react. Missed. In an Olympic stadium in Baku won to their cause, the Turks negotiated the meeting very badly, surprised by the Welsh (2-0).
The Turks had few chances. They were dangerous on a corner (28th), headed by Ayhan. But the ball will eventually be repelled. In the second half, Burak Yilmaz was served with a header into the box. Forgotten by the Welsh defense (54th), he was in an ideal position but missed his volley and missed the target. The striker crowned champion of France with Lille a few weeks earlier failed to carry his selection.
The sparkling Ramsey-Bale duo
The meeting was however moderated by the duo Aaron Ramsey-Gareth Bale. A combination between the two made it possible to open the scoring. The Tottenham striker delivered a superb pass to his teammate, who controlled from the chest before sending a volley into the Turkish goal, to allow the Welsh to lead 1-0.
Bale completely misses his penalty
At the hour of play, the former Real had the opportunity to put his team in the shelter. Hooked by Celik at the edge of the penalty area, he got a penalty. But Bale missed it completely and the ball went very (very) over the crossbar. He tried to catch up a few seconds later by recovering a ball lost by the Turkish defense, without success.
Aaron Ramsey also distinguished himself defensively. At the end of the game, he placed a superb sliding tackle to remove the ball from Muldur, who was rushing alone into the box, with the equalizer ball at the end of the studs.
Connor Roberts’ knockout
The two teams did not give up until the end, to offer a fiery end to the match, first marked by a little scramble that will push Artur Soares Dias, the referee of the meeting, distributed the yellow cards: Yilmaz will be sanctioned, and Davies and Mepham as well. The coup de grace will finally come from Connor Roberts in added time, after yet another inspiration from Gareth Bale, to score the second Welsh goal.
The Welsh victory upsets the classification of Group A. Before the kick-off of Italy-Switzerland (9 p.m.), Wales takes the lead in the group and takes a big step towards the knockout stages. For the Turks, things are getting more complicated, although they can always finish better third and qualify.