Belfast Telegraph

Defiant Turkey ready for Czech Republic

By Adam McKendry

Turkey defender Gokan Gonul still believes his side have a chance of reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2016. They face a Czech Republic side who also have their sights set on the last 16 after they snatched a remarkable 2-2 draw with Croatia last time out.

Turkey are still looking for their first win, and goal, of the tournament having been beaten 1-0 by Croatia in their opener before being given a footballing lesson by Spain in a 3-0 defeat on Friday.

Despite that, Gonul says his team will not give up on their dream of making the knockouts.

"There is a thing the Turkish national team always does, which is chase the game until the last minute," the 31-year old defender said.

"Again, we have left it until the last game. Maybe we don't have much of a chance this time.

"But we will still do our very best and hopefully, with the help of some luck, we can defeat the Czech Republic and go through."

Turkey's progression would still rely on other results going their way, even with a win in tonight's game.

The Czechs, who would move onto four points should they win, would almost be guaranteed a place in the last 16.

They will have to do it without midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury.

  • Turkey v Czech Republic, Euro 2016 Group D: Lens, Tonight, 8.00pm

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