Playing at the Stade de France, France and Turkey drew 1-1 on Monday on Matchday 8 in the Group H of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud scored for the French, as Ayhan equalized for Turkey. The current World champions have missed the chance to get the job done with two matchdays to go, but they will probably book their places to the Euro.
France dominated the first half and only didn’t open the scoring because of the good performance of goalkeeper Mert Gunok. Antoine Griezmann and Moussa Sissoko tried twice each but failed to overcome the Turkish keeper. The Turks could do nothing but to defend themselves, as they barely got to Steve Mandanda’s area.
Despite the offensiveness from the hosts, the game remained goalless at half-time. After the break, the story was completely different though.
France remained in the attack but had to be careful as Turkey came back more confident. The French national team kept the possession but it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring on 59 minutes when Yilmaz missed a great chance in a counterattack.
France’s manager, Didier Deschamps read the game and introduced Giroud into the game, replacing Wissam Ben Yedder. It was a good sub from the French, as it took Giroud only four minutes to score. The Chelsea striker went higher than anyone else to nod home a corner from the right. 1-0 France.
The Turks did not feel the goal and threw themselves at the hosts in search of the goal. After good chances wasted, they found the equalizer on 81 mins. AC Milan’s Calhanoglu’s set-piece met defender Ayhan, who headed home past Mandanda to level the game. 1-1.
It was a good come back for the Turks, yet a disappointing outcome for the French. With two matches to go, Turkey and France lead Group H with 19 points each. They both are not qualified yet, as Iceland has 15 points, and can still surpass both national teams. France’s two remaining matches are against Moldova at home and Andorra away. Turkey will host Iceland and play away against Andorra.