Turks have their task cut out

June 21, 2016 01:23 am | Updated October 18, 2016 02:45 pm IST - LENS:

Turkey has left it late to bid for a place in the knockout stage but defender Gokhan Gonul believes it still has a chance, if it can beat a buoyant Czech side in their final Group D game on Tuesday.

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

The Czechs, though, are full of confidence after fighting back from two goals down to draw with Croatia on Friday.

Aside from scoring its first goal of the tournament, Turkey would need other results to go its way even if it does win, while victory for the Czechs would put them on four points and in a good position to make the last 16.

“Turkey is a very strong side, it has a lot of good players who play for top teams,” said Czech forward Tomas Necid. “As a team, it has good link-up play and plenty of flair.”

The Czechs will be missing their flair player, Tomas Rosicky, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury sustained in the remarkable comeback from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Croatia.

The Czechs have two players who risk suspension for the knockout stages if they get another yellow card, while the Turks have five who will need to stay on the right side of Scottish referee William Collum.


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