The connection between two of the reference players of Gales, Gareth Bale Y Aaron Ramsey, virtually placed Rob Page’s team in the knockout stages of the European Championship and condemned Turkey to a second defeat that leaves them on the verge of KO.
They had notified twice. Bale, unopposed, looked at the area from the three quarters and Ramsey entered alone from the second row. In the first (m.6), the goalkeeper Ugurcan Çakir saved the shot of the Juventus player, who in the second (m.24) shot too high when he was completely alone.
But the third time he did not fail. Turkey, who seemed to have woken up as the minutes passed, had unbelievably not learned their lesson. He left Bale alone again to control, look and center the area, and allowed Ramsey to enter a highway to lower the ball with his chest and cross it into the net.
It was the punishment for a new oversight of the Senol Gunes team. The need for victory after falling decisively in the opening match of the Eurocup against Italy (3-0) was not reciprocated on the field. Only in a few bars with the class of the Milanese Hakan Calhanoglu, the attempts by the right of Cengiz Under and the fight at the tip of the Lille striker Burak Yilmaz fed their illusions.
Wales, with the same starting eleven as against Switzerland, knew how to manage the game well. Quick when it was needed with Daniel James on the left, solid behind when the wear took its toll and attentive to take advantage of the facilities of his rival.
Senol Gunes had no choice but to find solutions. At halftime he brought in Yusuf Yazici and Merih Demiral in place of Ozan Tufan and Okay Yokuslu, who had been shipwrecked in the first half. He almost found them, but Burak Yilmaz rushed to the edge of the small area and missed a clear option to direct the resurrection.
The ‘red dragons’, who on this occasion looked more like the ‘Australian socceroos’ (uniformed with yellow t-shirts and socks and dark green pants), not only managed their advantage, but first Ramsey and then Bale were able to extend it, mainly the left-handed Madrid player .
He could have sentenced the match at game time and rounded off a magnificent performance. Instead, his penalty shot was raised to the stands of the Olympic. Almost immediately afterwards, he returned to touch the second goal by blocking a clearance by the Ottoman goalkeeper.
His ruling gave life to Turkey, who, with more drive than football, never gave up to score at least one point and increase their chances of going to the second round. But he had no ideas and the few were aborted by meta Danny Ward on a header from Merih Demiral.
In full Turkish frustration, and with the added compliment, still Bale had time to round out a magnificent performance and make up for the penalty mistake with his second assist, to Connor Roberts, who sealed the final 0-2.
0 – Turkey: Ugurcan Cakir; Zeki Celik, Kaan Ayghan, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras (Mert Müldür, art. 72); Okay Yokuslu (Demiral, article 46), Cengiz Under (Irfan Can Kavehci, article 83), Hakan Çalhanoglu, Ozan Tufan (Yusuf Yazici, article 46), Kenan Karaman (Halil Dervisoglu, article 75); y Burak Yilmaz.
2 – Gales: Ward; Connor Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Ben Davies; Allen (Ampadu, m.73), Morrell; Daniel James (Neco Williams, m.94), Ramsey (Wilson, m.85), Bale; y Moore.
Goals: 0-1, M.42: Ramsey. 0-2, M.95: Roberts.
Referee: Artur Dias (POR). He admonished the Turks Burak Yilmaz (m.92) and Calhanoglu (m.92), and the Welsh Ben Davies (m.92) and Mepham (m.92).
Incidents: Match of the second day of group A played at the Olympic stadium in Baku.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.