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Turkey 0-2 Wales: Last-16 spot at Euros all but sealed as Ramsey and Roberts strike

It was another of the heroes of 2016 who Aaron Ramsey made a beeline for when he scored the goal which will make Wales believe that they can rediscover the elixir of that extraordinary tournament.

He sought out Chris Gunter, his friend, best man and room-mate, with whom he has shared the ups and downs of football since they were primary school hopefuls together at Cardiff City.

Both perhaps felt that what Wales achieved at the European Championships in France five years ago could not be repeated. 

Their embrace, at the dugouts which stand way behind the pitch here just before half-time, suggested otherwise. It was the spirit of 2016 that Wales re-discovered here.

Connor Roberts put the final touches to a stunning Wales win with a last-gasp goal having been teed up in the final moments

Roberts surged away in celebration after Wales confirmed all three points at the death to all but seal a knockout stage spot

Gareth Bale punched the air in celebration after setting up the second goal with world class skill in a much improved display

Bale let out the emotion after realising Wales were on the brink of progressing at Euro 2020 as they built on an opening draw

The Wales squad were elated at the final whistle as Turkey players stood dejected having lost both of their group matches

The goal by Ramsey - the night's outstanding player - was only a part of his broader contribution. From the moment he flicked a ball over a defender with his heel in the game's early stages, he seemed intent on drawing a line under the doubts that made some question whether he should even start this game.

He chased, cajoled found pockets of space, covered immense ground and found the faculty to recover from two big early misses when Bale had put him through. 

He had gone near-post when he might have aimed for the back. He had ballooned over a ball which he struggled to get out from under his feet. He had seemed to have blown Wales chances. Then he anticipated another Bale through ball, took it on his chest and half-volleyed it in. 

It is hard to recall a better performance from Ramsey for Wales.  

Earlier, Aaron Ramsey (right) had opened the scoring with neat control and a cool finish following a delightful pass by Bale

Bale played a sublime ball over the top to Ramsey and caught the Turkey defence off guard as Wales dominated early in Baku

Bale was also on another level, setting up both goals and recovering from a penalty miss that stadium camera crews seemed to delight in. They were still screening close-ups of him 10 minutes after he missed the kick. Turkey's defence was no better than it had been in Rome last week. Bale tore it to shreds.

But this victory was as much about the sentry-men. Tottenham's 23-year-old defender Joe Rodon – a real talent - resisted everything that Turkey threw at him, as did his club team-mate Ben Davies. Danny Ward produced another two-handed save of the highest order at the death.

What makes the Wales story so much more fascinating than most of the nations at this tournament is the contribution of players who have had so little chance to play club football. 

Ward has played more for Wales than Leicester this season. Joe Morrell has not been able to make the Luton Town side.  


Turkey (4-1-4-1): Cakir, Celik, Ayhan, Soyuncu, Meras (Mulder 73), Yokuslu (Demiral 46), Karaman (Dervisoglu 75), Calhanoglu, Tufan (Yazici 46), Under (Kahveci 83), Burak Yilmaz. 

Subs not used: Gunok, Tokoz, Bayindir, Antalyali, Kabak, Kokcu, Akturkoglu.

Booked: Calhanoglu, Yilmaz

Wales (4-2-3-1): Ward 7, C Roberts 6.5, Mepham 6, Rodon 8, B Davies 7, Allen 7 (Ampadu 73), Bale 8, Morrell 6.5, Ramsey 9 (Wilson 85), James 6.5 (N Williams 90+4), Moore 6. 

Subs not used: Hennessey, Gunter, Lockyer, T Roberts, Norrington-Davies, J Williams, Brooks, Adam Davies, Levitt.

Goals: Ramsey (42), Roberts (90+5) 

Booked: Mepham, B Davies

Referee: Artur Soraes Dias (Portugal)

Bale won a penalty for his nation in the second half after drawing a foul on the edge of the box as Turkey struggled to contain

Yet Bale - usually so prolific from 12-yards - stepped up uncertainly and blazed the ball over much to Wales' frustration

'We've got a lot of players who don't play regularly for their clubs. What is it?' interim manager Rob Page said last night. 

'Is it the crest on their chest that makes them raise their game? It must be. It's playing for Wales. It's powerful and everybody would walk on broken glass to get into this squad.'

It was certainly a night of vindication for Page. He had stuck with the team that had not played well against Switzerland and was rewarded for it. 

There will be a much tougher challenge ahead against Italy in Rome on Sunday but the four points already claimed will almost certainly be enough to take Wales through.

There were certainly dangers for Wales throughout. Their vulnerability to corners is unnerving at times. The combination between Burak Yilmaz and Cengiz Under, supplying from the right, created several first half chances.

Turkey's struggle to cope with Bale saw them go to three at the back after half-time. Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral, dropped after a poor opening game, arrived for midfielder Okay Yokuslu. It was his header from a corner that Ward clawed away late on.  

Bale could only watch on as his effort soared over the bar and failed to increase Wales' margin but they rallied once more

Kieffer Moore (left) and Caglar Soyuncu (right) embroiled in a fierce battle all afternoon which spoke of the game's quality

But Wales continued to make chances throughout. Morrell played another ball into danger for Ramsey, who shot through players' legs and forced Çakır to block with his knees. Ramsey stood up a ball that Bale headed at the keeper.

Bale won the penalty that he missed. He was brought down by Mehmet Celik on the edge of the penalty area as he cut inside from the left. His skied effort after a shuffling run, which left him holding his hands to his face and staring into the night sky, seemed like it might be pivotal.

It provoked a strong response from Turkey, who flooded forward for an equaliser. When tensions boiled over amid a desperate finish, it was 20-year-old Ethan Ampadu who ran to the scene of confrontation to tell his teammates not to lose their heads.

Wales' second goal seemed to be a form of recompense for Bale. He barely seemed to celebrate, having taken a short corner, dribbled down the by-line and fed Roberts who slid the ball home. But the abiding image of the night belonged to the 80th minute, when substitute Mert Müldür was free in space and it seemed he might score. Ramsey ran 20 yards to make the recovering tackle.

Re-live how all the action unfolded in Baku, with Sportsmail's DANNY GALLAGHER who provided live Euro 2020 coverage of Turkey vs Wales.


Best game of the tournament so far. Do make sure you catch the highlights from this one!

Turkey players are left dejected and Wales are progressing on their way once more.

A superb afternoon of football. Wales win in Baku!


Dear lord, that was sensational.

Another short corner and again Bale turned and darted down the byline. Elite level football from a truly special player.

He's attracts markers in before slotting the ball across to Connor Roberts who sweeps it home!

Wales sub

Now trying to grind those final seconds away. Neco Williams is on for Dan James.

Bale spins his man after a short corner and dribbles inside before shooting - it's almost a wonder goal out of nowhere.

Surely the whistle will now blow. This has been a cracking game.

Three yellows

Ben Davies, Chris Mepham and Burak Yilmaz all in the book.

It sparked after Yilmaz lightly slapped Mepham's face on the floor, accusing him of going to ground easily. Ben Davies didnt like this at all, and launched the Turkish striker. Players then piled in all looking to have their own macho say.

Classic, and rather cringe. The ref handled it well.

Handbags now inside the Wales area

Clashes all over the place. The ref could be producing cards here...


CHANCE! Now at the opposite end Dan James blazes down the left wing but his cross - which needed to be pinpoint - was poor!

Harry Wilson is gutted, he was in space and made the breakaway run.

This game is exhausting even to watch.

86' SAVE!

Danny Ward denies Demiral from a corner with a solid, leaping save!

That could be vital!

Wales sub

The mercurial Aaron Ramsey takes a breather, as Harry Wilson comes on for the last five minutes of regular time.


Oh wow, a stunning last minute slide challenge by Ramsay to deny Mert Mulder inside the area.

He would have had a clear shot on goal, from the left-hand side.

Ramsay had to time that perfectly .. and he did. What a performance he's put in this evening.

79' Bale chance!

Beautiful feet by Ramsey in the area, before standing up a cross for Bale.

He's up to win the header, but can't direct it past the keeper.


Turkey stepping up the aggression. They know it's attack or nothing now.

A brief stoppage passes by after a meaty clash with Soyuncu and Moore, which leaves the Wales striker with a bust nose.


Bale attempts to break clear for Wales, obviously desperate to make amends.

He bursts down the right wing but Turkey have three men on him and Demiral crowds the ball out.

Both teams - somehow - looking like they have reserves of energy.


The drought continues.. wow.

Bale steps up, with a stuttered run, and blazes it over the bar.


Bale drive into the area from the left and Celik brings him down. The ref immediately points.


A roaring Bale volley from the edge of the area goes just over. 

Second half has started much like the first ended; end-to-end.

Turkey counter and a curling cross is aimed in at Yilmaz but Ben Davies sees it behind. 

Under whips in the corner and the ball is headed back into the box and this time Yilmaz volleys straight over the par from point blank range.

Turkey sub

Ozan Tufan is replaced by Irfan Can Kahvec and Merih Demiral is on for Okay Yokuslu, second half now under way!


And there we have it, as a very hot and sweaty first half comes to an end.

Bale and Ramsay the difference, with the duo sparking everything that was positive for Wales.

Ramsay was left staring to the skies above after missing two guilt-edged chances, but one finally dropped just before half-time.

First blood to the men from the United Kingdom, and momentum now firmly in their favour.


FINALLY, he takes the chance. 

It's Bale linking up with his partner in crime and it's inch perfect.

He picks Ramsey out with a sumptuous ball and he's through beyond the back-line.

Ramsey brings it down on his chest - the keeper delays his run out of the area - and it's slotted beyond him.

Well deserved. Perhaps against the run of play given how much Turkey have come back into this, but Wales have had the chances!


End to end stuff. Wales break again and Ramsay has the ball in the middle of the pitch, but nobody ahead of him.

He bides his time while still driving forward and the run of Roberts helps him out on the right.

Ramsay slips the ball in and the wideman shapes for the cross, but it's over each of the yellow Wales shirts inside the area.


We enter the last 10 of the first half and it's now Turkey looking to be in control.

The midfield gap is closing and the men in red looks to have the legs and momentum right now.

Calhaloglu crosses for Yilmaz in the area, but Morrell is equal to it and sparks a counter with his clearance.

It's three on three and Bale is burning down on Soyuncu.. but the Leicester man watches him all the way and puts in an inch perfect sliding challenge to kill the attack.


Joe Morrell saves his nation after a corner ball was crossed in and Wales looked vulnerable.

Wales attempt to break with the pace of Dan James and the winger is bundled to the grown in cynical fashion.

Somehow the ref says no foul. Really poor.


It's Ramsey again! The Juve man is slotted in by Bale between the lines.

He's through on goal, and onside, but the nerves get to him.

Sensing the goalkeeper incoming, Ramsey snatched at the shot and blazed it high over the bar.

Wales need to take these chances, or regret will seep in...


Moore is causing problems again.

Confidence is coursing through the striker after his opening match heroics vs Switzerland.

He goes close with a chance before putting Turkey on the back foot again. Yilmaz, of all people, is back to thwart him.


Nice and direct from Turkey as Cengiz Under turns on the ball and fizzes a volley, on target, from long range.

Danny Ward is there and equal to it in the middle of the goal, and palms it down before catching.


Mepham to the rescue as the ball is squared to Yilmaz on the edge of the area, from the right.

He pivots on the spot and strikes the ball first time, but the Welshman is there to deflect it behind. The corner is dealt with and Wales break well with Bale.

A corner is won by Robert Page's side but it's headed clear.


Oh my Aaron Ramsey! Wales should be ahead!

Lovely link-up between the two talismen Bale and Ramsey. The ball is played into the channel and Ramsey is free inside the area, but opts not to shoot across goal first time.

He takes a touch and then fires for the near post, but it's wide.

Head in hands stuff. A real golden opportunity.


Early pressure from the Welsh, who are putting their best foot forward.

A freekick is swept in by Ben Davies, aiming for the head of the dominant Kieffer Moore. 

It's nodded over. Play resumes and Yilmaz has a chance at the opposite end, but Wales stub it clear.

Anthems done and dusted

Passionately belted out by both sides, despite Turkey fans massively outnumbering their counterparts.

Kick-off just moments away!

Warm-ups concluding...

Not that being 'warm' was ever needed. It's 29 degrees and as humid as you like.

This is going to be some real test for the players out there...

All the latest odds ahead of the game

Just an hour until kick-off now and if you fancy a bet on the games, here’s the latest odds from Betfair.

Turkey 7/4
Wales 19/10
Draw 2/1

Gareth Bale first scorer: 5/1
Kieffer Moore first scorer: 7/1
Burak Yilmaz first scorer: 4/1

Gareth Bale anytime scorer: 2/1
Dan James anytime scorer: 7/2
Cengiz Under anytime scorer: 5/1

Wales to win 1-0: 6/1
Wales to win 2-1: 10/1
1-1 draw: 9/2
Turkey to win 1-0: 6/1

2-3 goals in the game: 10/11
Both teams to score (yes): 19/20

Gareth Bale to score a hat-trick: 90/1

To qualify from Group A
Switzerland 4/7
Turkey 10/11
Wales EVS

Confirmation of the Turkey side

Turkey team: Cakir; Celik, Soyuncu, Ayhan, Meras; Yokuslu; Karaman, Tufan, Under, Calhanoglu; Yilmaz

Substitutes: Gunok (GK), Bayindir (GK); Demiral, Tokoz, Yazici, Antalyali, Kabak, Kokcu, Kahveci, Akturkoglu, Muldir, Dervisoglu

It’s two changes for Turkey from that 3-0 defeat to Italy on Friday night. Leicester’s Cengiz Under comes in for Yusuf Yazici, while Kaan Ayhan replaced Merih Demiral, who scored an own goal in Rome, at centre-back.

BREAKING: Here is the Wales team line-up

It’s an identical line-up to the side that started against Switzerland on Saturday.

Wales team: Ward; C. Roberts, Rodon, B. Davies, Mepham; Morrell, Allen, Ramsey; Bale, Moore, James

Substitutes: Hennessey (GK), A. Davies (GK); Gunter, N. Williams, Lockyer, Wilson, T. Roberts, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies, J. Williams, Brooks, Levitt

Group B latest: Finland 0-1 Russia

Midway through the second-half in Saint Petersburg and Russia remain on course for their first win of Euro 2020. They lead 1-0 thanks to that Miranchuk strike just before half-time.

You can follow live commentary by clicking the link below.

MATCH PREVIEW: Baku has become a small corner of Turkey and Wales mustn’t be fazed

IAN HERBERT IN BAKU: They're leaving no stone unturned in the endeavour to make this city a small corner of Turkey on Wednesday.

The red flags with the white star and crescent adorn windows in every street and have even been draped across the entrance to the Wales training base. The half-and-half scarves are Turkey/Azerbaijan.

The front page of Tuesday's Respublika newspaper was dominated by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan signing a new trade deal here before paying a symbolic visit to Shusha.

Click the link below to read the full article.

Wales vs Turkey facts and stats

The most recent meeting between these sides was in 1997, when Turkey won a World Cup qualifier in Istanbul 6-4 - the only time Wales have scored four times in a game but still lost.

Wales boss Page started in that game, having made his international debut against Turkey in 1996.

Turkey attempted just three shots against Italy, their lowest total in a European Championship match. None of those efforts were on target.

Defeat against Italy means Turkey have lost their opening match at all seven of their major tournament appearances. But they have advanced to the knockout stage the last three times they have avoided defeat in their second game (at Euro 2000 and 2008, plus the 2002 World Cup).

Turkey's squad has an average age of 24 days and 352 days, the lowest of any side at Euro 2020.

Wales have only failed to score in one of their seven European Championship matches - their 2-0 semi-final defeat to Portugal in 2016.

Wales have never lost a game in which Kieffer Moore has scored, while four of his six international goals have been headers.

Gareth Bale has failed to score in his past 12 appearances for Wales, his longest drought since a run of 20 matches between 2007 and 2010.

Bale has not scored a competitive international goal outside of Wales since netting in a 3-0 win versus Russia at Euro 2016.

The stars of the tournament so far

The first round of group matches seemed to pass by in a flash but the tournament does seem to be gathering a little bit of momentum now after a slow and sluggish start in most games.

But there were some players who managed to steal the show on matchday one, from Cristiano Ronaldo re-writing the record books yet again to Kalvin Phillips bossing the midfield for England.

Then there was the heroic Danish captain Simon Kjaer, who rushed over to perform first aid when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.

We select a best XI from the first set of fixtures. Click the link below to read.

Where are we playing today?

A little bit about the Baku Olympic Stadium, which is hosting the match today.

This modern arena replaced the Tofiq Bahramov (the linesman who gave THAT England goal in 1966) Republican Stadium as the home of the Azerbaijan national side in 2015.

It has a capacity of 69,000 and hosted the 2019 Europa League final, which saw Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1.

It does resemble the Allianz Arena in Munich, also a host venue in this 11-venue tournament, from the outside.

It’s another scorching day in the Azerbaijani capital with temperatures of around 30C expected at kick-off and bright sunshine.

Wales prepared for a fiery atmosphere

There was hardly anyone inside the Baku Olympic Stadium when Wales played Switzerland in their opener on Saturday. It will be a very different tale tonight.

Azerbaijan and Turkey are close geopolitical friends and they even have a shared slogan of ‘two states, one nation.’

So the vast majority of the 30,000 or so who’ll be inside the arena tonight will be firmly behind Turkey and Wales have been preparing for it.

‘When you come into an away stadium you know you're going to get abuse,’ said Wales captain Gareth Bale to the BBC.

‘But it's something all us footballers have dealt with in the past - it's normal. You enjoy it and feed off the atmosphere.

‘Of course they're not saying great things or booing us but you want to silence them.

‘It gives you extra motivation, if we needed any more. It's the atmosphere we enjoy the most and that's what makes football so good.’

GOAL! Finland 0-1 Russia - Aleksey Miranchuk 45+2min

News from Saint Petersburg in the early kick-off and it’s a goal for Russia just on the stroke of half-time. Atalanta’s Aleksey Miranchuk has grabbed it and Finland will feel hard done by after an earlier goal they scored through Joel Pohjanpalo was ruled out by VAR.

Click the link below to follow the latest with my colleague Dan Ripley.

Get well soon, Christian… Love from everybody!

Players and coaches from every competing nation at Euro 2020 have sent their best wishes to Christian Eriksen in a touching video message.

The Danish star is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during their opening match against Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday night.

Eriksen needed 13 minutes of CPR from the Denmark team doctors before regaining consciousness.

The 29-year-old remains in a stable condition in hospital, posting an Instagram selfie giving the thumbs up from his bed on Tuesday. He declared himself 'fine - under the circumstances.’

The world of football was united in wanting the Inter Milan attacking midfielder to make a full and speedy recovery and the Danish FA has posted a video compilation of good luck messages.

England's Kieran Trippier, Wales's Gareth Bale and Scotland's Andrew Robertson are three of the players who feature as well as Spain coach Luis Enrique and Holland manager Frank de Boer.

The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin opens the messages and the video finishes with Anthony Taylor, the referee in charge of the Denmark vs Finland match, wishing Eriksen well.

You can watch the full video below

The state of play in Group A

Here’s how the table looks ahead of the second set of fixtures in Group A.

Italy lead the way thanks to that 3-0 win over Turkey, followed by Wales and Switzerland who shared the spoils on Saturday.

Turkey are presently bottom of the table but the situation can still change drastically.

These fans are super keen!

This group of supporters were at the stadium some three hours before kick-off which you might say is dedication.

As mentioned earlier there’s plenty of camaraderie between Turkey and Azerbaijan so we can expect all the locals to be cheering Turkey on inside the stadium.

What’s on the menu today?

If you felt a little bit short-changed with only the two matches yesterday, then fear not as we’re back to the three games today.

They come from Groups A and B as the second round of group fixtures get going.

We’re already underway in the Group B encounter between Finland and Russia in Saint Petersburg and there’s no score so far. You can follow that one by clicking here.

Then at 5pm it’s our feature attraction - Turkey vs Wales.

And to cap things off at 8pm, also from Group A, is the meeting of Italy and Switzerland. If Italy win that, they’ll be pretty much through to the last-16.

A make or break afternoon for Wales

It was far from their greatest performance but Wales came away from Saturday’s Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland with a potentially crucial point.

That Kieffer Moore header and those vital saves by Danny Ward made the difference in Baku and the key now is to build on it against Turkey this afternoon.

It won’t be easy. Turkey have their own point to prove after taking something of a hiding at the hands of Italy in last Friday’s tournament opener.

Viewed by many as potential dark horses at the Euros, they simply have to win here to prevent their dream crumbling into dust.

But they’ll have the advantage of a passionate and partisan crowd behind them at the Baku Olympic Stadium.

Turkey and Azerbaijan are strong allies and there will be plenty of Turkish support in the stadium.

With Italy still to come, Wales would really do with all three points here but a draw would keep them alive.

Welcome along to our coverage of this 5pm kick-off UK time. There’s plenty of build up to come with me Adam Shergold before Danny Gallagher takes over for full match commentary.

The scene outside the Olympic Stadium on a glorious sunny afternoon in Baku

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