England improve on their 3-0 victory over hosts Malta by dominating Turkey after they were reduced to ten men. A 4-1 victory in their second game of the Championships has England on the brink of a Semi-Final place.
An early freekick from Enes Ünal gave England a warning when it whistled just wide of the post. This was the only chance Turkey had for a while as England started the game in fantastic fashion. England’s first chance came after a brilliant run down the left from Isaiah Brown, after cutting inside he went down after feeling some contact but no penalty was given and this gave Patrick Roberts the chance to fire in from 7 yards out but it wasn’t to be as his shot was cleared just before the line.
England had a terrific tempo to their game and they were having plenty of luck down the left side. Adam Armstrong looked lively along with Brown and Roberts and the Newcastle youngster had plenty of chances to get on the scoresheet. Brown broke down the left before playing the ball to Armstrong who produced a lovely turn before firing past three defenders but his shot was saved by Çetin.
Unlike his opposite number Frederick Woodman didn’t have much to do. However he was all of a sudden called into action when Joseph Gomez brought down Fatih Aktay inside the area. Turkey’s captain Ünal stepped up but it was poorly struck penalty which saw Woodman save low down to his right. Not long after the penalty save Woodman found himself picking the ball out of his net. Ünal was given the ball on the edge of the area and the strong forward was able to hold of defenders before being able to turn and fire low into the bottom corner. Despite a brilliant start England found themselves a goal down.
A drinks break after 20 minutes of football was exactly what England needed after Turkey started to control the tempo. Shortly after the short break Gomez made up for giving away the penalty by making a good tackle before charging up the pitch beating everyone that got in his way. After charging to just inside the area the centre back played the ball across the box to Solanke who controlled and comfortably finished past Çetin.
Roberts and Armstrong continued to cause problems for Turkey and both missed good chances before half time. Roberts was played through on goal but Çetin easily caught his attempted chip. Armstrong came the closest when Ryan Ledson’s cross wasn’t dealt with by Turkey and Arsmtrong had space to control and fire a shot at goal, once again Çetin denied him.
Just before the break Turkey found themselves down to ten men. After picking up a booking in the 24th minute Hasan Özkan picked up another one by clipping the heels of Lewis Cook who was running towards Turkey’s box.
Half Time: England 1-1 Turkey.
Çetin continued to be heavily worked in the Turkey goal and the keeper did well to deny Ledson and Roberts shortly after the break. Despite his efforts his side were soon trailing after the lively Roberts get down the line to pull the ball back to Solanke who showed good footwork before finishing for his second goal of the game.
Brown was another player that shined throughout the game and he almost found the net after bringing down a cross-field pass from Cook, he managed to get past Savaş Polat but again Çetin saved his side.
Just before the hour mark England grabbed a third. Roberts at the heart of the move again after receiving the ball from Jonjoe Kenny he charged into the area before slipping the ball through to Kenny who continued his run. The Everton youngster took a touch before firing past Çetin and into the roof of the net.
England didn’t have to wait long before making it 4-1, six minutes after their third Roberts cut in from the right before attempting to get on the scoresheet. Çetin saved his effort but could only palm the shot straight to an unmarked Armstrong who had an easy tap in.
An outstanding performance from England saw them run riot in the second half. A great game of entertaining football where we witnessed an impressive display from Roberts who will no doubt grab the man of the match award.