Euro 2020: France, Braked by Turkey and its Boiling Fans, Still Not Qualified

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Supporters of Turkey in the match against France, on October 14, 2019 at the Stade de France

Taken at the end of the match by Turkey (1-1), France will have two games in November to ensure its participation in the Euro 2020.

France will have to validate their qualification to the Euro-2020 in November, held back by Turkey (1-1) and its hot supporters, Monday 14th October 2019 in Saint-Denis during a risk match concluded without significant overflow, despite a hotshot in the stands at the end of the match.

The stormy line that was dangerously close to the Stade de France in the evening was as threatening as the Turkish fans were intimidating, with their deafening cries and whistles, thrown from all over the stadium.

But the game ranked at risk by the state, took place without much trouble, at least in the stand.

Because on the ground, the French failed to achieve their broad physical and technical dominance, despite several clear opportunities to credit to Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann, the most restless.

A win would have qualified the reigning European champions and vice-champions for the next continental tournament. But the Turks resisted and Iceland won against Andorra, which keeps them in the running.


Olivier Giroud super-sub

Came in the place of Wisssam Ben Yedder, the “super-sub” (replacement in gold, in English) Olivier Giroud believed to deliver his in the 76th minute, an uncrossed head on a corner of Griezmann four minutes after coming into play.

But the Turks responded almost immediately by Kaan Ayhan (82nd ), also came off the bench.

Group H classification of the Euro-2020 football qualifiers.
Group H classification of the Euro-2020 football qualifiers. (© AFP /)

“It will be necessary to finish the work in November”

The equalizer capsized the many Turkish fans, distributed in a visitor park of 3800 seats packed, tinged with Turkish flags and illuminated by smoke. The joy of the visitors was also visible in a large part of the Stade de France where, among the 78 000 spectators announced in total, many fans wore the red and white jersey of the “Milli Takim”.

“We did what it took to win in terms of play and opportunity, they have had little but they have materialized and we must accept it. We had enough opportunities, but it’s still a good point we are still in our goal it will be necessary to finish the work in November, “commented the French coach on M6.

“We have the same number of points as Turkey, we are tied, a qualifying phase is a long road. We could have made the qualification but it would have been more efficient.”

“Stop killing the Kurds”

While the atmosphere was good child kick-off, with the Marseillaise applauded by the Turks, the tension is however increased a notch at the end of the game, after the deployment of a banner: “Stop killing the Kurds “. The stewards intervened quickly.

The meeting was indeed held in full diplomatic crisis between Ankara and the European capitals, including Paris, at the time when the Turkish army is conducting a military operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish forces.

The head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian also cancelled on Monday his visit to the Stade de France, leaving Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu to represent the French executive in official stand-alone, where his Turkish counterpart was.

“The geopolitical problems, they are there. That this has consequences? Of course, on the environment of the match. But we will not think of that, “evicted Sunday Deschamps,” focused “only on the sporting issue.

Olivier Giroud, again scorer for France, against Turkey, on October 14, 2019 at the Stade de France.
Olivier Giroud, again scorer for France, against Turkey, on October 14, 2019 at the Stade de France. (© AFP / Alain JOCARD)

His players were present in the engagement, but not in the result, four months after being slapped in the fury of Konya (2-0 defeat).

“This is the opportunity to show another face and in front of our audience to qualify,” said Sunday Raphael Varane, captain in the absence of the injured Hugo Lloris. The Blues have only fulfilled one of the two goals.

Iceland stays alive

Before the final stretch of November, where the Blues welcome Moldavia before travelling to Albania, France and Turkey still occupy the top of Group H with 19 points, four more than the Icelanders.

On the eve of his 51st birthday, Didier Deschamps would have liked better fortunes.

Its players have responded to the physical commitment of the Turks with strength and application while putting a lot of speed and finesse in the transitions.

With Lucas Hernandez back in the eleven holders, the Blues have lit the first wicks thanks to the trio of fire formed by Kingsley Coman, Antoine Griezmann and Moussa Sissoko, almost to open the scoring twice in less than ten minutes ( 17th, 25th).

But they came across a flawless Mert Günok, still on parade on a “Grizou” header (21st). Basaksehir goalkeeper could not do anything against the perfect timing of Giroud.

The striker Chelsea, author of 38 goals now in the selection, is now only three points behind Michel Platini, the second-leading scorer in the history of the Blues (41 goals).

Turkish players salute their fans after the draw against France on 14 October 2019 at the Stade de France.
Turkish players salute their fans after the draw against France on 14 October 2019 at the Stade de France. (© AFP / Alain JOCARD)

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