France – Turkey: Late Goals Result In Draw Despite French Domination (1-1)
Despite a very dominant game, the French had to wait until Olivier Giroud’s entrance to score a goal. However Turkey equalized a few minutes after, making it 1-1, meaning both countries are yet to be officially qualified for the Euro 2020.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
France against Turkey was the clash between both leaders of group H.. They had the same amount of points before the game (18), with Turkey topping the group thanks to a better goal difference. Turkey had beaten France 2-0 in Istanbul at the end of last season, and the French certainly wanted to restore their honor - and become group leaders in the process - on Monday night in Paris.
Deschamps kept the same 4-4-2 lineup that was fielded in Iceland, with the exception of Wissam Ben Yedder replacing Giroud who was not fit enough to start the game. Some positions in midfield changed as well, despite having the same players on the field. Blaise Matuidi was back in the double pivot, Kingsley Coman was now left winger instead of right winger, and Moussa Sissoko switched to the right wing. Having the runners on the wings foreshadowed Deschamps' will to make use of the width in this game.
Turkey came on the pitch in a compact 4-1-4-1 shape, which was different from the 4-3-3 system they used in their victory against Albania; a formation shape that announced something more defensive.
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