Don’t miss out on the exhilarating showdown between Turkiye and Latvia! Catch the full match replay and exciting highlights of this UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group D, Season 2024 match.
The game kicks off at 18:45 (GMT) on the 15th of October 2023. Be sure to save the date and mark your calendars!
The highly experienced referee for this intense match is E. Jorgji. Rest assured, fair play will be ensured throughout the game.
This action-packed match will take place at the prestigious Konya Büyükşehir Belediye Stadyumu. Get ready to witness electrifying moments and intense rivalries on the field.
Turkiye vs Latvia Full Match Reports
Turkey secured their place at the 2024 UEFA European Championship finals in Germany with a resounding 4-0 victory over Latvia, further extending their unbeaten streak in head-to-head international encounters to eight matches.
In the early stages, Turkey displayed immense attacking prowess, yet their inefficiency in the final third made the task of breaking down Latvia’s defense a challenging one. Fortunately, Latvia’s own issues with the final ball mirrored Turkey’s struggles, with a wayward header by Kristers Tobers representing their sole goal-scoring opportunity in the opening minutes. Turkey appeared to take the lead midway through the first half when Yunus Akgün scrambled the ball into the net from close range. However, the goal was disallowed as the ball inadvertently deflected off the offside Hakan Çalhanoğlu before reaching Akgün.
Akgün, perhaps still frustrated by his disallowed goal, missed a golden opportunity to put Turkey ahead when he blazed over from 12 yards out after a failed clearance attempt by Andrejs Cigaņiks. Latvia’s goal seemed charmed as Turkey continued to press, with Çalhanoğlu’s corner header rattling the crossbar off the head of Abdülkerim Bardakcı.
Akgün, who had been Turkey’s most vibrant player in the first half, ultimately unlocked Latvia’s defense. He did so in style, controlling Cenk Özkacar’s delivery with one touch before unleashing a rocket into the top corner with his second. Still, a one-goal lead couldn’t guarantee comfort, and Turkey was reminded of the vulnerability of their lead when a splendid stop by Uğurcan Çakır prevented Roberts Uldriķis from scoring.
Uldriķis, however, eventually found a way past Çakır but was denied by the crossbar as Latvia’s best chance of the evening went begging. Minutes later, Turkey’s substitute Cenk Tosun doubled their lead on his 50th international appearance. The icing on the cake came with Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu scoring Turkey’s third, before Tosun netted his second of the evening, securing their place at Euro 2024. This marks Turkey’s third consecutive finals appearance in their history.
Man of the Match: Yunus Akgün (Turkey)