Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey - 5 talking points
#2 Simply outclassed
That’s as plainly as anyone can put it really. The Turks offered as much threat as a man who brings a sword to a gun fight does. Well, that even might be putting it kindly. Fateh Terim’s men can be termed lucky by many to see the scoreline at the end of their last game against the Croatia finish at 1-0 after the Croatians rattled the post on three occasions.
And this game was no different except for the fact that the opponents were more clinical and ruthless. Whilst the Turkish did try and play to their strengths, it never really was enough. Terim brought in Burak Yilmaz into the team in place of Cenk Tosun to bring in a more direct approach to their game.
However, Yilmaz whilst dominating Gerard Pique in aerial duels had very little help from others to alter the script any which way.
Ardan Turan had a stinker and the much famed Hakan Calhanoglu was AWOL for the second game running and was duly subbed off at the half-way mark. The team has a whole just didn’t function and never looked like anything but a second fiddle in the contest.