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Turkey down Czechs at Euro 2016

  • Turkey down Czechs at Euro 2016

    Turkey's forward Burak Yilmaz (2ndL) heads the ball during the Euro 2016 group D football match between Czech Republic and Turkey at Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 21, 2016. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey snatched a Euro 2016 lifeline with a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic that secured third place in Group D and left them waiting to see if they had done enough to reach the last 16.

After defeats to Croatia and Spain in their first two games, goals by Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) gave the rejuvenated Turks hope, although they need results to go their way when the group stage concludes on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).

Should they go through, Turkey will face either Wales in Paris or hosts France in Lyon.

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The Czechs, however, will definitely go home, having finished bottom of the group with one point from three matches.

The Turks opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Arda Turan sent Emre Mor scampering away down the right before he crossed for Yilmaz, who ghosted in to send a simple first-time shot from close range flying past Petr Cech.

Tufan sent thousands of Turkish fans into ecstasy in the 65th minute as Mehmet Topal teed him up to smash an unstoppable shot into the top corner from a tight angle.

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