Our National Team hosted Luxembourg in the UEFA Nations C League 1st Group at Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium. Although our National Team lost 3 times in the struggle, it left the field with a 3-3 draw and was promoted to the B League in the UEFA Nations League.
In the match, goals for our National Team came from Cengiz Ünder, Maxime Chanot (KK) and İsmail Yüksek. Luxembourg’s goals came from Martins, Sinani and Gerson Rodrigues.
4 CHANGES FROM STEFAN KUNTZ
Hosting Luxembourg in the fifth match of UEFA Nations C League 1st Group, A National Football Team’s coach Stefan Kuntz made 4 changes in the first 11 according to the last match played by the crescent-star team in Lithuania.
Kuntz gave Uğurcan Çakır, Eren Elmalı, Orkun Kökçü and Enes Ünal a chance in the first 11 instead of Altay Bayındır, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Salih Özcan and Serdar Dursun, who were in the top 11 in the Lithuania match.
The crescent-star team entered the fight with Uğurcan Çakır, Zeki Çelik, Kaan Ayhan, Çağlar Söyüncü, Eren Elmalı, Orkun Kökçü, Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Cengiz Ünder, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Halil Dervişoğlu and Enes Ünal with the top 11.
Merih Demiral, who has a slight injury in the national team, was not included in the match squad.
WE RISE TO THE INTERNATIONAL B LEAGUE
With this result, our National Team, which increased to 13 points in the 5th match of the group, guaranteed to be promoted to the B League again with 1 game left. Our National Team also won the right to participate in the UEFA EURO 2024 playoffs as the group leader.
Group runner-up Luxembourg made 8 points.
Our A National Team will play its last match in the C League away against Faroe Islands. Luxembourg will host Lithuania.
Sports writers emphasized the inadequacy in the striker area after the National Team’s 3-3 draw with Luxembourg. Here are the reviews of sports writers…
BİLAL MEŞE – FORWARDS STOPED, İSMAİL HIT
Our A National Team was promoted from C to B in the Nations League, of course we have a long and tiring road to reach the big goal! Because the leadership in the C League was extremely critical in the UEFA Nations League 2022-23 season. The way of the last 3 teams to go to EURO 2024 passes through the Nations League. According to the format, the play-offs will be played between the teams that finished their groups as the leader in the C, B and A Leagues on March 21-26, 2024. Of course, if they couldn’t get the Germany ticket in the European Championship qualifiers… (If the Nations League leaders buy a Germany ticket in the European Championship qualifiers, this time the play-off right will go to the 2nd place in the Nations League group) After the play-offs, 3 more countries will participate in the giant tournament. On the other hand, it is a fact that our score in the Nations League will help us in the bag where the EURO 2024 qualifying groups will be determined…
It’s good to play with desire, appetite, pressure, let’s see who can defend us that it is right to attack as a family?
What a beautiful group, we didn’t concede any goals, but I think we came across it against Luxembourg!
Look at the two goals we conceded in the first half, both of which came when we shelved the defensive safety. Taking advantage of Eren and Uğurcan’s conflict, Martins was sending the ball to the net, while the talisman was broken!
Fortunately, 8 minutes after the goal, Kerem was dropped inside the penalty area, the referee showed the white point, and Cengiz Ünder, who took the shot, evened the score.
Ahh Kaan ahh… Give the ball to the goalkeeper, why would you risk it, beautiful man! The ball you lost went to our goal, this time Sinani again put Luxembourg forward.
Fortunately, luck was on our side this time at 39… Cengiz Ünder, who used the right side well, carried the ball until the penalty arc, hit hard with his left, Chanot sent the ball to his own goal with a reverse kick and we closed the first half 2-2.
We saw once again yesterday that Burak Yılmaz still could not be replaced! Enes Ünal has good intentions, but he aimed the ball at the goalkeeper in two clear positions he caught in both halves. I mean we are producing, but we can’t find the striker to score, what do you think Stefan Kuntz?
Our pace slowed down, Luxembourg made many offensive attempts, as in 69 Rodrigues once again put his team ahead.
Although Stefan Kuntz’s player moves this half had repercussions for production, we had a hard time getting past the opposing defense. We tried every way to score, we failed. However, İsmail Yüksek scored a terrific goal at 87 in the match where the strikers stopped. Faroe Islands are next, don’t underestimate the opponent again, this time don’t give up on your defense security!
ERMAN ÖZGÜR (FANATIC) – AS WE NEED
Our enthusiastic starting effort, the extra efforts of Kerem, Cengiz and Ferdi, the Luxembourg team playing the ball much more than expected, the goal that came with the mistake of Uğurcan Çakır, the missed goals with Kaan, Enes and Eren although we could not get the game advantage, the mistake we made cost dearly. Being able to respond quickly to the goals we conceded, with the skills of Kerem and Cengiz when we were not organized, and their touch on the score. As you can see, in the summary of the first half, the national team kept many good and bad details of football. Maybe I could have written something else if not the rival Luxembourg, but the national team’s appearance in the first 4 matches of the Nations League, both in terms of score and game, was absent in the first half. We ate easy, threw easily. Kuntz, who was rightly disturbed by this situation, came into the second half with changes. The entry of İrfan Can, instead of Halil, who was ineffective, paid off even though we could not make the finals with the positions we captured in the offense.
But his other move was a complete disaster. After a period in which we conceded 2 goals, Caglar’s midfield feature Tolga Ciğerci’s shooting at the center back caused us to see the third goal in our goal. However, in order to save the day, İsmail Yüksek, who was included in the game at the end of the attacks away from the organization we made, by scoring a magnificent goal that will allow both his career and Kuntz to breathe, shouted that he is now one of the best options for the national team. However, for me, the negative details that emerged at the end of the night were more. Just as we need better options than Enes and Halil in the forward line and Kuntz in the coach seat.