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Turkey draws with Iceland to reach Euro 2020

By E. Wambwa

Turkey have earned their seat at the Euro 2020 on Thursday 14 after a goalless qualifying draw with Iceland which has also sent world champions France to next year's finals.

With the two teams qualifying from Group H, Turkey who have one match remaining and are now at the lead with four points ahead of third-placed Iceland and France a point behind Turkey in second.

Turkey's Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu was quoted saying they are so happy for qualifying for the Euro. He said they have one more game to play, and then they'll be focusing on their clubs until March.

Iceland on the other hand needed to win to have any chance of qualifying thanks to their inferior head-to-head record with the French but they will now have to hope they make the playoffs at the end of the qualifying phase.

"We came here four points adrift and Turkey are such a strong team. We did everything we could," said Iceland forward Mikael Anderson.

"We came close to getting the result we wanted, but it wasn't enough."

Didier Deschamps' France would have qualified for the Euros with a win over Moldova later on Thursday regardless of the result between Iceland and the Turks -- who have been rejuvenated since Senol Gunes returned to take charge in February -- and can now move top of the group.

Former national team goalkeeper Gunes took Turkey to third place at the 2002 World Cup during his first spell as manager between 2000 and 2004, and guided his team to qualification with relative ease, beating and drawing with France and losing only one match.

That upturn in form comes after a dreadful slump under previous coach Mircea Lucescu that saw Turkey fail to qualify for the last year's World Cup in Russia and relegated to third-tier League C in the UEFA Nations League .

Tags: Iceland, Turkey, Football, Sports

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