Barcelona star unable to prevent Turkey draw against Latvia

Jeremain Lens Arda Turan

Turkey were held to a 1-1 draw against Latvia in-front of a packed Torku Konya Arena on 3 September.

Barcelona winger Arda Turan made his first start since joining the reigning La Liga champions and his side were leading until the last minute when Latvia equalised with a powerful drive form outside the area.

Galatasaray captain Selçuk Inan gave Turkey the lead with a powerful effort from just outside the penalty area but Sabala replied in the first minute of additional time with a goal from similar distance.

The draw leaves Turkey needing to beat Netherlands in their next game to move up into third place.

Iceland beat Netherlands 1-0 and Czech Republic recorded a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan in Group A’s other game.

Turkey 1-1 Latvia

Stadium: Torku Arena
Kick-Off: 19:45
Referee: Stefan Johanesson

Turkey: Volkan Babacan, Ozan, Serdar, Hakan Balta, Caner, Gökhan Töre, Selçuk, H. Çalhanoğlu, Volkan Şen, Arda, Burak
Manager: Fatih Terim

Latvia: Andris Vanins, Vitalijs Maksimenko, Kaspars Dubra, Vladislavs Gabovs, Vitalijs Jagodinskis, Olegs Laizans, Aleksandrs Cauna, Igors Tarasovs, Eduards Visnakovs, Arturs Karasausks, Deniss Rakels
Manager: Marians Pahars

Goals: Selçuk İnan, Sabala

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