Turkey are on-course to qualify for the up coming Euro 2020 following their emphatic 4-0 victory over Moldova on Tuesday evening.
Senol Gunes’ side faced criticism following a narrow win over Andorra last weekend. Turkey required a late Ozan Tufan goal to come away with all three points.
Turkey avoided making the same mistake twice and got off to a fast start against Moldova on Tuesday. An out-of-form Cenk Tosun managed to net his sides opener in the 37th minute.
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The Everton striker has found first-team chances hard to come by at the Merseyside club under manager Marco Silva and was also found wanting against Andorra. The former Besiktas man struck again on the 79th minute to put his side 3-0 ahead.
Tosun’s future at Everton has been called under question however, the striker opted to remain with the Toffees to fight for his place over the summer. The 28-year-old provided an assist during Everton’s cup win over Lincoln City but was an unused substitute during his sides 3-2 victory over Wolves.
Fenerbahce summer signing Deniz Turuc bagged Turkey’s second via a well struck free-kick shortly after the half time break.
Finally, Yusuf Yazici – who joined Lille over the summer transfer window – netted Turkey’s fourth and final goal two minutes before half time.
The victory elevated Turkey back into top-spot in group H ahead of France and Iceland.
Iceland suffered a major setback as they were defeated by Albania at the Elbasan Arena. The defeat leaves Iceland on 12 points after six games and two points behind France and Turkey.
The World Champions France made easy work of Andorra with a 3-0 victory with the goals coming from Coman, Lenglet and Ben Yedder.
Turkey will be back in action next month when they host Albania on November 11. Senol Gunes’ side will then travel to France to take on the World Champions on November 14.
Iceland meanwhile take on France on November 11, which could prove to be a key date in how Group H plays out.
Leicester City star Caglar Soyuncu helped Turkey keep two clean sheets over the international break. The combative striker has made a strong start to the season with the Foxes who take on Manchester United this weekend.
United signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City over the summer transfer window with Soyuncu stepping up as his replacement.
Turkish Football fans meanwhile will turn their attentions back towards the Turkish Super Lig this weekend. Galatasaray kick-off proceedings on Friday evening when they host fellow Istanbul based club Kasimpasa.
Fatih Terim’s side picked up their first victory of the season against Kayserispor and fans will be eager to see their brand new signing Falcao for the first time.
Meanwhile, Fenerbahce who sit in second spot after three games face leaders Alanyaspor who have racked up three victories after three games.
Besiktas take on the newly promoted Gaziantep. The Black Eagles are now mangled by former Basaksehir boss Abdullah Avci.