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    Germany v Turkey Live Commentary & Result, 07/10/2020, Friendlies

    Germany now prepare to face Ukraine and Switzerland in their Nations League games, while Turkey will play Russia then Serbia. If both teams attack like they did here, they’ll be well-placed for success in their groups. That’s all for now. Goodbye!

    There are positives to take from this match for both sides, if not the quality of their defending. Havertz and Waldschmidt were particularly impressive for Germany, while Gunes will be pleased with his side’s resilience. It bodes well for both teams in their upcoming Nations League games.

    As friendly matches go, that one was pretty fun. Germany took the lead on three separate occasions but couldn’t see off a diligent Turkey side, being pegged back each time. Germany probably should have seen the game out after going 3-2 up in the last 10 minutes but Karaman punished their ropey defence at the death.

    90′ + 5′ FULL-TIME: GERMANY 3-3 TURKEY

    90′ + 5′ Turkey have to survive one last free-kick as Kabak fouls Hofmann on Germany’s left flank. Amiri floats the ball into the box, Gunok claims it, and that’s that!

    90′ + 4′ Omur could have taken the shot himself but he had the presence of mind to find Karaman who was somehow unmarked in the box. Turkey are delighted.

    Turkey

    90′ + 4′ GOAL! 3-3 TURKEY! Turkey equalise for the third and surely final time! Karaman rolls the ball under the legs of Leno as he latches onto Omur’s knockdown in the box. Germany’s defence was cut open there.

    90′ + 2′ Turkey seek a free-kick as Leno acrobatically rushes out of his goal to claim a lofted pass into the box, landing outside his area. It’s unorthodox but not a foul.

    Germany

    90′ Germany substitution. Havertz makes way for Amiri. There’ll be five minutes added on to the end of this game.

    89′ Turkey have put in a decent shift today. Germany have been on the front foot more often but a draw for the visitors would not be an unfair result.

    87′ Karaman hits the crossbar! The Turkey striker smashes an attempt against the frame of the goal from the left of the box when Germany’s defenders give him too much space. Leno was beaten.

    Germany

    85′ Germany also make a change as they try to shut this game down. Brandt leaves the pitch. He’s replaced by the Hertha Berlin centre-back Stark.

    Turkey

    85′ There’s another substitution for Turkey. Unal goes off. The Trabzonspor midfielder Omur comes on.

    83′ Germany deserve to be winning this game, you have to say. They’ve had twice the number of shots that Turkey have had: 14 to Turkey’s seven. You’d like to think that the hosts will be able to see the status quo out now.

    Germany

    81′ GOAL! 3-2 GERMANY! Waldschmidt smashes an unstoppable strike past Gunok on the half-volley after Kabak’s unconvincing clearance from Gosens’ cross landed to the striker. That was clinical.

    Germany

    79′ Neuhaus’ debut is over. It’s been a mixed bag for the midfielder as he leaves the pitch having grabbed one goal and been robbed for another. Dahoud is on to make his own debut. Low’s not been shy to try out new players here.

    Turkey

    76′ Turkey are managing to stem Germany again. Under finds his name in the referee’s little book after a rudimentary challenge on Brandt.

    Turkey

    75′ Turkey make a change in defence. The 20-year-old Schalke 04 centre-back Kabak is on for Ayhan.

    74′ Germany look a little frustrated. They’ve been on top of this game since the break but aren’t bearing the fruits of their dominance in the result as things stand.

    72′ Turkey have perked up again now after their second equaliser of the game. Under tries a throughball for Tokoz who’s offside.

    Germany

    70′ Germany make a like-for-like change. Gosens is on for Schulz.

    Turkey

    69′ While Germany adjust to losing their lead for a second time, Turkey readjust their shape. Their goalscorer Karaca is next to go off. Tekdemir, the Istanbul Baseksehir defensive midfielder, is on.

    Germany

    68′ Can is booked for saying a little too much to the referee about that decision. It was a borderline call, so you can’t blame the officials for giving Karaca the benefit of the doubt.

    Turkey

    67′ GOAL! 2-2 TURKEY! Karaca barges off Neuhaus off the ball to burst into the box and fire low past Leno. Germany’s players think Karaca was over-aggressive in winning possession. The officials disagree. The goal stands!

    65′ The game’s definitely swung Germany’s way since Turkey’s unexpected equaliser. The hosts have had almost 80 per cent of the ball in this second half.

    Turkey

    63′ Turkey make an attacking substitution. The Fortuna Dusseldorf striker Karaman is on for Yokuslu.

    61′ Gunok limits Germany’s lead for now! Brandt receives a pass from Waldschmidt and lashes a shot towards the top centre of the goal. Gunok makes a reflex save to prevent the score from becoming 3-1 Germany.

    Germany

    59′ Draxler, Germany’s first goalscorer in this game, also heads off. Hofmann is on for him. It’s Hofmann’s Germany debut at the age of 28.

    Germany

    59′ Germany respond to retaking the lead by making a few substitutions. Rudiger makes way for Tah at the back.

    Germany

    58′ That was a lovely goal and Havertz deserves his second assist of the game. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes this influential in a Chelsea shirt.

    Germany

    58′ GOAL! 2-1 GERMANY! Neuhaus scores on his Germany debut! The 23-year-old slots home from the centre of the box after some slick interplay between Germany’s players. The move ended with a pass from Havertz.

    57′ Brandt wins a free-kick in Turkey’s half as he’s fouled by Unal. Germany are starting to find their rhythm again.

    55′ Germany try to regain their momentum after this setback. Havertz has a crack from distance but it’s blocked.

    53′ Turkey nearly complete the turnaround! Unal finds Under with a throughball and the substitute tests Leno from the centre of the box. Germany’s keeper is equal to it.

    51′ Germany look a little stunned by that goal. It was a fantastic strike. Having worked so hard to go in front in the first half, Low’s side must now look to do so again.

    Turkey

    49′ Ayhan gets the assist for that goal but it was all Tufan’s making. Turkey have raced out of the traps at the start of this half.

    Turkey

    49′ GOAL! 1-1 TURKEY! Turkey are back in the game! Turkey’s captain Tufan receives a pass from Ayhan, turns Brandt on the edge of Germany’s box and caresses the ball into the top right corner. Leno didn’t even move.

    48′ Chances for Germany! Seconds after Waldschmidt fires over, Brandt receives a pass from the hardworking Havertz and has a shot blocked by Yokuslu. Gunok had been dragged out so it would otherwise have gone in.

    46′ The second half gets started here in Cologne. There are no changes from Germany’s side.

    Turkey

    46′ Yazicı is also replaced by the Besiktas midfielder Tokoz. Gunes looks to be mixing things up.

    Turkey

    46′ Turkey make a substitution at half-time. Kilinc makes way for Under, the Roma winger currently on loan at Leicester.

    Turkey have Gunok to thank that they’ve limited Germany’s lead to one goal. The İstanbul Basaksehir made four saves in that first half, even if most of them were from distance. He couldn’t do anything to stop Draxler though. That’s the difference between these two teams for now.

    Germany go in at the break one goal to the good after Draxler puts the hosts in front on the brink of half-time. Germany are good value for their narrow lead as they’ve been the more enterprising side. Turkey do look threatening on occasion though.

    45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: GERMANY 1-0 TURKEY

    Germany

    45′ + 1′ Havertz wasted no time in finding Draxler when Germany retrieved the ball as a Turkey attack broke down. Germany will be happy to go in at the break with the lead.

    Germany

    45′ + 1′ GOAL! 1-0 GERMANY! It’s a cool finish by Draxler. The PSG midfielder beats Turkey’s offside trap from Havertz’s pass and dinks the ball over the onrushing Draxler. It’s the last meaningful act of the first half.

    45′ Rudiger thumps clear Kilinc’s cross. Germany are back in possession but Schulz is offside from Neuhaus’ forward pass. There’ll be one minute of added time in this half.

    43′ The corner’s straight into the arms of Gunok. That’s disappointing for Germany who are starting to build up speed.

    41′ Great save by Gunok! The Turkey keeper keeps out Waldschmidt’s shot from the edge of the box which is heading for the bottom left corner. It’ll be a Germany corner.

    39′ Henrichs’ ball in is booted away by Ayhan. Turkey are handling the pressure from Germany at the moment but they’d surely prefer a breather.

    37′ Germany go hunting again but it breaks down as Schulz, the Borussia Dortmund left-back, playing wing-back here, is unable to keep Rudiger’s pass in play.

    35′ Turkey are defending well at the moment. Henrichs is fouled by Kaldirim just as Germany are constructing their latest attack on goal.

    33′ Kaldirim concedes a corner for Germany, the first of the game. It’s no sweat for Turkey’s defenders who clear it.

    31′ Germany have had 67 per cent possession of the ball so far. Turkey look handy on the counter-attack though.

    29′ Germany’s spell of pressure ends when Draxler accidentally catches Karaca in the face. Karaca wins another free-kick shortly after as he’s brought down by Neuhaus. The Alanyaspor winger’s in the wars today.

    27′ There’s a flurry of chances for Germany! Gunok dives low to keep out Brandt’s fizzed shot from range and Neuhaus’ follow-up flashes harmlessly across goal. Germany are starting to assert themselves now.

    25′ Yazici sends the free-kick into the box from near the halfway line. Germany deal with it without much fuss as Leno catches Tufan’s snap shot.

    Germany

    23′ Draxler gets booked for the foul. Germany are definitely more elegant going forward than they are defending.

    23′ Another free-kick goes Turkey’s way as Draxler goes in with a high foot on Yokuslu’s shin. Germany’s tackling hasn’t been great so far.

    21′ Germany toy with Turkey just outside their box. The hosts look confident and full of ideas. Henrichs’ cross causes some confusion among Turkey’s defenders and Schulz takes a touch before smacking a volley into the side netting.

    19′ Yazici tries a dipping first-time effort from 25 yards out when a throw-in lands to him. There’s not really enough power on it to threaten Leno who claims it comfortably.

    Germany

    18′ Rudiger receives a yellow card for that poor challenge on Karaca, who’s still smarting and holding his ankle. Thankfully he’s OK to continue.

    17′ It’s all a little scrappy at the moment. Rudiger slides in on Karaca when the ball’s already gone. The defender’s going to see a card of some kind.

    15′ Karaca is caught offside from Gunok’s direct ball from the back. Shortly after, Gunok stops Neuhaus’ routine effort from the edge of the box. Not a bad way for Germany’s rookie midfielder to get himself noticed.

    13′ Yazici finds some space in the box after a promising dart forward by Turkey. The Lille midfielder takes a shot but it’s well over the bar.

    11′ Rudiger gives away a free-kick as he fouls Karaca just to the right of Germany’s box. Yazici sends the ball in and Karaca smacks it on the half-volley. It ricochets off a Germany defender and the hosts clear. 

    9′ Waldschmidt. the new Benfica striker, goes on a run forward but is blocked before he can create a chance of note. 

    7′ Germany have made a decent start to the game. They get a free-kick down their right as Tufan clips Havertz. Turkey deal with it without much difficulty.

    5′ Germany have the ball in the net but it’s offside. Waldschmidt’s shot from Henrichs’ cross is blocked by the outstretched leg of Gunok and it rolls to Draxler who slots home. Draxler is the offender on this occasion.

    3′ The two sides ease into the game. Germany in particular are getting a feel for the ball early on.

    The two sides are out on the pitch in Cologne. Germany will play in their home kit of white shirts and black shorts. Turkey will play in their all-red away strip.

    There isn’t anything at stake here for either side, of course, but there’s a chance here for a few players to make a good impression. It’ll be interesting to see if any players on display can force their way into their coach’s thinking.

    Germany make eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Switzerland last time out. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Neuhaus makes his senior debut for his country. There are seven different players in Turkey’s starting 11 from the team that drew 0-0 with Serbia in September.

    SUBS: Orkun Kokcu, Ozan Kabak, Mahmut Tekdemir, Dorukhan Tokoz, Umut Meras, Ugurcan Cakir, Cengiz Under, Kenan Karaman, Mert Muldur, Abdulkadir Omur, Ahmed Kutucu, Gokhan Akkan.

    TURKEY (4-2-3-1): Fehmi Mert Gunok; Nazim Sangare, Merih Demiral, Kaan Ayhan, Hasan Ali Kaldirim; Okay Yokuslu, Ozan Tufan (c); Efecan Karaca, Yusuf Yazici, Emre Kilinc; Enes Unal.

    SUBS:Robin Gosens, Niklas Stark, Lukas Klostermann,  Jonathan Tah, Mahmoud Dahoud, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hofmann, Nadiem Amiri, Kevin Trapp.

    GERMANY (3-1-4-2): Bernd Leno; Emre Can, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger; Florian Neuhaus; Benjamin Henrichs, Julian Draxler (c), Kai Havertz, Nico Schulz; Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, Julian Brandt.

    Joachim Low’s Germany enter this game on the back of two consecutive 1-1 draws with Spain and Switzerland in Group A4, while Turkey got a bore 0-0 draw in Serbia last time out. Both teams will be looking to experiment here as they bid to improve their recent fortunes. 

    Germany and Turkey’s preparations for their next round of UEFA Nations League fixtures continues here in a friendly meeting of two international teams who have yet to get a win in 2020.

    Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this international friendly match between Germany and Turkey at RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne.

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