Guler wants to continue growing at the EURO

Guler wants to continue growing at the EURO

Türkiye will defend second place and the round of 16 in the face of Czech need


This Wednesday (9:00 p.m.) Turkey will defend its second place in group F and its place in the round of 16 of the European Championship against a needy Czech Republic in the third and final match of the group stage, and with the confidence that its emerging figure, Real Madrid player Arda Guler, continues to ‘grow’.

Second with three points, Turkey has mathematics on its side to achieve qualification against a Czech Republic, with one, for which victory is only worth it if it does not want to give up the continental trophy. To do so, Vincenzo Montella’s men will have to forget the 3-0 loss against Portugal on a fateful afternoon that Guler watched almost all of from the bench.

The Turks will have the ticket for the round of 16 as second if they do not lose against the Czech Republic, although they would finish third, and could not advance to the phase, if they lose and Georgia does not beat Portugal. The worst scenario is to finish fourth if they fall and Georgia beats Roberto Martínez’s pupils.

For its part, Czechia will overcome the group stage as second if it beats Turkey; third without a guaranteed pass if they tie and Georgia does not win; and will be eliminated even if they finish third ahead of Willy Sagnol’s team.

The balance of the precedents is even, since in the eleven direct confrontations both teams have won on five occasions and the remaining one ended in a tie. However, in the 2008 and 2016 Euro Cups, Türkiye emerged victorious.

The Czech draw against Georgia (1-1) and, above all, the image shown in the second half have boosted the morale of Ivan Hasek’s team, who will not be able to count on the top scorer in history, Patrik Schick, against the Turks. Captain Tomas Soucek will take command in the middle of the field.

Oppositely, the unbalancing factor could be the talent of Real Madrid player Arda Guler, a tightrope walker who, despite his youth – only 19 years old – is already the idol of the Ottoman fans and wants to continue growing in the EURO.



CHEQUIA: Stand; Holes, Hranac, Krejci; Coufal, Soucek, Barak, Provod, Doudera; Hlozek and Lingr.

TURQUÍA: Bayindir; Muldur, Demiral, Ayhan, Kadioglu; Yuksek, Çalhanoglu; Kahveci, Guler, Yildiz; Yilmaz.

–REFEREE: Istvan Kovacs (Rum).

–ESTADIO: Volksparkstadion.

–TIME: 9:00 p.m. (La2/Teledeporte).