Turkey blanks Albania 2-0 in EURO 2020 Qualifiers

  • 02:29 23 March 2019

Turkey blanks Albania 2-0 in EURO 2020 Qualifiers

The Turkish National Football team shutout Albania in its first match Friday in the European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020, ONA reports. 

The 2-0 victory was in an away match at Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.

Turkey's Burak Yilmaz gave visitors an early lead as he scored the opening goal at the 21st minute. Hakan Calhanoglu scored an insurance goal at the start of the second half in the 55th minute.

Turkey is in Group H with France, Iceland, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes led Turkey against Albania before officially becoming the team’s manager for a four-year term starting June 1.

Earlier this month, the Turkish National Football team and head coach Mircea Lucescu mutually terminated their contract.

During Lucescu's tenure, Turkey failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Gunes previously brought Turkey to third place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup during his only time at the head of the team.

Tonight, Iceland defeated Andorra 2-0 while France beat Moldova 4-1 in other Group H matches.

On March 25, Turkey will play against Moldova at home in Eskisehir in the second group matches.

Faig Mahmudov

Tags: Turkey Albania Football