France vs Turkey: Ayhan's equaliser stops Les Blues from early Euro 2020 qualification

France vs Turkey: Ayhan's equaliser stops Les Blues from early Euro 2020 qualification

- France vs Turkey Euro 2020 qualifier ended in a stalemate

- Olivier Giroud scored the opener in the 76th minute but an equaliser from Kaan Ayhan denied Les Blues the ticket with two games to spare

- Deschamps' side will now battle Andorra and Albania in their last two matches of the qualification process

France were denied Euro 2020 qualification after Turkey cam from a goal down to force them to 1-1 draw at Stade de France.

It was not an easy game for the 2018 World Cup winners who have most of their key players injured or recovering from some sort of illnesses.

Having played goalless draw in the first half of the meeting, Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud headed Les Blues ahead in the 76th minute.

Didier Deschamps would have thought they were on course to sealing their qualification with two matches to spare.

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However, a late minute equaliser from Kaan Ayhan in the 82nd minute ensured that both sides shared the spoils after regulation period.

Despite fielding Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, the attacker failed to find the back of the net - stretching his goal drought for his national team to six games.

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Though on the same point, France are second on the log with 19 points, same as current table toppers Turkey after eight matches.

Deschamps' men will regroup in November to seal their qualification when they battle Albania and Andorra. also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo reached 700 career goal after scoring in Portugal's 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

The 34-year-old scored from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute but his goal was not enough to rescue the defending champions from outright defeat.

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Meanwhile, Roman Yaremchuk's brace in the first 30 minutes of the meeting inspired Andriy Shevchenko to victory - in spite of Ronaldo's presence on the pitch.

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