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

25′ Gunok sends the free-kick into the box from near the halfway line. Germany deal with it without much fuss.


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.


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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