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TL;DR news on Wales vs Turkey at December 19, 2022

If it plans on making it to the knockout rounds of UEFA Euro 2020, Turkey will need to come away with a convincing victory when it squares off against Wales on Wednesday. Turkey picks, check out the Euro 2020 predictions and best bets from SportsLine's Martin Green. Wales. Turkey posted eight clean sheets in those 10 contests and yielded a total of three goals, tying Belgium for fewest allowed. Why you should back Wales Wales will be hungry, as a comfortable victory likely would punch the team's ticket to the Round of 16. Turkey, trailing in Group A's other game at the interval today, came out of the blocks with some fierce spirit today, which Italy will need to be wary of. The small pocket of Wales fans here have exploded with tears of joy. The incident looks to have been spawned when the latter looked tap a prone Wales player on the turf. Turkey race down the opposite end again and Ramsey pulls off a superb piece of sliding defence to cut the move off. Turkey have managed five shots on target across this game so far. Another Turkey attack sees play held up around the box, before Yilmaz looks a header straight to Ward. The Real Madrid man, who didn't always quite find the marks at Tottenham this season, and against Switzerland last week, has got Turkey's defence on puppet strings. A ball falls kindly for Gareth Bale around the back of an opposition move and suddenly Wales have a major overlap on for goal. Wales are feeling a little more rocky now, and the energy inside Baku responds. It is probably the right decision, but Wales may have reason to feel hard done by. It may be a stretch to call this city on the Caspian Sea a home from home for Wales and their supporters, but that record is still something they could cling to today. Wales last beat Turkey 40 years ago, in March 1981, courtesy of a goal from Carl Harris in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ankara. Turkey XI: Ugurcan Cakir; Mehmet Zeki Celik, Kaan Ayhan, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras; Okay Yokuslu; Kenan Karaman, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ozan Tufan, Cengiz Under, Burak Yilmaz. Wales XI: Danny Ward; Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Joe Allen; Gareth Bale, Joe Morrell, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James; Kieffer Moore. Every early Wales touch was welcomed with whistles from the 30,000 crowd, with up to 4,000 Turkish fans having travelled, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. free header from a Hakan Calhanoglu corner was brilliantly saved by Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward. Bale lofted a pass over the defense that Ramsey chested down before knocking it past onrushing Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir in the 42nd minute. Wales could have doubled the lead at the hour mark when Bale was tripped by Zeki Celik and awarded a penalty, but the Welsh skipper skied his effort after a stuttering run up. TURKEY APOLOGETIC With Turkish and Azeri Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev in the stands, Turkey upped the pace after the break. "It's unfortunate but what he did show was character afterwards," said Wales manager Rob Page."Everybody makes mistakes. "I would like to apologise," Turkey defender Umut Meras said. "We wanted to win so hard tonight but that was not enough." Turkey coach Senol Gunes lamented his team could not level the game after going behind but had warm words for Wales. Wales played a good match. Advertising Advertising "When I've played in Turkey before, the atmosphere has been incredible," Bale told a news conference on Tuesday.