Turkey come from behind to see off England U17s

Turkey come from behind to see off England U17s

A well taken brace from Saido Berahino was not enough to clinch victory for England against a determined Turkish side on matchday 2 of the FA International U17 Tournament.

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Peacock made 7 changes to the side that could only draw against Italy in the previous game, the likes of McEachran and Afobe missing out, but it took only 12 minutes for one of the replacements to stake a place for himself in the first choice side, West Brom’s Saido Berahino converting a Chuks Aneke through ball in a tidy finish.

Turkey picked up the pace after going behind and forced several opportunities to level the scores, a mixture of brave and solid goalkeeping from Jack Butland and a desperate goal line clearance keeping the home side in front. It only delayed the inevitable though and 12 minutes into the 2nd period Turkey got what they deserved through a deflected close range strike from Okay after great wing play by Gurbuz Gurbey.

Another great finish from Saido Berahino saw England regain the lead against the run of the play but once more Turkey would fight back, striker Artlin taking the ball past Butland before slotting home coolly. The Eastern European opponents could have instantly got a third as well, but had another goal line clearance thwart them. It was only a matter of time before the winning strike would come and when it did it saw the two goalscorers link up well, Okay pulling the ball back for Artlin to sweep home expertly.

England were unable to respond and now go in to the final game against Portugal playing just for pride, knowing that they are unable to win the tournament after Portugal’s win against Italy took them onto 6 points.

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