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Latvia received Turkey at home at Daugava Stadium in Riga on Monday evening, for the 8th day of qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.
Very little rhythm, the first period ended in a goalless draw 0-0 with two selections not engaging in this start of the meeting.
In the second half, the local players will open the scoring in front of a completely apathetic Turkish defense after the overflow on the right side of Roberts Savalnieks, and the strong cross from the Latvian right-back inadvertently caught in his own goals by the Turkish central defender Merih Demiral (1 -0.70 ‘csc).
Stefan Kuntz’s proteges will finally quickly come back to score with the first selection goal of Fenerbahçe striker Serdar Dursun (1-1, 75 ‘) after an uncrossed header on a right-side cross from Cengiz Ünder.
In a breathtaking end to the match, the Turks will achieve the impossible by scoring the winning goal after a penalty awarded after viewing the VAR, a penalty kick transformed by Burak Yılmaz (1-2, 90 ‘ +9) in the dying seconds of play.
Following this result, Turkey remains 3rd in the standings with a total of 15 points to its credit, while Latvia remains 5th with 5 points on the clock.
In the other confrontations of the evening, the Netherlands retain the lead of Pool G with 19 points to their credit, followed by Norway with 17 points, victorious over Montenegro with a score of 2-0.
Classification of group G after the 8th day of qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup:
1. Netherlands 19 pts
2. Norway 17 pts
3. Turkey 15 pts
4. Montenegro 11 pts
5. Latvia 5 pts
6. Gibraltar 0 pt
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