France Scores at the Final Whistle to Earn 3-3 Tie with Turkey in Final Matches at 2011 Nike International Friendlies
Second-Half Goals From Gnaly Cornet and Sega Coulibaly Sealed the Tie for France
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2011)— France and Turkey battled back and forth for a 3-3 tie at the Premier Sports Campus on the final day of Nike International Friendlies. The roller coaster contest saw Turkey snatch a two-goal lead, be reduced to 10 men and then surrender a goal on the last play of the game.
France finished the Nike International Friendlies in third place, while last year’s champions Turkey ended in fourth.
Mustafa Batuhan Altintas, who scored in the 2-1 loss against the U.S., opened scoring in the 13th minute after getting behind the France defense and firing into an open net.
France responded in the 22nd minute with a superb solo effort from Neal Maupay, who was the engine behind France’s attack the entire 90 minutes. Maupay picked up a loose ball in front of Turkey’s goal and then alertly chipped goalkeeper Mehmet Goktug Bakirbas.
Turkey was determined to regain the lead, furiously testing France’s goal with plays built out of combination play in the midfield, and their efforts paid off in the 39th minute. Alim Harlak dribbled into France’s area and had a go at goal, but his shot deflected off a defender and fell into the path of Altintas, who powered home his second of the match to double Turkey’s lead. Altintas finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with three goals.
Turkey made three substitutions to start the second half, bringing on Amir Denil, Mert Ozturk and Aziz Ceylan. Ceylan made an instant impact, increasing Turkey’s lead to 3-1 just two minutes after coming on.
After Turkey’s third goal, France kicked its attack into high gear, brining on Gnaly Cornet as part of a triple substitution in the 52nd minute. The powerful forward made an immediate difference for his side as well, scoring France’s second goal four minutes after his entrance. Cornet received the ball from Nobie Boua Gnoumou and lost his marker, slotting the ball into the near lower corner past the ‘keeper.
France was relentless in its search of an equalizer, repeatedly testing Denil. Denil made all six of his saves after the 55th minute, several of the spectacular variety. Cornet forced two of those, once with a header, and another after Victor Mayard’s effort bounced off the post. Denil got a hand to the rebound shot and pushed it away for a corner.
In the 57th minute, Turkey’s task got harder when Safa Altuntas was sent off with a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Michel Araai. After making the maximum six substitutions, Turkey went down to nine men after Ceylan had to be stretchered off in the 86th minute.
Despite its numerical disadvantage, Turkey did well to contain Maupay and the rest of the France attack. The French attack peppered 22 shots at Turkey - 18 of them coming in the second half alone – but the equalizer remained elusive as Denil made a flurry of massive saves for Turkey.
After a relentless stream of shots as the five minutes of stoppage time were winding down, Sega Coulibaly connected with Gnaly Cornet on a corner kick, slamming home a header in the 96th minute to the delight of his teammates and the dismay of a Turkish side who had gamely tried to hold on to their advantage.
- Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: France U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 4, 2011
Competition: 2011 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 79 degrees, partly sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Turkey 2 1 3
France 1 2 3
TUR – Mustafa Batuhan Altintas 13th minute
FRA – Neal Maupay 22
TUR - Mustafa Batuhan Altintas 39
TUR – Aziz Ceylan 48
FRA – Gnaly Cornet (Nobie Boua Gnoumou) 58
FRA – Sega Coulibaly 90+6
TUR: 12-Mehmet Goktug Bakirbas (1-Anil Demir, 46); 7-Anil Capkin, 13-Safa Altuntas, 4-Mehdi Akgul (capt.), 3-Umut Can Ince (15-Mahmuthan Samet Acar, 15); 19-Ramazan Civele (11-Berk Yildiz,80), 6-Serdar Bingol, 16-Muhammet Rasit Sahingoz (14-Melih Can Yagci, 59); 17-Ismail Kose, 9-Mustafa Batuhan Altintas (20-Aziz Ceylan, 46), 5-Alim Harlak (8-Mert Ozturk, 46)
Substitutions not used: 2-Cahit Enis Katipogl, 10-Semih Islemecioglu
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu
FRA: 1-Florian Escales; 2-Nobie Boua Gnoumou, 13-Sega Coulibaly (capt.), 19-Dylan Batubinsika (3-Nicolas Senzemba, 52), 5-Abdou Diallo; 11-Kingsley Coman (10-Victor Mayard, 71), 6-Jules Ntcham, 15-Robin Maulun (8-Nianankoro Doumbia, 52), 7-Moussa Dembele (9-Gnaly Cornet, 52); 18-Neal Maupay, 17-Michel Araai
Substitutions not used: 4-Cece Franckz Pepe, 14-Jonathan Bamba, 16-Dorian Grange
Head coach: Patrick Gonfalone
Stats Summary: TUR / FRA
Shots: 8 / 22
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 4 / 2
FRA – Michel Araii (caution) 21st minute
TUR - Safa Altuntas (ejection) 57
TUR – Ismail Kose (caution) 83
Referee: John McCloskey (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason White (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Velbis (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)