September 5, 2017 / 8:47 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Turkey revive World Cup prospects with 1-0 win over Croatia

ISTANBUL, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A goal from Cenk Tosun earned Turkey a 1-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday to revive his country’s prospects of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and deal a blow to the group leaders with two games left to play.

The Turkish striker broke the deadlock in the 75th minute when Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic could only push a shot from Oguzhan Ozyakup away towards the feet of Tosun who fired the ball into the net.

Turkey’s prospects had been dented on Saturday when they lost 2-0 to Ukraine but they were back in contention after the win in front of a raucous home crowd in the northwestern Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The win took Turkey up to 14 points in Group I after eight games, level with Ukraine and trailing Croatia and Iceland who both have 16 points after the latter beat Ukraine. (Writing by Daren Butler Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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