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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 September 2006, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Wales U21 0-0 Turkey U21
Stuart Fleetwood was denied a crucial Wales U21 goal
Stuart Fleetwood was denied a crucial Wales U21 goal
Wales Under-21s had their Uefa Championship hopes dashed by a goalless draw with their Turkey counterparts at Cardiff's Ninian Park on Saturday.

Having lost to Israel in their group opener, Wales knew only a win would be enough to progress to the next stage.

They started well and Stuart Fleetwood should have done better when through on Turkey goalkeeper Serkan Kirintili.

Gareth Bale and Dave Edwards also drew fine saves from Kirintili as Wales failed to find a telling finish.

Both sides created chances, but the nearest the visitors came was when Wales defender Neal Eardley hit a weak back-pass to goalkeeper Lewis Price

Turkey substitute midfielder Caner Erkin beat the Ipswich stopper to the ball, only for it to roll agonisingly wide of an upright.

Midfielder Edwards had been in the thick of the action for Wales and from his pass striker Fleetwood fired in his shot, which was well saved by Kirintili.

The Turkish stopper also did well after a Bale free-kick, the Southampton left-back's initial effort rebounding from the wall with Kirintili pushing his follow-up shot away for a corner.

Wales were never as threatening after the half-time break as Turkey began to pass the ball around better.

But the visitors were content to hold out for a valuable away point and kept Wales at arm's length.


Wales U21: Price, Eardley, Bale, James, Morgan, Williams, MacDonald, Edwards, Fleetwood (Haldane 75), Arron Davies, Jacobson. Subs Not Used: Gunter, Critchell, Collins, Moses, Morris.

Booked: Haldane.

Turkey U21: Kirintili, Ucar, Teber, Irtegun, Cakmak, Dagasan (Guven 72), Burak Yilmaz, Burak Yilmaz, Inan, Zengin (Erkin 31), Akin (Gulec 59), Gakir. Subs Not Used: Kacar, Basmaz, Gungor, Cokmus.

Booked: Cakmak, Irtegun, Guven.

Att: 731

Referee: Dragomir Tanovic (Serbia & Montenegro).



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