International Round-Up: Tosun At The Double In Turkey Victory

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Cenk Tosun proved the match-winner as his brace saw Turkey beat Iran 2-1 in an international friendly in Istanbul.

The Everton marksman’s first strike came after just six minutes. Tosun latched on to a Mehmet Topal through ball before brilliantly turning an Iran defender and lashing his shot high into the net.

The 26-year-old hit his second goal of the night on 50 minutes – and it was another typically ruthless finish from the former Besiktas striker.

Yusuf Yazici was the architect on this occasion – his incisive pass finding Tosun, whose first-time effort from 20 yards left Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand with no chance.

Tosun was substituted on 78 minutes – and Iran pulled one back through a late Ashkan Dejagah penalty – but Turkey held on to secure an impressive win against Carlos Quieroz’s side, who have qualified for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The goals were Tosun’s ninth and 10th international strikes in what was his 28th match for his country.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman played the full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland were beaten 2-0 by France in Paris.

Olivier Giroud hit the opener on 40 minutes at the Stade de France, prodding home at the third time of asking after Ireland skipper Coleman had brilliantly cleared his initial header and follow-up off the line.

Two minutes later Nabil Fekir put France two ahead with a shot from just inside the box which Ireland keeper Colin Doyle found too hot to handle.

Coleman – who was making his 45th appearance for his country – helped keep a talented French outfit at bay in the second half but Ireland couldn’t find a way back into the game as Didier Deschamps’ side got their World Cup preparations under way with a victory.


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