Turkey travels to Montenegro on the night of November 16 and knows that one win would be enough to secure a top-two finish in the 2022 World Cup qualifying group.
The country is currently Second in Group G, level on points with third-placed Norway, while Montenegro is in fourth place and will take this position regardless of the events on the last matchday.
Turkey starts the game after a brilliant 6-0 win against Gibraltar on November 13th, with the hosts proving to be far too strong for their opponents in Istanbul.
The success brought Turkey to second place in the group ahead of Norway, which went goalless against Latvia on November 13th , and a win over Montenegro will be enough to secure either the top or second place in the group.
Kerem Atürkoğlu opened the goal against Gibraltar in the 11th minute, Halil Dervişoğlu scored twice within four minutes to make it 3rd : 0 at halftime.
Since the Netherlands are at the top two points ahead of their opponents after a 2-2 draw with Montenegro on November 13th, an automatic World Cup place for Stefan Kuntz’s team is next Year still open, but she needs to lose Holland points against Norway in a huge game in Rotterdam.
The game will be played behind closed doors amid a new partial coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands.
Last time played Turkey and Montenegro on September 1st when the home side took the lead thanks to goals from Cengiz Ünder and Yusuf Yazıcı but conceded twice to keep a 2-2 draw.
The second-placed team go into a playoff with 12 teams, including the runner-up in the 10 groups and two group winners of the UEFA Nations League.
One of the possible opponents of Turkey, should they qualify for the playoffs, is Portugal, da Cristiano Ronal dos hopes of a record-breaking fifth World Cup are in limbo after Serbia stunned Portugal 2-1 in Lisbon on November 14th to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo already holds the record of five European Championship games and looked well on course for another milestone when Portugal stormed out of the blocks through Renato Sanches after just two minutes and made the top scorer.
However, Serbia bounced back to dominate the rest of the first half , and deservedly equalized when Dusan Tadic scored a goal on the post after Dusan Vlahovic hit the wood.
Ronaldo fell silent as another chance to score his 800th career goal came and went.
“We have to apologize to the Portuguese, but my team will be at the World Cup, that’s guaranteed,” said Portugal’s defiant coach Fernando Santos.
“We have to prepare well to un To beat our opponents in March and come to Qatar. But I always trust my players. ”
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Turkey will travel to Montenegro and on the night of November 16 knows that one win would be enough to secure a top two finish in the 2022 World Cup qualifying group.