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Gareth Bale missed a second-half penalty but Wales managed to overcome Turkey 2-0 courtesy of goals from Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts.
Wales had the game’s first chance when Bale played in Ramsey down the left channel. The Juventus midfielder kept his composure to cut inside, beating Caglar Soyoncu, but Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir saved at the near post.
Ramsey spurned another opportunity after Bale once again played a delightful ball over the top but the 30-year-old blazed his effort over the bar.
Wales looked comfortable for majority of the first half, as Turkey struggled to progress the ball in midfield, but Joe Morrell came to Robert Page’s side’s rescue twice in quick succession when he headed the ball off the line.
Near the end of the first half, Bale found Ramsey in space for a third time with the former Arsenal midfielder slotting past Cakir on that occasion to give Wales the advantage.
After the break, Gareth Bale was brought down by Mehmet Celik on the edge of the penalty area as the winger cut inside from the left. Bale, however, skied the opportunity to put his country two goals to the good.
In firing his spot-kick high and wide, Bale became the first player to miss the goal frame entirely with a penalty, excluding shoot-outs, at a Euros since Raul for Spain against France at the 2000 tournament.
The momentum began to shift in the final stages as Turkey threw bodies forward in desperate search of a goal to keep their tournament hopes alive.
It was not meant to be, however, as Wales remained resolute in defence and Roberts added a second late in stoppage time to seal all three points.
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