World champions France slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat in Turkey as their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign suffered a blow.
Star-studded France scored four goals in each of its first two wins in Group H, with its intimidating forward line of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe grabbing a goal each in both games.
It didn’t work against Turkey.
The Turkish side proved highly effective, converting the first chance in the 30th. Kaan Ayhan headed in the first goal and, 10 minutes later, Cengiz Under stunned France with the second.
With three wins in three games, Turkey leads Group H with nine points. France is three points behind in second, along with Iceland which beat Albania 1-0. Moldova beat Andorra 1-0 for its first win in this group.
After full-back Benjamin Pavard gave away a free-kick on the left in the 30th minute, Cengiz Ünder whipped the ball to the far post where it was headed back across goal for defender Kaan Ayhan to nod powerfully past Hugo Lloris. Ünder put Turkey further ahead 10 minutes later with a fine finish after Samuel Umtiti and Paul Pogba each lost the ball clumsily in quick succession.
“We weren’t present (and) that’s what the highest level is all about, whether you’re world champions or not,” Deschamps said. “When you don’t show the right intentions you can’t hope for anything.”
Turkey’s win saw them leapfrog France at the top of Group H.