The women’s national team lost 5-1 to Turkey in a match from Group 5 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying round at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon. Two weeks ago, Turkey had defeated Malta 2-0 at the Centenary Stadium.
Cansu Ya? put Turkey ahead on 7 minutes. Ya?mur Uraz doubled the score on 39 minutes and two minutes later, Cansu Ya? made it 3-0. Two minutes in added time, Bilgin Defterli scored a fourth goal.
Four minutes in the second half, Malta pulled one back through Natasha Pace but Ya?mur Uraz made it 5-1 on 61 minutes.
TURKEY Meryem Özyum?ak, Kezban Gül?en, Fatma Kara (72′ Leyla Kanbir), Cansu Ya?, Reyhan ?eker (56′ Esra Erol), Ba?ak Ersoy, Bilgin Defterli, Eylül Elgalp, Ya?mur Uraz, Yeliz Demir, Lütfiye Ercimen.
MALTA Nina Dimech (46′ Sharon Costantino), Natasha Pace, Rebecca D’Agostino, Dorianne Theuma, Ylenia Carabott, Rachel Cuschieri, Rebecca Chircop, Catherine Camilleri (46′ Corissa Vella), Kathleen Saliba (81′ Emma Xuereb), Kimberly Parnis, Marisa Deguara.
Referee: Irina Torovskaya (Belarus)
Assistant referees: Alesia Ziatseva and Darya Izafatava (Belarus)
Fourth official: Belgin Kumru (Turkey)
Photo courtesy of Louis Micallef