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Turkey labelled an 'embarrassment' by own press after Euro exit

"It may be that you don't get past the group matches. But you have no right to play such bad football," daily newspaper Aksam wrote.
20 June 2021, Azerbaijan, Baku: Turkey's Kaan Ayhan (L) and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A soccer match between Switzerland and Turkey at Baku Olympic Stadium. Photo: Marcio Machado/ZUMA Wire/dpa
Turkey's Kaan Ayhan (L) and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri battle for the ball at Baku Olympic Stadium. Photo: Marcio Machado/dpa.

Turkey and their coach Senol Gunes were lambasted by the Turkish press on Monday following their exit from the European Championship without picking up a point.

The 3-1 defeat to Switzerland in Baku followed a 2-0 defeat by Wales in the same stadium - watched in person by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - while the tournament-opening 3-0 loss to Italy in Rome set the tone.

"THE END" and "embarrassment" were just some of the headlines back home.

"It may be that you don't get past the group matches. But you have no right to play such bad football," daily newspaper Aksam wrote.

"We are not sad, we are ashamed," wrote Milliyet.

The criticism of Gunes, who has said he will not quit, was particularly harsh.

20 June 2021, Azerbaijan, Baku: Switzerland's Breel Embolo (C) battles for the ball with Turkey's Yusuf Yazizi (L) and Mert Muldur during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A soccer match between Switzerland and Turkey at Baku Olympic Stadium. Photo: Marcio Machado/ZUMA Wire/dpaSwitzerland's Breel Embolo (C) battles for the ball with Turkey's Yusuf Yazizi (L) and Mert Muldur. Photo: Marcio Machado/dpa.

'Bad football'

"Senol Gunes has been left stranded with the wrong squad selection, bad football he has allowed to be played and his inability to decipher opponents," wrote sports newspaper Fotomac.

The 69-year-old finished third at the 2002 World Cup in a previous spell in charge. But this campaign was very different.

"I wanted my players to show themselves," Gunes said. "They couldn't do themselves justice here and they are very sad about it."

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