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2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Selcuk Inan (77')
  • Valerijs Sabala (90'+1')

Valerijs Sabala's late goal salvages draw for Turkey against Latvia

Valerijs Sabala struck a last-gasp equaliser to earn Latvia a 1-1 draw against Turkey in Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Istanbul.

The hosts were the better side and took a deserved lead in the 77th minute when Selcuk Inan struck a dipping shot from 20 yards to beat Latvia goalkeeper Andris Vanins.

However, Fatih Terim's men could not hold on to the lead and Latvia pulled level in injury time.

Sabala struck a 20-yard effort past helpless goalkeeper Volkan Babacan to silence the crowd at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Turkey were unlucky not to have taken an early lead but Vanins, who made seven saves on the night, kept out Arda Turan's bullet strike before denying Volkan Sen's powerful shot in the opening five minutes.

Thursday's outcome leaves Turkey in fourth place in Group A with nine points, one point adrift of Holland who are third in the pool.

Latvia are one place and five points adrift with three games left to play.