2018 World Cup Qualifying - UEFA, Group Stage
  • Ozan Tufan (45'+1')
  • Hakan Calhanoglu (81' PEN)
  • Andriy Yarmolenko (24' PEN)
  • Artem Kravets (27')

Turkey rally to earn draw with Ukraine in qualifier

Turkey came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home Ukraine in their FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I game.

The result at the Konya Buyuksehir Stadium is a second draw for both teams after all the first round of Group I matches ended 1-1 a month ago.

Turkey had the best early chance but Ukraine went ahead through Andriy Yarmolenko's 24th-minute penalty after Caner Erkin fouled Artem Kravets. Yarmolenko finished left-footed into the bottom-left corner.

The visitors doubled the lead three minutes later, Yarmolenko turning provider for Kravets to find the same bottom corner as his team-mate from the centre of the box.

Turkey pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, Ozan Tufan heading home from a central position after Hakan Calhanoglu's cross.

Both sides had efforts on goal in the second half before Turkey levelled through Calhanoglu's spot-kick with nine minutes of normal time left. Calhanoglu put a right-footed shot down the middle after Taras Stepanenko fouled Cenk Tosun.