Football team scrapes draw with Turkey

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Latvia's national football team kept their hopes of qualification for the Euro 2016 championships in France just about alive with a 1:1 draw at home to Turkey on Monday night.

Both goals came in the second half and despite finishing the game with 10 men after Gints Freimanis was sent off in the dying seconds, Latvia fought bravely for a point that puts them fourth in Group A with two points from three games.

Latvia's goal came via a strike from the penalty spot by Valērijs Šabala after 54 minutes, which equalised Bilal Kisa's 47th-minute strike for the visitors.

The game itself was a physical affair with six players booked in addition to Freimanis' sending off for a second bookable offense.

Latvia's next game is on November 16 in Amsterdam against the Netherlands, who on Monday slipped to a surprise 2-0 defeat away against group leaders Iceland.

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