Successful for the first time as a Turkish national coach: Stefan Kuntz
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With his first victory as the Turkish national soccer coach, Stefan Kuntz still has a small chance of participating in the World Cup.
The former European champion coach of the German U21s and his new team won 2-1 (0-0) in Latvia in the last second.
On the way to the final round in Qatar in 2022, Turkey is still third behind the Netherlands and Norway.
Kuntz, who shed tears after the game, was initially lucky three days after his debut in a 1-1 draw against Norway that his team did not fall behind due to Antonijs Cernomordijs (7th).
The Turks then took control, but Merih Demiral made an own goal (70th).
Former Bundesliga professional Serdar Dursun (75th) and Burak Yilmaz with a penalty kick (90th + 9th) caused the turnaround.
For the World Cup ticket, two victories against Gibraltar and Montenegro are mandatory in November: Turkey has 15 points, Norway (17) in play-off rank two must lose one of their last games.
League leader Netherlands (19) is almost through.
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