Euro 2020 Qualifiers: France sets 10-year low in terrible Turkey performance

France failed to have a shot on target in a 2-0 defeat to Turkey, the first time in 10 years it has been so poor in front of goal.

France were extremely poor against Turkey.   -  Getty Images

France may be the world champion but it failed to muster a single shot on target in a one-sided Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Turkey on Saturday.

Turkey won 2-0 thanks to first-half strikes from Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under but in truth the margin could have been far greater in a surprisingly poor outing for Didier Deschamps' men.

For France, the match was the first in 10 years that it had not produced a shot on target. That was despite 559 passes of the ball, compared to Turkey's 322.

Turkey was far more clinical, producing 11 shots, six of which were on target in the win that sent it three points clear at the top of Group H.

Making the statistic even more remarkable was the fact that nine of the 11 players who started in France's 2018 World Cup final win over Croatia also started in Konya.

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