Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kökçü was injured on Wednesday during the friendly match between Turkey against Croatia: 3-3. In Greece, VVV-Venlo striker Giorgos Giakoumakis livened up his debut in the 2-1 friendly game against Cyprus with a goal.
Giakoumakis scores on debut for Greece
Kökçü had to leave his second international match for Turkey in the 34th minute with a presumably foot injury. The nineteen-year-old Feyenoorder made his international debut against Serbia (0-0) at the beginning of September.
Turkey and Croatia turned it into a spectacular match in Istanbul. Cenk Tosun (penalty), former Go Ahead Eagles midfielder Deniz Türüç and Cengiz Ünder were accurate on behalf of the home team and Ante Budimir, Mario Pasalic and Josip Brekalo scored for the Croats.
Giorgos Giakoumaki celebrates his goal for Greece. (Photo: ANP)
Giakoumakis was selected for the first time in Greece this month by national coach John van ‘t Schip. The 25-year-old attacker has already scored seven goals at VVV-Venlo this season and is thus shared second on the top scorers list of the Eredivisie.
In his first international match, Giakoumakis only needed seventeen minutes to score. He gave Greece a 2-0 lead in Athens after Christos Tzolis opened the score after eight minutes. Cyprus brought the tension back after an hour of play, but could not prevent a defeat.
Greece is missing next year at the postponed European Championship. The country finished third in the qualifying pool behind Italy and Finland and was also unable to qualify via the Nations League.