The Turkish players and officials didn't even try to hide their disappointment.

"I have to apologize," said defender Umut Meras after the 2-0 draw at the European Football Championship against Wales.

Coach Senol Günes' team was unable to use the support of around 30,000 fans in Baku to their advantage on Wednesday evening.

"We really wanted to win, but that was just not enough," said Meras.

Because Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy in the later game, Turkey has not yet been eliminated mathematically, but the chances of the round of 16 with zero points from two games are not great.

It looks very different with the Welsh people.

With four points, the team around star Gareth Bale is in second place in Group A.

After two victories, Italy's front runner is already among the top 16 teams.

"You'd think four points would be enough, but we'll have to wait and see," said Bale.

"If we had been offered four points before the tournament, we would have gratefully accepted them."

Bale in top shape

In the win against Turkey, the 31-year-old, who was pretty inconspicuous in the 1-1 draw in the first game against Switzerland, was in top form.

Bale put Aaron Ramsey in the limelight again and again and prepared both goals.

In addition, the captain showed his speed in counter-attack situations.

His missed penalty after an hour did nothing to change the strong impression that Bale made.

“I missed the penalty, but then showed my character.

The second goal just before the end was the icing on the cake, ”he said rightly.

With the assist for the decisive 2-0 he made a special gift to goal scorer Connor Roberts at his first European football championship.

"This is the best moment of my career," said the 25-year-old defender overjoyed. "To be in a big tournament is simply the greatest thing for me," he added and said: "It's unbelievable that we're almost in the next round."