Turkey stunned world champions France with a dominant and well-deserved 2-0 triumph in Euro 2020 qualifying on Saturday.First-half goals from Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under sealed Turkey’s triumph as their revival under boss Senol Gunes continued at pace.Turkey have won all five matches they have played in Gunes’ second stint in charge of the national team and they now sit three points ahead of France in Group H after three games played. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Their latest triumph, achieved in front of a passionate crowd in Konya, came against a France side who simply were not at the races and did not manage a shot on target.2 – France have conceded 2+ goals in the first half for the 1st time since June 2015 against Belgium. Surprise.#TURFRA pic.twitter.com/7i9z72zIsT— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 8, 2019Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud were available for selection again after featuring in European finals and all three were included from the start in a strong-looking France side.But the first half was a drab affair, with the game’s first real opening ending in the 30th-minute opener.Under’s free-kick was smartly headed across the face of goal by Merih Demiral and Ayhan met it fiercely, nodding in from seven yards with a header that was too hot to handle for Lloris.France were far too casual with the ball at the back and conceded again in the 40th minute when Paul Pogba was outmuscled by Burak Yilmaz, with Dorukhan Tokoz pouncing on the loose ball and playing in Under, who finished smartly from an angle.France were in disarray as Demiral nodded a free header just wide and Deschamps made a double change at the break, introducing Kingsley Coman and Ferland Mendy in place of Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Digne.But it made little impact as Lloris made smart saves to keep out Yilmaz and Kenan Karaman before he tipped a well-hit Mahmut Tekdemir effort over the bar.Yilmaz nearly added a third in the 86th minute before France’s woeful night was summed up when Coman was booked for simulation when trying to win a late penalty. What does it mean? Turkey seize Group H initiativeTurkey’s winning start to Euro 2020 qualifying leaves them three points ahead of France, who sit just goal difference ahead of Iceland.And while it is extremely unlikely France will fail to qualify for next year’s showpiece event, only two nations will progress from Group H.The result only increases the importance of France’s visit to Iceland, scheduled for October.Under impresses suitors with star showingA host of top English Premier League clubs have been linked with Roma winger Under and he showed exactly why with another eye-catching showing.His delivery from set-plays was consistent and he took his goal with class.Blunt attack misfires in every wayA forward line containing Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann should never be this quiet but none of the front three contributed in a meaningful way.Turkey were compact and organised, it must be said, but fans have come to expect far more from the star trio.What’s next?Both nations are in action again on Tuesday, with France travelling to Andorra for a clash against a side who have won just one competitive match since 2004.Turkey are on the road, too, and meet Iceland in Reykjavik. read more
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.— With files from The Associated Press in Toronto.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers, will close all 44 of its Canadian stores and up to 178 locations in the United States while restructuring its global business under bankruptcy protection.The Los Angeles-based company announced Sunday that it had filed for protection under U.S. and Canadian laws and confirmed Monday that it plans an “orderly wind-down” of the entire Canadian business.“After years of poor performance and challenges set forth by the headwinds facing the retail industry today, our Canadian operations are simply no longer economically viable,” said Bradley Sell, Forever 21 Canada’s chief financial officer, in a statement.The company considered “numerous options” before it came to the “difficult decision to discontinue operations in Canada,” he said, adding it believes the choice to be the right one for Forever 21 Canada.Forever 21 was granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the company said. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. will serve as its monitor in proceedings.The retailer operates 44 stores in Canada with locations in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. These stores, which employ about 2,000 people, will stay open during the liquidation process, the company said, but will close before the end of the year.“We have plans to liquidate our store inventory in the near-term,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Canadian customers can continue to shop our curated assortment of merchandise on our U.S. website.”The company said it would focus on maximizing the value of its stores in the United States, where it had 500 locations prior to the downsizing.Forever 21 will also close most of its locations in Asia and Europe but will continue operating in Mexico and Latin America.The numbers show the crisis facing traditional retailers. So far this year, publicly traded U.S. retailers have announced they will close 8,558 stores and open 3,446, according to the global research firm Coresight Research. That compares with 5,844 closures and 3,258 openings in all of 2018.Coresight estimates the store closures could number 12,000 by the end of 2019.The Canadian retail scene has undergone similar trends but hasn’t been an exact copy of the United States.Payless ShoeSource closed its 248 Canadian stores after filing for bankruptcy in February. However, Toys R Us Canada continues to operate as a separate business despite the closure of its American and British counterparts.Forever 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with other so-called fast fashion chains like H&M and Zara, rode a wave of popularity among young customers that took off in the mid-1990s.Their popularity grew during the Great Recession, when shoppers sought fashion bargains.But over the last year or so, fast fashion has fallen out of style. Young customers are losing interest in throw-away clothes and are more interested in buying eco-friendly products. They’re also gravitating toward rental and online second-hand sites like Thredup, where they see clothes worn again instead of ending up in a landfill.These trends are happening while discounters like Target have spruced up their fashion assortments, stealing away customers.Forever 21 has also been more vulnerable than some other chains because of its large footprints in major malls, which are attracting fewer shoppers.