Football: Brace from Cenk Tosun boosts Turkey's World Cup hopes

Turkey's Cenk Tosun celebrates his goal.
Turkey's Cenk Tosun celebrates his goal. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Cenk Tosun scored twice in the first 13 minutes as Turkey beat Finland 2-0 in their World Cup Group I qualifier in Ankara on Friday and boost their hopes of qualification for next year's Finals.

Tosun is top scorer in this season's Turkish league and the goals ended his year-long drought for the Turkey national team.

On nine minutes, Ismail Koybasi whipped in a cross from the left, which Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan flicked on for Tosun to net.

Four minutes later Tosun produced a looping header from Selcuk Inan's corner to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky at the far post.

The win moves Turkey above Iceland in third place on eight points, behind Ukraine on goal difference having played one game more.

Finland remain fifth with one point from five games.