Ozan Tufan's finish on 65 minutes added to Burak Yilmaz's opening goal on 10 minutes as Turkey secured third place in Group D behind section winners Croatia, who condemned Spain to second place and a match against Italy with a 2-1 win. And the scoreline in Lens was enough to confirm Northern Ireland as one of the four best third-place sides at Euro 2016, regardless of what happens in tomorrow's matches.
Only a 4-0 win for Turkey would have denied Michael
O'Neill's Northern Ireland - playing in their first major finals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico - a historic spot in the last 16, whose 2-0 win over Ukraine on Friday was enough to leave them among the four best third-placed teams despite a 1-0 loss to world champions Germany earlier on Tuesday.
Turkey must now hope that Republic of Ireland lose to Italy and Sweden to Belgium in their respective closing matches in Group E on Wednesday night to retain hopes of progressing, but the Czechs are definitely out having picked up only one point in a 2-2 draw with Croatia out of their three games.
Northern Ireland could face hosts and Group A winners France in Lyon on Sunday or Group B winners Wales in Paris on Saturday in a possible all-British last 16 tie.