HAMBURG: Romanian referee István Kovács issued a Euro record 18 yellow cards and two reds as Turkey beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in a fiery final Group F game to secure a last-16 tie against Austria. Eight of the cards came after the 80th minute as both sides pushed for a second goal. The Czechs collected seven yellow cards plus one red and one direct red while Turkey tallied 11 yellow.

The Czechs had needed to win Wednesday’s final group game to avoid being eliminated and, despite having had Antonin Barak sent off for a second yellow card in the 20th minute, pushed hard for the eessential victory in the tense closing stages.

But they left gaps in defence and striker Cenk Tosun struck a late second Turkish goal to clinch their own second place and send the Czechs home.

Mayhem erupted after the final whistle as players and officials lost their tempers. Disciplinary action is inevitable.

Initially, Turkey struggled to break down their opponents and finished the first half without a shot on target, but their passionate fans were sent wild six minutes after the break when captain Hakan Calhanoglu struck into the bottom corner.

That meant the Czech Republic needed to score twice, and they got back level when West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek volleyed in from six yards.

The game was wide open after that as both sides pushed for victory, and it was Turkey who got it in the 94th minute to confirm their progress.

There were chaotic scenes right at the end as both sets of players clashed, resulting in the Czech Republic having another player sent off as Tomas Chory was shown a red card.

Patrik Schick, the Czech Republic’s injured striker, was one of those to be booked even though he did not get on the pitch.