Istanbul was rocked by twin blasts on Saturday evening hours after the league football match between Besiktas and Bursaspor in a terrorist attack seemingly targeted at the security forces.
It was an eventful night at the Euros as Spain delivered a power packed thumping performance against a lacklustre Turkish side that failed to deliver the goods, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to register himself on the scoresheet against Italy. Croatia on the other hand may have jeopardised their qualification hopes by squandering what looked like an unassailable lead.
Defending champions Spain take on Turkey in a Group D clash on Friday, hoping to take control of the group that also comprises of Croatia and the Czech Republic.
With four equally competitive teams, Group D is likely to go down to the wire. Can Spain overcome their World Cup disappointment? Or will Turkey spring a surprise?
Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been a revelation for Tottenham this season, and they carried their domestic partnership onto the international stage as England beat Turkey in a pre-Euro friendly.
After a Russian jet was shot down by Turkish forces for allegedly 'violating airspace', there has been hostility between the two countries and it has now spilled over to the football world with Russia banning sports clubs from buying Turkish players.
Videos have been going viral of Turkish Fans booing during the one minute silence for the victims of the Paris Attack observed before their match against Greece. One fan has gone on record to state that it was a big misunderstanding.
The Netherlands will not be participating in the 2016 European Championships after finishing fourth in their qualification group following a 3-2 defeat at home to the Czech Republic.
Croatia and Turkey took the final automatic qualifying spots for Euro 2016 on Tuesday as the Netherlands, semi-finalists at last year's World Cup, were eliminated.
The Netherlands manager Danny Blind could not hide his frustration as he revealed that 15 of his players are currently missing through injury.