Rescue efforts have been underway following the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, resulting in over 1,500 fatalities and widespread destruction. Although some of the team members have been rescued, Atsu and Savut remain missing, according to reports.
The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, was one of the most intense to hit the region in the past century and sent shockwaves felt as far as Lebanon and Israel. The earthquake occurred at around 4 am on Monday, abruptly waking residents from their sleep.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was located 14.2 miles (23 kilometers) east of Nurdagi in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, with a depth of 14.9 miles (24.1 kilometers).
In the 82nd minute of the round 23 fixture, Atsu was substituted in for French forward Rayan Aabid, marking his third appearance of the season.
His stoppage time goal proved to be the game-changer as Hatayspor secured a win and moved out of the relegation zone to 14th place on the table.