Turkey Triumphs over Georgia 3-1 in Group F, Best Match from the Start of Euro 2024

The match between two not highly rated teams was fiery throughout more than 90 minutes, considered the best since the start of Euro 2024. Both sides played at a high pace, shooting a total of 37 times, and the score was breathlessly fought over the entire match.

Turkey Triumphs over Georgia 3-1 in Group F, Best Match from the Start of Euro 2024

After Arda Guler’s long shot raised the score to 2-1 in the middle of the second half, Turkey was pressured by Georgia. The posts and crossbar saved Coach Vincenzo Montella’s team, before Kerem Arturkoglu sealed the victory in the last seconds when Georgia played “all or nothing.”

The match heated up before it even started, as Turkish and Georgian fans fought in the stands, creating a chaotic scene. On the pitch, both teams entered the storm knowing this was the easiest match to earn points in Group F, where Portugal and the Czech Republic await in the following rounds.

Turkey aimed to win their first match in a Euro tournament, after five failures. Georgia, on the other hand, was the only team to participate in the Euro for the first time, so they entered the match overly excited, leading to many misplaced passes.

Both teams rushed forward like wildfire, and opportunities came early. In the 10th minute, Kaan Ayhan of Turkey shot from distance, hitting the post, and the ball rolled slowly at the edge of the goal line. Just two minutes later, Georgia responded with a shot from Georges Mikautadze forcing goalkeeper Mert Gunok to show his skills.

After continuous attacks, the higher-rated team, Turkey, opened the scoring feast with a superb goal in the 25th minute. Center-back Mert Muldur volleyed the ball into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Giorgi Marmadashvili no chance to save.

Only a minute later, Kenan Yıldız tapped the ball into Georgia’s net, but the referee disallowed the goal because the Juventus player was offside. The tide turned right after this ball. In the 32nd minute, Giorgi Kochorashvili passed to Mikautadze to score near the corner, scoring a historic goal for Georgia in their first Euro appearance.

The goal boosted Georgia’s morale, and they exchanged blows with their opponent. It wasn’t until the second half that Turkey regained calm before once again taking the lead in the 65th minute. From outside the penalty area, Real Madrid’s young star, Arda Guler, fired a dangerous long shot into the “A” corner, raising the score to 2-1.

Georgia again surged in a match that was almost non-stop. As the match drew to a close, Turkey’s goal was under more and more pressure. In the last few minutes, Georgia had two clear scoring opportunities. Star player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia hit the post with a free kick, then Zuriko Davitashvili’s follow-up shot hit a Turkish defender’s head right on the goal line.

Georgia’s hope faded in the last extra minute. Goalkeeper Marmadashvili left his goal to join a corner kick, but his teammates could not hold onto the ball. From a counter-attack, Akturkoglu easily put the ball into the empty net, sealing a 3-1 victory for Turkey.

Starting Line-ups:

Turkey: Gunok, Ayhan (Demiral 79), Bardakci, Akaydin, Muldur (Çelik 85), Çalhanoğlu (Özcan 90), Kadıoğlu, Kokcu, Guler (Yazıcı 79), Yilmaz, Yildiz (Aktürkoğlu 85)

Georgia: Mamardashvili, Kashia, Kverkvelia (Zivzivadze 85), Kakabadze, Dvali, Kochorashvili, Tsitaishvili (Lochoshvili 74), Chakvetadze (Davitashvili 74), Kvaratskhelia, Mekvabishvili (Altunashvili 89), Mikautadze.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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