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Defeating Portugal 2-0, Georgia secures its place in the round of 16 at EURO 2024

In the final match of EURO 2024 Group F, Georgia was on the back foot against Portugal. However, thanks to a tight defense and good opportunities, Coach Willy Sagnol’s team brilliantly won 2-0 and booked their place in the round of 16.

Defeating Portugal 2-0, Georgia secures its place in the round of 16 at EURO 2024

Georgia secures its place in the round of 16 at EURO 2024

Starting lineup:

Georgia: Mamardashvili, Gvelesiani, Kashia, Lochoshvili, Kakabadze, Chakvetadze, Kochorashvili, Kiteishvili, Dvali, Kvaratskhelia, Mikautadze.

Portugal: Costa, Dalot, Antonio Silva, Danilo, Inacio, Palhinha, Neves, Conceicao, Neto, Ronaldo, Felix.

Goal Scorer: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2′), Georges Mikautadze (57′ pen).

Having already secured a place in the round of 16 at EURO 2024, Coach Roberto Martinez fielded a lineup consisting mostly of substitutes. Nevertheless, Portugal easily dominated the match.

In the 2nd minute, Antonio Silva passed the ball straight to Georges Mikautadze. The 23-year-old striker quickly played a clever pass for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to enter the penalty area and easily beat goalkeeper Diogo Costa in a one-on-one situation, opening the score for Portugal.

After conceding, Portugal continued to push high to attack. In the 16th minute, “Seleccao” was awarded a direct free kick from over 30m. Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed a powerful shot forcing goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to showcase his saving skills.

Despite being on the back foot, Georgia defended very tightly, causing Portugal a lot of trouble. In the 23rd minute, Joao Palhinha launched a long shot that found goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili’s position.

In the 28th minute, Portugal created a chaotic situation in Georgia’s penalty area, but Francisco Conceicao’s rebound shot was inaccurate. Two minutes later, Joao Felix threatened goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili with a long shot that missed the post.

Not only did they defend tightly, Georgia’s counterattacks were also very sharp. In the 36th minute, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia delivered a troubling pass from a free kick on the left wing across Portugal’s goal. Unfortunately, none of his teammates could finish.

Despite their efforts, Portugal was completely stuck in breaking through Georgia’s defense. In the 45+1 minute, Joao Felix continued to seek luck with a long shot but to no avail.

In the second half, Portugal continued to push their formation to attack. In the 47th minute, “Seleccao” created a chaotic situation in Georgia’s penalty area. Ronaldo quickly shot, but the ball hit Lasha Dvali before flying over the crossbar.

In the 50th minute, Georgia had a very dangerous counterattack. Giorgi Chakvetadze made a convenient pass from the right wing into the penalty area. Unfortunately, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s finish could not beat goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Afterward, Portugal continued to increase pressure on Georgia’s goal. In the 54th minute, Diogo Dalot shot skillfully from outside the penalty area, forcing goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to fly to his fullest to save.

In the 55th minute, referee Sandro Scharer consulted VAR about Antonio Silva’s foul on Luka Lochoshvili in the penalty area a few minutes earlier. The result was that the 36-year-old “man in black” pointed to the penalty spot. From the spot, Georges Mikautadze calmly beat goalkeeper Diogo Costa, doubling the lead for Georgia.

Hoping to improve Portugal’s attack, Coach Roberto Martinez decided to bring on striker Goncalo Ramos to replace Ronaldo in the 66th minute. However, that still could not help them improve their attack. In the 72nd minute, Georgia had a sharp counterattack, but Giorgi Chakvetadze’s shot was off target.

Noticing that the team’s attack still lacked breakthroughs, Coach Martinez continued to bring Diogo Jota, Matheus Nunes onto the field. Despite creating quite a few scoring opportunities, Portugal’s strikers could not beat goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. Therefore, they had to accept a 0-2 defeat against Georgia.

This victory helped Georgia secure a place in the round of 16 at EURO 2024. Despite the loss, Portugal still retained the top position in the group.

⚽️ 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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