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Turkey 2-1 Austria: Demiral and Gunok Propel Turkey to Euro 2024 Quarter-Finals

Turkey 2-1 Austria: Demiral and Gunok Propel Turkey to Euro 2024 Quarter-Finals

Turkey secured a spot in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Austria, thanks to Merih Demiral’s brace and a last-minute wonder save by goalkeeper Mert Gunok.

Key Highlights:

  • Early Lead: Turkey took the lead just 57 seconds into the match, the fastest goal in European Championship knockout history, when Merih Demiral scored from Arda Guler’s corner.
  • Doubling the Lead: Demiral struck again just before the hour mark, once more from a superb Guler corner, putting Turkey in control.
  • Austria’s Response: Austria fought back, and substitute Michael Gregoritsch pulled one back in the 66th minute, setting up a tense finale.
  • Crucial Save: In the dying moments, Gunok made a stunning save to deny Christoph Baumgartner’s header, ensuring Turkey’s victory.

This win sets up a quarter-final clash against the Netherlands in Berlin on Saturday. Despite injuries and suspensions, Turkey, guided by coach Vincenzo Montella, carries momentum and belief into the next stage.

Star Performers:

  • Merih Demiral: Scored both goals for Turkey, capitalizing on Guler’s precise corner deliveries.
  • Mert Gunok: Made a crucial save in stoppage time, preserving Turkey’s lead and securing their advancement.
  • Arda Guler: The 19-year-old sensation provided two assists from corner kicks and orchestrated Turkey’s play, showcasing his immense talent.

Turkey will now face the Netherlands, with hopes high for reaching the semi-finals, a stage they last achieved in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008.

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