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Turkey triumph over 10-man Czech Republic, seal Euro 2024 last-16 spot vs Georgia

Turkey triumph over 10-man Czech Republic, seal Euro 2024 last-16 spot vs Georgia

With two wins from three group stage matches, Turkey finished second in Group F behind Portugal.

Turkey produced a spirited performance to defeat the Czech Republic 2-1 on Wednesday night, securing a dramatic victory and a place in the Euro 2024 knockout stages. This result sends the Czechs home after a disappointing tournament.

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Red card rocks Czech Republic

The Czechs, needing a win to progress, were dealt a significant blow early on. Midfielder Antonin Barak received a harsh second yellow card in the 20th minute, forcing them to play most of the match with a numerical disadvantage.

This significantly hampered their attacking options.

Hakan Calhanoglu ignites Turkish fans

Despite the Czech challenge, Turkey remained determined. Hakan Calhanoglu, the experienced playmaker, provided the breakthrough in the 50th minute.

His low shot found the back of the net, sending Turkish fans, who outnumbered the Czechs in the stands, into a frenzy.

Dramatic Finale

The young Turkish forward Arda Guler had a golden opportunity to double Turkey’s lead soon after, but he inexplicably missed a close-range chance.

This lapse in concentration proved costly as the Czechs capitalized on the 66th minute. Tomas Soucek pounced on a long throw to level the score, setting up a tense finale.

Cenk Tosun secures win

Just as the game seemed destined for a draw, Turkey delivered a knockout blow. Cenk Tosun scored the winning goal in stoppage time, sparking jubilation on the Turkish bench and among the passionate supporters.

This victory erases the painful memories of Euro 2020, where Turkey exited the tournament after conceding eight goals in three group stage defeats.

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Turkey vs Austria in Last 16

With two wins from three group stage matches, Turkey finished second in Group F behind Portugal. Their reward is a last-16 clash against Austria on July 2nd in Leipzig.

“We all fought very well together,” said Turkish defender Mert Muldur. “We had a hard time against such teams in the past… I think we have improved ourselves.” The jubilant Turkish players and fans will be looking to continue their winning ways against Austria in the next round.

Czech Republic’s Euro 2024 ends

The Czech Republic, on the other hand, will be left to rue their missed opportunities. Finishing bottom of the group with just one point, their Euro 2024 campaign is over. Captain Tomas Soucek lamented the red card and the missed chances, but acknowledged the effort put in by his team.

It is a disappointment because we all wanted to advance,” he said. “We were happy to get the equaliser… Everyone did the maximum. The morale was huge. Just a sad end… But that is football.”

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