Turkey Upsets Austria in Thrilling Euro 2024 Clash, Eyes Quarter Final Showdown with Netherlands

Turkey Upsets Austria in Thrilling Euro 2024 Clash, Eyes Quarter Final Showdown with Netherlands

Turkey stuns Austria with a 2-1 victory in the European Championship last-16 match, setting up a quarterfinal against the Netherlands. Manager Vincenzo Montella praises the team’s soul and determination.

Bollywood Fever: Turkey pulled off a sensational 2-1 victory against Austria in the last-16 match of the European Championship on Tuesday, a triumph driven by more than just tactics and game plans, according to team manager Vincenzo Montella. Montella highlighted the team’s deep resolve and soulful play as key factors in the win.

Merih Demiral was the hero of the match, scoring in each half to secure a full-throttle victory that pundits have dubbed the tournament’s best game so far. “No one gave up,” Montella said. “Everyone gave a bit extra in terms of their soul, and for a head coach, you know that there are matches such as these and you can only win matches such as these if there is a soul within the squad.”

Turkey Upsets Austria in Thrilling Euro 2024 Clash, Eyes Quarter Final Showdown with Netherlands

Turkey’s dramatic victory, played in pouring rain and roared on by enthusiastic fans, was capped by a stunning stoppage-time save from goalkeeper Mert Gunok. This win sets up a high-stakes quarterfinal clash with the Netherlands on Saturday.

The victory also served as a personal redemption for Montella after Austria had thrashed Turkey 6-1 in a friendly in March. “That was a horrible stain on my career,” Montella admitted. “I had that real competitive instinct deep within me because I wanted to change this result.”

Celebrations erupted across many cities in Germany, with Turkish fans honking car horns and waving flags in jubilation. “I saw Turkish heart today and that’s what I love about this country,” Montella said.

Turkey’s victory was even more impressive considering they were without suspended captain Hakan Calhanoglou and defender Samet Akaydin. They will also miss Orkun Kokcu and Ismail Yuksek in the quarterfinal due to yellow card accumulations. Montella acknowledged the challenge of adjusting his squad for the next match, joking, “It’s a bit of a headache rather than being fun.”

Turkish fans, buoyed by their team’s victory over an Austria side that finished ahead of the Netherlands and France in their group, may now believe their team can go all the way. When asked if he believes, Montella responded, “We’ve got huge following. There’s passion and the love is really visceral back home in Turkey, so I’m very happy to have handed Turks a bit of pride.”

Montella emphasized the importance of hard work and determination from the very beginning. “We’ll really celebrate tonight, but as of tomorrow, we get down to work,” he concluded.

Turkey’s next challenge awaits as they prepare for their quarterfinal showdown against the Netherlands, with hopes high and spirits soaring.


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