Euro 2024: Turkey book place in Euro quarter-finals along with Dutch after thrilling win over Austria

Euro 2024: Turkey book place in Euro quarter-finals along with Dutch after thrilling win over Austria


Turkey coach Vincenzo Montella celebrates after winning the last sixteenth match against Austria at the Euro 2024 football tournament in Leipzig, Germany.

Turkey coach Vincenzo Montella celebrates after winning the round of 16 match against Austria at the Euro 2024 football tournament in Leipzig, Germany. | Photo credit: AP

Turkey will face the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals, who beat Austria in a thrilling 2-1 encounter as both countries reached the last eight of the European Championship for the first time since 2008.

Merih Demiral was the unlikely hero for Turkey, blowing away Leipzig, giving his side the lead with less than a minute to go and then scoring the decisive header just before the hour.

Vincenzo Montella's side, playing without suspended captain Hakan Calhanoglu but once again backed by a massive support at the Zentralstadion, take on the Dutch side in Berlin on Saturday after a comfortable 3-0 win over Romania on Tuesday.

Turkey will once again rely on their passionate fans in the German capital as they aim to repeat their run to the last four 16 years ago.

That tournament was co-hosted by Austria, who took full part in a thrilling match and could have been the winners on another day.

Ralf Rangnick's side were on top for most of the match, especially in the second half when they pushed Turkey back and conceded a second goal all game long.

Al-Ahly centre-back Demiral became the first European defender to score twice in the knockout stage of a major tournament since Lilian Thuram for France at the 1998 World Cup.

Michael Gregoritsch halved the margin by converting Stefan Posch's flick into a corner soon after, with Demiral taking his international goal tally to four in 48 games.

But Austria could not make the most of their dominance and Christoph Baumgartner missed an incredible save from Mert Gunok in the final seconds of extra time to equalise, sending the team crashing out.

– The Dutch advance easily –

Cody Gakpo and Donyell Malen scored two goals each in the second half to ensure the Dutch side comfortably qualified for the last eight.

Ronald Koeman's side were heavily criticised after their 3-2 defeat to Austria, which left the Orange third in Group D.

But on Tuesday they displayed an impressive display, creating numerous chances and emerging as worthy winners at the Allianz Arena.

“We responded well to the last game and I am very happy… we took a step in the right direction today,” Liverpool forward Gakpo said.

“It’s all about aggression, intensity and defending as a team and I think that was a good and important step.”

Gakpo was the most influential player for the Netherlands and gave his side the lead in the 20th minute when his powerful shot surprised goalkeeper Florin Nita at the near post.

Romania had several chances and they went waste as they failed to get a grip on their opponents and when their second chance was ruled out for offside, they took matters into their own hands with seven minutes remaining.

Gakpo dribbled quickly through a crowded penalty area and passed the ball to Malen, who scored and then added a third in added time to make the scoreline more representative of the balance of play.

“The only important thing was that it took us too long to score the second goal,” Koeman said.

“We are Dutch, we have to play well. Today's performance was fantastic and so we have a chance to continue this.”

The winner between the Netherlands and Turkey will play either England or Switzerland a week later on Wednesday.


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