Turkey Falters in Dortmund! Portugal: 3 Turkey: 0

In their second match of Group F at EURO 2024, Turkey faced Portugal. The starting lineup announcement caused a stir as goalkeeper Mert Günok, Mert Müldür, Arda Güler, and Kenan Yıldız, who all played in the 3-1 victory over Georgia, were named on the bench. Portugal dominated the match from start to finish, securing a 3-0 victory over the Turkish national team.

Cem Mirzanlı/Dortmund
Photo: Cem Mirzanlı

After a strong start to EURO 2024 with a win against Georgia, the Turkish national team was ineffective throughout the 90 minutes against group favorites Portugal, ending in a 3-0 defeat.

Fans Painted Dortmund Red and White

Turkish fans from various cities in Germany and across Europe came to support their team, turning Dortmund into a sea of red and white. The fans created a lively atmosphere, marching in a cortege from Kleppinstrasse to the stadium.

Samet’s Own Goal

Portugal started the match strong, with Bernardo Silva scoring in the 22nd minute to make it 1-0. Intensifying their pressure after the goal, Portugal extended their lead to 2-0 when Samet Akaydin accidentally scored an own goal in the 28th minute while attempting a back pass to the goalkeeper.

Cristiano Ronaldo Provides an Assist

Beginning the second half with a comfortable 2-0 lead, Portugal further extended their lead to 3-0 in the 55th minute when Bruno Fernandes scored from a pass by Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite Turkey’s attempts to score in the final minutes, the match ended with a 3-0 victory for Portugal.

Montella Shakes Up Winning Lineup

The decision by national team coach Montella to bench goalkeeper Mert Günok, Mert Müldür, Arda Güler, and Kenan Yıldız from the starting lineup caused surprise when the team sheets were announced. In a post-match interview, Montella explained that the star of the Georgia match, Arda Güler, was benched due to fatigue and was not in a condition to start.

Czech Republic Match in Hamburg on June 26

Turkey will play their final group match against the Czech Republic in Hamburg. Turkey needs at least a draw in the match at Hamburg Volkspark Arena on June 26 at 21:00 to guarantee a spot in the Round of 16.

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