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Euro 2024 Arda Guler’s Stunning Strike Propels Turkey to 3-1 Win Over Georgia


Thrilling Victory for Turkey in Group F Opener

A spectacular long-range goal from teenage sensation Arda Guler helped Turkey secure a 3-1 victory over Georgia in their Euro 2024 Group F opener. The match, held at Dortmund BVB Stadion, saw Turkey battling it out in the pouring rain on Tuesday, cheered on by a lively crowd predominantly made up of Turkish fans, thanks to Germany’s large Turkish population.

Match Overview

The encounter was arguably the best game of the tournament so far, featuring a blend of fantastic goals, near-misses, and late drama. Turkey dominated possession but faced significant defensive challenges as Georgia fought hard, nearly equalizing several times.

Early Threats from Georgia

Georgia, making their debut in a major international tournament, showed their intent early on. In the sixth minute, a header from Budu Zivzivadze hit the post, narrowly missing the chance to give Georgia the lead. Turkey’s defense was tested repeatedly, with Samet Akaydin making a crucial goal-saving block to keep the scores level.

Turkey Takes the Lead

Mert Muldur’s Opener

Turkey’s persistent efforts paid off in the 25th minute when Mert Muldur unleashed a swerving volley from the edge of the box, leaving Georgia’s goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili helpless. This stunning strike gave Turkey a well-deserved lead and ignited the crowd.

Disallowed Goal

Just over a minute later, Turkey thought they had doubled their lead through Kenan Yildiz. However, his goal was ruled out for offside, keeping the scoreline at 1-0.

Georgia’s Equalizer

Georgia struck back in the 32nd minute. Georges Mikautadze capitalized on a cross from Giorgi Kochorashvili, turning it past Turkish goalkeeper Mert Gunok, who could have done better in covering his near post. This equalizer brought the game back to a level playing field and set up an exciting second half.

Second Half Dominance by Turkey

Relentless Pressure

Turkey came out stronger in the second half, applying relentless high pressure and controlling the action. Despite their dominance, they remained vulnerable to Georgia’s counter-attacks, which tested their defensive resilience.

Arda Guler’s Spectacular Goal

The breakthrough came in the 65th minute from 19-year-old Arda Guler. Fresh from a successful run of goals for Real Madrid, Guler curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner, beyond the reach of the Georgian goalkeeper. This incredible goal not only restored Turkey’s lead but also showcased Guler’s immense potential and talent.

Guler’s Reaction

“I am just thrilled, no words to describe how I feel. I was dreaming of this goal constantly,” Guler told Turkish TV after the match. “I’ve been practicing this particular shot recently at the end of training sessions. I am so happy to have scored this way.”

Georgia’s Late Efforts and Turkey’s Final Blow

Pressing for an Equalizer

Georgia did not give up and pressed hard for a late equalizer. Their efforts included bringing goalkeeper Mamardashvili up the field for a series of corners in the dying minutes of the match.

Kerem Akturkoglu’s Goal

In added time, Turkey capitalized on a counter-attack. Kerem Akturkoglu broke away, dashed down to the other end of the pitch, and calmly slotted the ball into an empty net, securing a 3-1 victory for Turkey.

Turkey’s win over Georgia in their Euro 2024 opener was a thrilling match that had everything from stunning goals to intense drama. Arda Guler’s standout performance and remarkable goal highlighted the game, while Turkey’s relentless pressure and resilience ensured their victory. As the tournament progresses, Turkey will look to build on this impressive start, while Georgia can take pride in their spirited performance and learn from the experience.