Football News: Turkey Stun Austria in Thrilling Euro 2024 Clash

In a captivating Euro 2024 round of 16 match, Turkey defeated Austria 2-1 in Leipzig to set up a quarter-final showdown with the Netherlands.

The Fastest Goal in European Championship Knockout Stage History

The action unfolded in just 57 seconds, as Merih Demiral scored the fastest goal in European Championship knockout stage history. Teenage sensation Arda Guler’s inswinging corner caused havoc, and Demiral was there to fire home the opener.

Austria Stunned Despite Pre-Match Favorites

Austria had been tipped to progress, having thrashed Turkey 6-1 in March. However, Ralf Rangnick’s side were caught cold, and Demiral doubled the Turkish lead just before the hour mark, again from a Guler set-piece.

“Demiral scored the fastest goal in European Championship knockout stage history.”

Gunok’s Heroics Secure Victory for Turkey

Substitute Michael Gregoritsch pulled one back for Austria, but the match was decided by an extraordinary save from Turkey goalkeeper Mert Gunok, who was later compared to the legendary Gordon Banks by Rangnick.

Montella’s Tactical Masterclass

The challenge for Turkey head coach Vincenzo Montella was to find fluency without their suspended playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, and he succeeded, thanks to the brilliance of Guler and the heroics of Gunok.

Quarter-Final Matchups

In the quarter-finals, Turkey will face the Netherlands, who will be a stern test after their impressive performance in the group stage.

The Euro 2024 quarter-final matchups are as follows:

Football enthusiasts are in for a treat as the tournament continues to deliver thrilling encounters.

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