Euro 2024: Turkey Triumphs 2-1 Over Austria with Demiral’s Record Goals and Gunok’s Heroic Save

In a thrilling Euro 2024 match, Turkey emerged victorious over Austria with a 2-1 win in Leipzig, securing a spot in the quarter-finals against the Netherlands. The game was marked by Merih Demiral’s historic quick goals and a stunning last-minute save by Mert Gunok.

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Austria, known for their strong starts, found themselves on the back foot early in this match. In just 57 seconds, Demiral capitalized on a well-placed corner from teenage sensation Arda Guler, netting the fastest goal in European Championship knockout stage history. This quick strike caught Austria off guard, despite their previous 6-1 win over Turkey in March.

Turkey’s determination was evident throughout the game. Demiral doubled the lead with another header from Guler’s precise corner just before the hour mark, putting Turkey in a commanding position. Austria, however, fought back with substitute Michael Gregoritsch scoring to narrow the gap, setting the stage for a tense finish.

The climax of the match came in stoppage time. With Austria pressing hard, Christoph Baumgartner’s powerful header seemed destined for the net, only for Gunok to make an extraordinary save, preserving Turkey’s lead and sealing their progression to the quarter-finals.

Turkey’s coach Vincenzo Montella successfully navigated the challenge of playing without suspended playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, thanks to standout performances from Demiral and Guler. Demiral, awarded player of the match, acknowledged the vital role of Guler’s exceptional corner deliveries.

Austria’s relentless attempts to equalize, including numerous crosses into the penalty area, were consistently thwarted by Turkey’s resolute defense and Gunok’s brilliance in goal. As the final whistle blew, Turkey celebrated a hard-fought victory, ready to face their next challenge against the Netherlands.


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