Türkiye strikes a blow and defeats the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024

Türkiye strikes a blow and defeats the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024
Türkiye strikes a blow and defeats the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024

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MATCH PREVIEW

In it Olympic Stadium of Berlin, Türkiye y Netherlands will be measured This Saturday at 4 pm (Argentina time) in the last quarter-final duel of the Eurocup. The winner of this tie will face the semi-finals to England, who beat Switzerland by penalties in the previous round.

Turkey have reached this stage after finishing second in Group F, where they beat Georgia 3-1 in Dortmund, lost 3-0 to Portugal and closed the group stage with a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Hamburg. In the round of 16, Vincenzo Montella’s men beat Austria 2-1 in Leipzig thanks to goals from Merih Demiral and a decisive intervention from goalkeeper Fehmi Mert Günok.

Under Montella, who took over after excelling at Adana Demirspor, Turkey have staged a remarkable recovery, reaching the knockout stages for the first time in 16 years. Their campaign has been marked by the performance of the captain Hakan Calhanoglua veteran player who plays for Inter Milan, and for the emerging talent of Arda Gulera promising young player from Real Madrid.

The Netherlands and Türkiye decide the last ticket to the semi-finals of the European Championship (REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

For its part, Netherlands finished third in Group D after a 2-1 win against Poland, a 0-0 draw against France and a 2-3 defeat against Austria. In the round of 16, the Mechanical orange showed their full potential by comfortably beating Romania 3-0 in Munich.

The Dutch side, under Ronald Koeman in his second spell as coach, had a difficult start to the tournament but managed to recover and advance to the knockout stage. Cody Gakpo has been a key piece in attack with three goals so far, backed up by the solidity and experience of Memphis Depaywho is looking to close in on Robin van Persie’s goalscoring record for the national team.

The clash promises to be a thrilling one, with two teams that have shown strengths and weaknesses throughout the tournament. Turkey is hoping to repeat its historic performance of 2008, while the Netherlands is looking to return to the elite of European football after winning it in 1988. Individuals such as Çalhanoğlu and Depay could be decisive in a match that will determine the final semi-finalist of the Euro Cup.

FORMATIONS

Estadio: Olympic Stadium (Berlin)

Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

Television: ESPN y Disney+

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