Euro 2024: Turkey beats Czech Republic 2-1, Montella reaches the last 16


By John

Türkiye-Czech Republic 2-1
NETWORKS: 6′ st Calhanoglu, 21′ st Soucek, 49′ st Tosun.
CZECH REPUBLIC (3-4-1-2): Stanek 6 (15’st Kovar 6); Holes 6, Hranac 6.5, Krejci 6.5; Coufal 6, Soucek 7, Provod 6.5 (30’st Lingr 6), Jurasek D. 6 (36’st Jurasek M. sv); Barak 4; Chytil 5 (10’st Kuctha 5.5), Hlozek 5 (10’st Chory 5.5). On the bench: Jaros, Zima, Vitik, Sevcik, Schick, Doudera, Cerny, Cerv, Sulc. Coach: Hasek 5.5.
Türkiye (4-2-3-1): Gunok 6; Muldur 5.5, Akaydin 6, Demiral 6, Kadioglu 6.5; Yuksek 6 (18’st Yokuslu 6), Ozcan 6 (1’st Ayhan 6); Guler 6 (30’st Tosun 7), Calhanoglu 7 (42’st Kokcu sv), Yildiz 6 (30’st Akturkoglu 6); Yilmaz 5. On the bench: Bayindir, Cakir, Celik, Yazici, Kaplan, Kahveci, Kilicsoy, Akgun, Yildirim. Coach: Montella 7.
REFEREE: Kovacs (ROM) 6.
NOTE: Peaceful evening, pitch in good condition. Expelled: Barak, in the 20th minute, due to yellow cards. Booked: Ozcan, Schick (from the bench), Yildiz, Yuksek, Gunok, Calhanoglu, Cakir, Muldur, Jaros, Cerv, Akaydin, Krejci, Kokcu, Ayhan. Corners: 7-3 for Turkey. Recovery time: 3′; 6′.

Turkey beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the match valid for the last day of Group F of Euro 2024 and qualified for the round of 16 as runners-up: goals by Hakan Calhanoglu and Cenk Tosun were decisive. The Czechs, however, finished in last place and were eliminated. Hasek’s team immediately carved out an opportunity after just two minutes with a shot by Provod, which was deflected into a corner by Gunok. In the 13th minute, the Turkish national team responded with an attempt by Arda Guler, which however ended wide. The Czechs continued to make the game, creating two more chances to score first with Jurasek and then with Hranac, but their shots lacked precision. The first turning point of the match came in the 20th minute as Antonin Barak, who had already been cautioned a few minutes earlier, made a great mistake and was sent off, leaving his teammates numerically inferior. Turkey, therefore, began to push with greater conviction and in the 27th minute became dangerous with the usual Guler, on whom Krejci’s save was providential. Despite some important chances, the two teams went to the break with the score at 0-0 after three minutes of injury time. In the second half, Turkey started strong and, after attempts by Yildiz and Ylmaz, found the net for the lead in the 51st minute with Hakan Calhanoglu: the Inter midfielder concluded with precision with his right foot and scored in the corner. The Czech Republic made a series of substitutions and reacted in a big way, grabbing the equaliser in the 66th minute with a close-range shot by Tomas Soucek. The match returned to equilibrium and the Czechs launched a long final assault, but Vincenzo Montella’s boys struck again with Cenk Tosun, who set the final score at 2-1. Thanks to this success, Turkey secures second place with 6 points and flies to the round of 16, while the Czech Republic finishes last with 1 point and is eliminated from Euro 2024.