Portugal secures Group F win with 3-0 victory over Türkiye, Belgium bounces back with 2-0 triumph against Romania in Euro 2024

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23rd June 2024 – (Berlin) Portugal showcased their dominance in Group F of Euro 2024 as they secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Türkiye, solidifying their position as group winners. The match witnessed missed opportunities from both sides in the early stages, with Kerem Akturkoglu failing to find the net for Türkiye from a promising position inside the box.

However, the tide turned in Portugal’s favour after 21 minutes when Bernardo Silva capitalised on a clear-cut chance, placing a well-executed shot into the box to open the scoring. Türkiye’s woes continued as Portugal extended their lead seven minutes later, courtesy of a back-pass blunder by defender Samet Akaydin, catching goalkeeper Altay Bayindir off guard.

Vincenzo Montella’s men struggled to recover from the quick succession of goals, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo played a pivotal role in setting up Bruno Fernandes, who sealed the victory with a goal in the 56th minute. Reflecting on the performance, Portugal head coach Roberto Martinez expressed satisfaction with his team’s resilience, stating, “I think we played at the same level as we did against the Czech Republic, but this time we scored first. Türkiye started well, but we stood up to it and once we scored, we controlled the game.”

In another Group F clash, the Czech Republic managed to secure a point with a 1-1 draw against resilient Euro debutants Georgia. Patrik Schick’s second-half equalizer nullified Georges Mikautadze’s first-half opener, resulting in both teams settling for a share of the spoils. With these results, Portugal leads the group with six points, followed by Türkiye with three points, and the Czech Republic and Georgia with one point each.

In Group E, Belgium showcased their resilience after their initial defeat to Slovakia, bouncing back with a 2-0 triumph over Romania. Youri Tielemans opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, providing an early advantage for the Red Devils. While Romania pressed for an equalizer in the second half, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed before Kevin de Bruyne’s late strike sealed the win for Belgium.

Belgium goalkeeper Koen Casteel expressed relief following the victory, acknowledging that his team made things difficult for themselves in the second half but ultimately secured a crucial result. He stated, “The win is a big relief. We made our own life difficult in the second half whereas we staged a dominant performance in the first half. In the second half, we played too defensively but remained dangerous on counters. The second goal came too late but was, of course, a relief.”