Euro sensation: historic victory for Georgia over Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo

We had to wait until the last day of the group stage, but tonight (Wednesday) we got the big sensation of Euro 2024, at least for now. Georgia, in its first ever appearance in a major tournament, beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal 0:2 and qualified for the round of 16. Turkey is also among the last 16 following a 1:2 victory over the Czech Republic, which was eliminated.

Portugal, which had already secured first place, came up with a secondary vehicle alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Habicha Kavazdalia, the great star of the Georgians, gave them the lead in the second minute. Ronaldo and his friends were unable to respond, and the advantage was doubled with a penalty by George Mikotadze in the 57th minute. Mikotadze, with three goals, finished the group stage as the top scorer of the tournament. Most likely this script is not your bet. Ronaldo who looked nervous all evening was substituted in the 65th minute, when Roberto Martinez effectively waved a white flag.

Georgia is one of the four teams that finished in third place and qualified, and will face Spain. The one who was pushed out was Hungary, who finished third in Group A and waited three days to see if their tournament would continue or end already in the groups. Portugal on the other hand will meet Slovenia.

In the other game, Turkey knew that a draw would be enough for them to advance while the Czech Republic needed a win to qualify. The Czechs were down to ten players after Antonin Barak received a second yellow card already in the 20th minute, and came close to elimination when Khan Celhanulo made it 0:1 Turkish in the 51st minute. Outnumbered Tomas Suchek brought the Czechs back to 1:1 in the 66th minute, and another goal would have put them up and sent the Turks home in light of the Georgian victory. Instead, the Turks scored the winning goal, with Cenk Tusson doing so four minutes into added time. The Czechs go home, Turkey vs. Austria in the Round of 16.

The players of the Georgian national team celebrate. a historic evening, Photo: AFP
Habicha Kavazadlia is celebrating. Georgia’s star arrived at the tournament, Photo: EPA
Habicha Kabertzila is celebrating. Georgia’s highlight moment, Photo: AP
Cristiano Ronaldo was nervous throughout the evening, Photo: AFP

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Khan Chalahanulu. Turkey with a second victory in the Euros, Photo: EPA

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