• Thursday, July 25, 2024

FOOTBALL

Austria coach rues team’s Euro exit after 1-2 loss vs Turkey

Austria scored seven goals in their four games at the tournament — more than England, France and Portugal, who have all advanced into the last eight.

Merih Demiral of Turkiye scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match against Austria at Football Stadium Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, on July 02, 2024. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

By: India Weekly

AUSTRIA coach Ralf Rangnick bemoaned his side’s fortune in bowing out of Euro 2024 on Tuesday following a 2-1 loss to Turkey, as he hit out at the boring football played by other sides at the tournament.

Rangnick’s men had emerged as potential dark horses after topping a group containing France and the Netherlands.

But they were undone by their set-piece defending in the last 16 tie as Turkey defender Merih Demiral scored twice in Leipzig.

Michael Gregoritsch quickly pulled a goal back for Austria and only a stunning save from Mert Gunok denied Christoph Baumgartner a dramatic equaliser deep into stoppage-time.

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“We didn’t have the necessary luck,” said the former Manchester United coach.

“I believe if the game had gone into extra-time we would have won the game because the Turkish team were exhausted and we had a physical advantage.”

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Austria scored seven goals in their four games at the tournament — more than England, France and Portugal, who have all advanced into the last eight.

“I think the four games we played were very entertaining, including today’s game,” added Rangnick.

“Not everything went as accurately as we want. We could’ve played a few passes better but four very entertaining, intense games.

“I’ve seen other games when it was difficult to even stay awake and that was not the case in our games.”

Turkey will face the Netherlands in the last eight in Berlin on Saturday (6).

(AFP)

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