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Written By Jacobs Dunga

Georgia make their first ever appearance at the Euros, and standing in their way of a record start is Turkey. Both teams kickoff hostilities in group F on Tuesday, in a game that’ll most likely determine how the tournament bodes for each team.


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Turkey 

Having reached the last four of the 2008 edition, Turkey then went on to deliver a below par showing in their next two tournaments, crashing out in the preliminaries. Vicenzo Montella’s team did finish top of group D qualifiers, however, their form coming into this tournament has called for caution with no victory recorded in the last five outings, that included a 1-6 mauling at the hands of Austria. Montella will hope that his Crescent Stars turn up in the tournament proper just like they did in the early stages of the qualifiers.

Georgia 

The only debutants in this year’s tournament, Georgia are buoyed by the underdog tag that comes with their participation. Their inspiration will be borne out of the poise to surprise all comers and prove they’re a force to reckon with. Willy Sagnol’s side gritted their teeth to advance on penalties against Greece during the playoffs. Their qualification already is history, the sort of tournament they would have remains to be seen but one thing is certain, Willy Sagnol’s side will not disappoint.

Head To Head 

Turkey have the bragging rights over their counterparts, they have won three of the previous five meetings between them.  Georgia have a slim 1-0 victory in a 2007 friendly to hold on to over Turkey. However, they’ll be meeting for the very first time in a tournament on Tuesday.

Key Performers

Believe it as u want, Hakan Calhanoglu has been one of the best midfielders in the last couple of seasons in Europe. The Inter man has been the orchestrator and the spine of this Turkish side and will be the focal point when hostilities begin on Tuesday.

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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia broke into the scene in 2022 when he led Napoli to the Scudetto after 33 years. Also, he was named the MVP of that season. Since then, his stock has continued to rise despite a disappointing second season in Italy, top clubs from across Europe have set their sights on him and this tournament is another avenue for the winger to prove his relevance once again.

Verdict 

Going by pedigree, Turkey should be winning this over their opponents. Meanwhile, football has proven over again to be a game of surprises which leaves Georgia with a fair chance to cause an upset. Regardless, Turkey should nick this by the slimmest of margins. 1-0 to the Crescent Stars.

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