Turkey shocked its rival, Germany, the host of the UEFA Euro 2024, by defeating it 3-2 in the friendly international match that took place today, Saturday, spoiling the first appearance of coach Julian Nagelsmann on his country’s soil after assuming responsibility last September.
Germany, which is seeking to prepare a team that can participate strongly in next year’s tournament on home soil, still has a long way to go, as the team’s shaky defense remains a major cause for concern.
Germany had a strong start and took the lead in the fifth minute through attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, who played unusually as a left back, taking advantage of a pass from Leroy Sane in front of 70,000 spectators.
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The visitors took advantage of a series of defensive errors committed by their opponent to respond with two goals scored by Ferdi Kadioglu in the 38th minute and Kenan Yildiz, the 18-year-old former Bayern Munich youth team player, in stoppage time of the first half.
Niklas Volkrug equalized 3 minutes after the start of the second half with a low shot after a solo run from Florian Wirtz, scoring his tenth goal in 12 international matches with Germany.
The Turks, who have already qualified for next year’s European Championship, refused to settle for a draw and Salih Ozcan hit the post before the visitors were awarded a penalty kick after a handball from Havertz scored by Youssef Sarri in the 70th minute.
Germany will then face Austria next Tuesday in another friendly international match.