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Euro 2024: Turkey vs Portugal Surprise, Romania’s Ambition, Czech Republic Aims to Avoid Last Place – Saturday’s Schedule

The pursuit of Round of 16 qualification intensifies. For Turkey, Portugal, and Romania, a victory on Saturday, June 22, would secure their progression in the tournament. Conversely, Belgium and the Czech Republic must avoid defeat to keep their Euro hopes alive.

In Group F, matches will decide the fate of teams at both ends of the table, while in Group E, Belgium seeks redemption against a resurgent Romanian side.

Key Fixture: Turkey vs Portugal (6 p.m.)
In a rematch of the Euro 2000 quarter-final, Portugal aims to repeat their victory. Led by Cristiano Ronaldo in his likely final Euro appearance, the Seleção boast a formidable attack, although they narrowly avoided a stumble against the Czech Republic, rescued by Francisco Conceiçao’s late goal.

Turkey also faced challenges against Georgia (3-1), yet their dominance and goals, notably from Real Madrid’s rising star Arda Güler, inspire confidence. Backed by strong diaspora support in German stadiums, Turkey shares Portugal’s goal: securing victory for Round of 16 qualification.

Team Spotlight: Romania’s Determination Against Belgium (9 p.m.)
In Cologne, Romania faces Belgium, eager to build on their impressive tournament start against a struggling Ukraine (3-0). Eyes will be on Dennis Man, the Parma striker and double scorer in their opener, as Romania aims to advance past the group stage for the first time since 2000.

Belgium, quarter-finalists in 2021, seek redemption after a disappointing start against Slovakia. Unbeaten since the 2022 World Cup, the Red Devils are determined to bounce back, motivated by hunger, according to coach Domenico Tedesco.

Under the Radar Match: Georgia vs Czech Republic (3 p.m.)
Georgia, despite their efforts against Turkey, will face Czechia, who showed resilience in their opening match against Portugal (2-1). With opportunities to capitalize on, Georgia under French coach Willy Sagnol displayed commendable attacking prowess.

Four-time quarter-finalists, including in the last Euro, the Czech Republic relies on Patrik Schick’s prowess, making them strong contenders to advance beyond the group stage.

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