Turkey stun Euro 2024 hosts Germany in Berlin

Turkey stun Euro 2024 hosts Germany in Berlin
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19 November, 2023
Roared on by huge support, Turkey beat Germany 3-2 in a Berlin friendly match for the Euros
Turkey's goalkeeper Altay Bayindir celebrates during the international friendly football match between Germany and Turkey at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin [Getty]

 Roared on by huge support in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, Turkey came from behind to beat Germany 3-2 in a friendly that seemed more like a home game for the visitors on Saturday.

Yusuf Sari got the winner from the penalty spot in the 71st minute, after Kenan Yildiz and Ferdi Kadıoğlu had scored before the break.

Supporters carrying Turkey’s distinctive red flag outnumbered their German counterparts in a city that’s home to a large community of people with Turkish roots.

German fans’ attempts to encourage their team were met by a chorus of whistles at the start of the second half.

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Kai Havertz, playing in an unaccustomed left-back role, opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Niclas Füllkrug had equalized early in the second half for Germany, which slumped to its first defeat under new coach Julian Nagelsmann in his first game at home.

Nagelsmann was appointed in September to restore the team’s shaken confidence after years of disappointment under predecessors Hansi Flick and Joachim Löw.

He started with a win against the United States and draw against Mexico in the US last month.

İlkay Gündoğan, the first Germany captain of Turkish heritage, was whistled before and during the game by the Turkey supporters.

Gündoğan and national teammate Mesut Özil bore the brunt of German frustration after the team’s disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup.

Both have Turkish roots, and both were heavily criticized in Germany for posing with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a photo before the tournament.

The furor eventually promoted Özil to quit the national team, citing racism at the heart of anti-Turkish comments from far-right politicians and fans.

Gündoğan distanced himself from the incident in Britain but was still subjected to fans’ abuse during Germany games.

There was a heavy police presence for Saturday's game, including water cannon and other riot-management vehicles.

Fighting broke out among some fans near the media area early in the second half. At least one man was left mopping up a bloody nose.

Erdoğan was in Berlin the day before for a tense visit following his criticism of staunch German ally Israel.

He didn’t stay for the game.

Both Germany and Turkey have qualified for Euro 2024, the former as host.