Teen sensation scores miracle goal to help Turkey beat Georgia in 2024 European Championship

Teenage football sensation Arda Güler, 19, produced a moment of magic on Tuesday as Turkey defeated Georgia 3-1 in an entertaining Group F match at Euro 2024.

With the score at 1-1 in the second half, the Real Madrid star picked up the ball from around 25 yards before curling a stunning effort into the top corner of the net.

The 65th minute strike led to frenzied scenes at Signal Iduna Park, with thousands of Turkish fans celebrating perhaps the goal of the tournament so far.

However, it was a devastating blow for Georgia, which is making its debut at a major football tournament. Despite being the lowest ranked team at Euro 2024, the players can consider themselves unlucky for pushing Turkey all the way in the opening group stage match.

A brilliant volley from Mert Müldür had given Turkey a 25th-minute lead, but Georgia equalized shortly afterwards when Georges Mikautadze’s shot curled into the net.

Georgia came agonizingly close to a dramatic late equalizer before Kerem Aktürkoğlu made it 3-1 in the final seconds, putting the ball into an empty goal after Georgian goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili had gone forward for a corner.

Match of the tournament so far

The drama had already started before the match in Dortmund started, with extreme weather wreaking havoc in parts of Germany.

Fan zones in the cities of Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne were all closed “for the safety of all fans,” according to their websites. Heavy rain, large hailstones and stormy winds were forecast, according to the German weather service, which also warned of a tornado risk in the west of the country.

However, the rain seemed to have little impact on the match, which many on social media called the best match of the tournament so far.

The final few moments in particular were pure entertainment, with Georgia hitting the post and then having an effort cleared off the line in its desperate search for another goal.

But as the rain poured down on the exhausted players, Turkey were celebrating full-time after a breathtaking match came to an end.

CNN’s Inke Kappeler in Berlin contributed to this report.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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