INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Demiral makes an unwanted record in Turkey’ defeat

Bertrand Traore

Turkey defender Merih Demiral creates an unwanted record in the first game of UEFA Euro 2020. The Crescent-Stars encountered Italy at Stadio Olimpico on Friday night and were well beaten by the mighty Italians. 

After a goalless first half, Roberto Mancini’s side appeared in the second half with all guns blazing. In the 53rd minute mark, Demiral opened the goal-scoring tally of European Championship 2020 by putting the ball in his own net. And two more goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne gave a comfortable 3-0 victory to the Azzurri. 

Roberto Mancini’s side have stamped their authority in the competition by a scintillating display on the opening day. After failing to qualify in the World Cup 2018, the Azzurri are eyeing a successful European Championship under Mancini. 

The unwanted record of Demiral in Turkey’ defeat: 

Merih Demiral has become the first player ever in European Championship’s history to score the opening goal of this competition an own goal, and the Turkey defender achieved that on Friday night.

Following the own goal, there was a social media eruption and the celebrities have also expressed their feelings. Former England forward said, “The first goal in Euro 2020 is an own goal from the not so Merih Demiral.” CFCDaily also tweeted: ‘Wait 5 years for a goal in the Euros and it’s an own goal’

Meanwhile, after suffering a big loss on the opening day of Euro 2020, it will be interesting to see how Turkey can overcome this defeat and how Demiral can see off his own goal agony and show great performance in the rest of the competition. 

Turkey has the quality to beat Wales and Switzerland in the next two games and qualify to the knock-out stage. Senol Gunes’ side should forget this result and look forward to the upcoming challenges. 

The Crescent-Stars should not dwell too much about this defeat and learn from their mistakes to go deep into Euro 2020. 

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