Arda Guler equals Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney's performance in the Euros.


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Arda Guler joined an exclusive club, shared only by two Manchester United legends, as Turkey defeated Austria in Leipzig on Tuesday night at Euro 2024.

Goals from Merih Demiral – the defender’s first after 57 seconds was the quickest goal in the history of the European Championship knockout stages – put Turkey in a comfortable position before the hour mark.

However, Michael Gregoritsch was able to halve the deficit in the 66th minute, giving Ralf Rangnick’s outfit a considerable boost while jangling the nerves of a fair few supporters inside the Red Bull Arena.

Nevertheless, an exceptional save from Mert Gunok in stoppage time ensured Vincenzo Montella and his side advance to the quarter-finals of this summer’s tournament.

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Guler’s corners made the difference / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Real Madrid forward Guler played a pivotal role in Turkey’s triumph by delivering two pinpoint corners that Austria struggled to defend, directly leading to both of his team’s goals.

And perhaps most importantly, after assisting Demiral’s finish in the 59th minute, Guler became only the third teenager to both score and assist in the same edition of a European Championship, joining the ranks of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Guler found the back of the net at Euro 2024 spectacularly in Turkey’s 3-1 victory over Georgia, 20 years after both Ronaldo and Rooney set their records at Euro 2004.

Turkey will lock horns with the Netherlands in Berlin on Saturday evening. The victor of that clash will face either England or Switzerland in the semi-finals.

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