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Georgia Stun Portugal in their 2-0 Win to Qualify for the Next Round

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia celebrates his early goal that set Georgia on their way

Euros24 Germany – Georgia stunned Portugal with a brilliant 2-0 win to secure qualification for the last 16 at Euro 2024 – their first major tournament.

Georgia’s task at kick-off was simple – beat Portugal and they would reach the next round. They did just that, setting up a meeting with Spain in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday.

With first place in Group F already secured, Roberto Martinez made eight changes to his Portugal side – a factor that surely contributed to their disjointed display. Improvements will be needed when they face Slovenia in Frankfurt on Monday.

Georgia had no such issues, scoring within two minutes when Khvicha Kvaratskhelia punished Antonio Silva’s error, racing onto Georges Mikautadze’s through ball and burying a finish beyond Diogo Costa.

Silva was at fault again for the second goal, catching Luka Lochoshvili in the area after more sloppy Portugal defending.

A penalty was given after a pitchside review, with Mikautadze converting to become the leading scorer at the tournament and capping arguably the greatest night in Georgian football history.


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