November 19, (THEWILL) – The German national team suffered a dramatic 3-2 loss against Turkey on Saturday in a friendly match, ahead of the Euro 2024 tournament.
Playing at the historic Olympiastadion in Berlin, the home side took an early lead through Kai Havertz but were pegged back by goals from Ferdi Kadioglu and Kenan Yildiz to go into halftime down 2-1.
The second half saw Niclas Fullkrug equalise for Germany soon after the restart, but a controversial penalty won by Yusuf Sari allowed Turkey to regain the lead and ultimately claim victory.
The match marked the first loss for new German manager Julian Nagelsmann, who took over the team after the World Cup following the dismissal of Hansi Flick.
Both teams have already qualified for Euro 2024, which will be held in Germany. Nagelsmann and his squad will be hoping to reverse their fortunes next summer and take advantage of home soil after a disappointing World Cup. This loss presents challenges but also vital lessons ahead of the tournament.