Georgia beat Portugal live updates (2024)

Follow live reaction to Georgia’s 2-0 victory over Portugal at Euro 2024, which is the biggest upset in tournament history on world rankings

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June 26, 2024 at 5:45 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Mikautadze leads the Golden Boot race

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Those three goals also make Mikautadze the only player at Euro 2024 to score three times in the group stage. And there are only six players that have scored more than once.

So he has gone out on his own in the race for the Golden Boot.

  • Three goals – Georges Mikautadze
  • Two goals – Cody Gakpo, Ivan Schranz, Jamal Musiala, Niclas Fullkrug, Razvan Marin

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June 26, 2024 at 5:40 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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No such problems for Mikautadze, though

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There won't be many players that can put a greater major tournament group stage on the table than Georges Mikautadze.

His converted penalty this evening was his third goal at Euro 2024 and means he scored in all of his side's group-stage games.

He joins an exclusive list of eight players to have done that previously:

  • Michel Platini – 1984
  • Alan Shearer and Hristo Stoichkov – 1996
  • Savo Milosevic – 2000
  • Milan Baros and Ruud van Nistelrooy – 2004
  • Gareth Bale – 2016
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 2020
June 26, 2024 at 5:35 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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A first ever group-stage blank for Ronaldo

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A successful group stage for Portugal, all things considered. But it is one that has concluded without a Cristiano Ronaldo goal.

It is the first time in his career — spanning 11 tournaments — that he has failed to score a group-stage goal at a major tournament.

June 26, 2024 at 5:30 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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It's what you do with the ball that matters!

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You need possession to score a goal and win a game.

But you don't much of it, as Georgia showed this evening.

They had just 28 per cent possession against Portugal, the lowest by a winning team at the European Championship on record (since 1980).

And they will be happy to do it all over again against possession-hungry Spain in the last 16.

June 26, 2024 at 5:25 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Player of the Match: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

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A few candidates for the Player of the Match award in this game. Unsurprisingly though, it is Khvicha Kvaratskhelia who is deservedly given UEFA's Player of the Match award.

It was his goal after just 93 seconds that set Georgia on the path to their famous victory and, from there, the Portugal players could not get near him for the rest of the game.

What a performance when his country needed it most!

June 26, 2024 at 5:21 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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When will the last-16 ties be played?

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So, we know the line-up for the last 16. Now let's look at the logistics.

(And, if you needed any reminding, we have been and will be covering every match at Euro 2024 and Copa America)

Saturday, June 29

  • Switzerland vs Italy – 5pm BST / 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Germany vs Denmark – 8pm BST / 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Sunday, June 30

  • England vs Slovakia – 5pm BST / 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Spain vs Georgia – 8pm BST / 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Monday, July 1

  • France vs Belgium – 5pm BST / 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Portugal vs Slovenia – 8pm BST / 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Tuesday, July 2

  • Romania vs Netherlands – 5pm BST / 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Austria vs Turkey – 8pm BST / 3pm ET / 12pm PT

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June 26, 2024 at 5:16 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Portugal face Slovenia in the last 16

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All the hard work was done after two games for Portugal as their six points were enough to confirm top spot in Group F before a ball was kicked this evening.

Slovenia will be their opponents in the last 16 and, when they are back at full strength, Portugal will be very confident of making it into the quarter-final.

Their potential route to the final looks very, very tough though as they will face the winner of France vs Belgium in the last eight if they beat Slovenia.

June 26, 2024 at 5:11 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Georgia rewarded with Spain tie

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Out of the frying pan and into the fire for Georgia. And they will be licking their lips!

Many Euro 2024 viewers consider Spain the strongest team we have seen so far, and I'm inclined to agree. They were the only team to take nine points from the group stage and they will go into that last-16 tie as massive favourites to advance.

But, as we learned tonight, Georgia cannot be written off at any cost.

June 26, 2024 at 5:08 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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The knockout bracket is set!

Here is what you have all been waiting for!

The confirmed line-up for the last 16, starting with the first side of the draw:

  • Spain vs Georgia
  • Germany vs Denmark
  • Portugal vs Slovenia
  • France vs Belgium

And the other side of the draw:

  • Romania vs Netherlands
  • Austria vs Turkey
  • England vs Slovakia
  • Switzerland vs Italy
June 26, 2024 at 5:06 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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The Briefing: Georgia 2-0 Portugal

  • Biggest shock of Euro 2024
  • When did Georgia get good?
  • What's eating Cristiano Ronaldo?

The Athletic's Oliver Kay, Tom Burrows and Jay Harris were on hand to deliver their instant analysis of Georgia's 2-0 win against Portugal — check it out below.

GO FURTHERGeorgia 2 Portugal 0 – Biggest shock of Euro 2024, Ronaldo’s frustration, glorious Kvaratskhelia
June 26, 2024 at 5:03 PM EDTMichael Cox·Football Writer

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A word for the Euro 2024 underdogs

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Great scenes in Gelsenkirchen and a fitting ending to this group stage — the underdogs have, by and large, been competitive and made for some fantastic matches.

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June 26, 2024 at 5:01 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Group F final table

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So, for the last time at Euro 2024, let's look at the group.

Portugal had already sewn up top spot in Group F and a late winner for Turkey against 10-man Czech Republic has sent them through to the last 16 as runners up.

And, with four points, Georgia have secured their knockout place as the second best of the third-placed teams.

June 26, 2024 at 4:57 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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The performance of performances

Georgia haven't just beaten Portugal with two flukey goals on the counter attacks, they have fully deserved their 2-0 win.

It all started right at the back with Mamardashvili who was, once again, superb and his defence in front of him were immaculate throughout the 90 minutes.

The midfield outgunned a far superior — and far more expensive — Portugal midfield and the two frontmen spoke for themselves.

A goal apiece for Kvaratskhelia and Mikautadze, the latter who is now the standalone front runner for the Golden Boot.

June 26, 2024 at 4:54 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Georgia beat Portugal and are through!

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History for Georgia!

The 74th ranked nation in world football will play in the last 16 — they have beaten Portugal 2-0.

What a story and oh, how it is richly deserved!

June 26, 2024 at 4:53 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Jota close to halving the deficit

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Where has this Portugal team been all night?

Their two best chances of the match have been created in stoppage time as Conceicao's low shot-cum-cross somehow evaded Jota's intricate attempt to divert it into the bottom corner and then beat Ramos at the far post.

It has not been their night.

It has, however, been the night of all nights for Georgia!

June 26, 2024 at 4:51 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Mamardashvili saves from Semedo!

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Mamardashvili makes a key save, of course he does!

The first bit of quality in a while from a Portugal perspective saw Felix curl a dangerous cross towards Semedo at the far post. The Wolves full-back tried to direct it into the bottom corner with his instep, but there was Mamardashvili with a big right paw to keep it out.

Fortunately for him, one of his defenders was stationed a yard in front to fully clear the danger.

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June 26, 2024 at 4:49 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Four minutes added on!

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Georgia are four more minutes away from a famous victory in Gelsenkirchen!

June 26, 2024 at 4:48 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Georgia doing all of the running

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I don't want to jinx this for any Georgians following this coverage, but Portugal seem resigned to this 2-0 defeat.

They are getting bullied all over the pitch by the Georgia players and, all of a sudden, it is them who look more like scoring the third goal. Although, they need to make sure they don't get carried away and commit too many players forward because there are still some excellent players in this Portugal side.

I'm not sure any of them have looked excellent this evening, mind.

June 26, 2024 at 4:45 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Kvaratskhelia having a stand-out tournament

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Following his substitution, it feels worth pointing out just how good Kvaratskhelia has been to watch at Euro 2024 so far.

In a world of patient passing, overly structured patterns of play and often boring football, he is a breath of fresh air. He takes players on, he scores goals and he works incredibly hard for his team.

He, along with his team-mates, is fully deserving of a place in the last 16.

June 26, 2024 at 4:41 PM EDTEd Mackey·Live Reporter

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Kvaratskhelia withdrawn in Georgia double change

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Another brilliant performance from Kvaratskhelia and Georgia will be hoping they need him fresh for the knockouts, so he has been withdrawn.

Zuriko Davitashvili is on in his place.

Georgia's other change has seen Chakvetadze make way for Anzor Mekvabishvili.

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