Germany's preparations for Euro 2024 took another hit as they lost 3-2 to Turkey in a home match in Berlin. Despite taking an early lead, Germany struggled defensively and could not hold off Turkey's attacks. This loss marks a setback for coach Julian Nagelsmann, who had previously recorded a win and a draw in his first two matches as Germany coach. The match took place in front of a vocal crowd due to the significant Turkish population in Berlin.
Germany took the lead through Kai Havertz's goal, but Turkey quickly equalized with a goal from Ferdi Kadioglu. Just before halftime, Kenan Yildiz put Turkey in the lead with his first international goal. Germany responded early in the second half with Niclas Fullkrug's goal, but Turkey regained the lead with a penalty from Yusuf Sari.
This match was particularly significant for Germany's captain, Ilkay Gundogan, who is of Turkish descent and has never faced Turkey before in an international match. Gundogan, who had previously faced controversy over a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed that this match was very special to him.
This loss highlights Germany's defensive issues and raises concerns about their readiness for Euro 2024, which they will host. Meanwhile, Turkey has already qualified for the tournament and showcased their strength against the German side.