Arda Guler and Marcel Sabitzer targeted with objects from the crowd

Arda Guler and Marcel Sabitzer targeted with objects from the crowd

Arda Guler and Marcel Sabitzer both came under attack during Turkey’s 2-1 win over Austria as poor behaviour from some fans threatened to spoil Tuesday’s Euro 2024 quarter-final.

Merih Demiral scored twice for Turkey, including once in the opening minute, before Michael Gregoritsch pulled a goal back for Austria to set up a tense finish.

Turkey goalkeeper Mert Gunok pulled off an unbelievable save in the 94th minute to deny Christoph Baumgartner, drawing comparisons to Gordon Banks.

Vincenzo Montella’s side held on to set up a quarter final against the Netherlands on Saturday evening.

Guler and Sabitzer targeted with objects from the crowd

Unfortunately, as has been the case throughout the tournament, multiple objects were once thrown onto the pitch from the crowd.

Real Madrid starlet Guler and former Manchester United loanee Sabitzer were both in the firing line.

Guler did not appear to be directly hit by anything, but multiple cups and various other objects were thrown in his direction as he prepared to take the corner that was eventually headed home by Demiral to double Turkey’s lead.

After seeing the ball hit the net, 19-year-old Guler then turned towards the crowd and cupped his ear, which lead to more objects being thrown towards him.

Sabitzer – who scored three goals in 18 appearances for Man United in the 2022/23 campaign while on loan from Borussia Dorrmund – was later struck on the side of the head by a coin as he was preparing to take a corner.

Luckily for Sabitzer – and UEFA, whose security standards during this summer’s Euros have been widely criticised – no serious damage appeared to be done.

Objects were also thrown onto the field during Tuesday’s earlier game.

In the match between Romania and the Netherlands a pair of trainers were bizarrely thrown onto the pitch and almost stopped Donyell Malen from scoring.

Romania goalkeeper Florian Nita kicked one of the trainers away, before Malen cut inside to fire home, with his shot narrowly missing the other loose shoe.

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