Schmid and Grüll suffer an early exit at EURO 2024

Austria eliminated from the European Championship

Romano Schmid dribbles with the ball.
Schmid was once again in the starting XI against Türkiye (photo: imago)
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Tuesday, 02.07.2024 / 22:53

Austria, featuring Werder duo Romano Schmid and Marco Grüll, have been eliminated from this summer’s European Championship. After sweeping aside a strong Netherlands team in their final game of the group stage, the Austrians were unable to repeat that performance in Leipzig on Tuesday evening, falling to a 2-1 loss against Türkiye. The result means that the remainder of the tournament will see no Green-White representation.

Ralf Rangnick’s side came into the game full of confidence, but that confidence faltered after just 57 seconds, when Merih Demiral capitalised on Austria’s failure to clear a corner to slot home. Romano Schmid and his team-mates probed for an equaliser, but no goal was forthcoming. 

Schmid’s involvement in the game was brought to an early end at half-time. Coach Rangnick rang the changes at the break in an effort to turn the game around, and Schmid – who had been booked  - was replaced by Freiburg forward Michael Gregoritsch. While the substitutions initially appeared to have little effect, with Demiral again scoring from a corner just before the hour mark, it was Gregoritsch who restored hope for Austria with 25 minutes to play. Austria came agonisingly close to a stoppage-time equaliser, but a stunning stop by Turkish goalkeeper Mert Günok kept out Christoph Baumgartner’s header and ensured Türkiye’s passage to the quarter-finals.

Austria’s 70-year wait for a knockout win at a major tournament will continue for at least another two years, as will Marco Grüll’s wait for a major tournament debut. The winger remained on the bench throughout Austria’s four games.

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