Heartbreak for Greece as Euro 2024 Dream Ends in Defeat to Georgia

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Greece's dream of participating in the Euro 2024 finals in Germany was shattered today after it lost a penalty shootout to Georgia.

The turning point came in the 102nd minute when Mavropanos found the back of the net with a powerful header from Chimika's corner, sending shockwaves through the Greek camp. Despite late efforts from both sides, including a stunning save by Vlachodimos in the dying moments of extra time, the deadlock remained unbroken.

Tensions flared towards the end of the first half when a skirmish between players from both teams resulted in heated exchanges, leading to the expulsion of Georgia's substitute goalkeeper, Giorgi Loria, and Greece's George Tzavella.

Throughout the match, Greece enjoyed spells of dominance in possession but struggled to convert opportunities into goals, with missed chances haunting them, notably Bakasseta's long-range effort saved brilliantly by Mamardashvili.

As the game progressed into extra time, both teams fought tooth and nail for a breakthrough, with Georgia displaying resilience despite losing Kvaratskelia to injury. Moments of brilliance peppered the added time, including a spectacular intervention by Vlachodimos to deny Davitashvili.

However, the penalty shootout proved decisive. Georgia calmly dispatched their spot kicks while Greece faltered, missing two crucial shots that sealed their fate.

The bitter defeat marks the end of Greece's journey in Euro 2024, leaving fans and players alike grappling with the painful reality of exclusion from the pinnacle of European football.

(Source: Amna)

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