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Euro 2024 social round-up: Kvaratskhelia receives priceless souvenir as Varga returns home

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 Jun 2024

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And with that, the Euro 2024 group stages conclude on yet another dramatic day of action across Germany.

Turkiye, Georgia, Romania, Belgium and Slovakia were the final teams to secure their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Here, we unpack the best of Wednesday’s social media clips from the football at the European Championship.

Germany eyeing Denmark task

Julian Nagelsmann’s side now know their opponents for the knockout stages of Euro 2024 following the conclusion of Group C on Tuesday.

The hosts will travel to Dortmund this Saturday to play Denmark at the Westfalenstadion for a place in the quarter-finals.

Having had two extra days of rest compared to their opponents, Germany will be hopeful of continuing their impressive start to the tournament.

Varga returns to Hungary

Following a successful operation, Hungary striker Barnabas Varga has been discharged from hospital and returned home to continue his recovery.

The 29-year-old was left with multiple broken facial bones and a concussion after colliding with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn last Sunday.

Varga’s club side, Ferencvaros, posted a picture to X of the striker waving to the camera upon his return back.

Skills on show from Zinchenko

Ahead of Ukraine’s meeting with Belgium in Stuttgart, defender Oleksandr Zinchenko was seen showing off his skills.

The Arsenak full-back was introduced as a second-half substitute against the Red Devils, but was unable to prevent his side from finishing bottom of Group E.

Ukraine became the first side in European Championship history to fail to progress to the knockout stages of the competition after claiming four points.

A night to remember for Kvaratskhelia

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia starred in a landmark triumph for Georgia over Portugal, and was able to grab a souvenir to remember the occasion.

In a video posted to his Instagram, the Napoli forward managed to grab Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt at full-time.

With that memento to cherish, Kvaratskhelia will hope to power Georgia through Sunday’s last-16 meeting with Spain, the only side still boasting a 100 per cent record in Germany.

Nagelsmann’s future number one?

Germany confirmed top spot in Group A on Matchday 3, coming from a goal down to draw with Switzerland in Frankfurt.

Manuel Neuer has kept one clean sheet from his three games, but could have found his future replacement in goal.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper was seen sharing a moment with a ball boy prior to kick-off, with the youngster approving of Neuer’s throw to him with a thumbs up.

De la Fuente thanks Spanish journalists

The relationship between footballers and journalists can often come into question but that is not the case for Spain manager Luis de la Fuente.

La Roja’s head coach met with the Spanish media to thank them for their coverage of Spain’s perfect start to the tournament, even sharing food and drink with them.

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