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Germany Thump Scotland in Euro 2024 Opener

  • June 14, 2024
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Germany Thump Scotland in Euro 2024 Opener

Germany kicked off their Euro 2024 campaign with a dominant 5-1 victory over Scotland at the Allianz Arena on Friday.

A dazzling first-half performance saw Germany take a commanding 3-0 lead. Florian Wirtz opened the scoring in the 10th minute, followed by a brilliant solo effort from Jamal Musiala nine minutes later. Kai Havertz converted a penalty just before halftime to extend the advantage.

Scotland came out with more fight in the second half but were ultimately outclassed. Substitute Niclas Fullkrug added a fourth for Germany in the 68th minute. Scotland pulled one back through an Antonio Rudiger own goal in the 87th minute, but Emre Can restored the four-goal cushion with a late strike in stoppage time.

This victory serves as a significant step forward for Germany after their disappointing group stage exit at Euro 2020. Conversely, Scotland, appearing in their second consecutive Euros for the first time, were left soundly defeated.

Julian Nagelsmann, the youngest manager in Euros history at 36, orchestrated a well-organized and potent German attack. Young star Wirtz, named Bundesliga Player of the Year after leading Bayer Leverkusen to an undefeated title win, showcased his talent by scoring the opening goal.

Musiala, dictating play in the number 10 role, doubled Germany’s lead with a powerful shot into the net. Scotland’s struggles were evident as their three-at-the-back formation proved ineffective against Germany’s attacking prowess.

Musiala continued to torment the Scottish defense, creating chances and drawing a red card for Ryan Porteous, who fouled Ilkay Gündoğan inside the penalty box. Havertz converted the resulting penalty to extend Germany’s lead before halftime.

With a numerical advantage and inspired performances from Wirtz and Musiala, Germany dominated the second half and Fullkrug scored the fourth. Scotland focused on damage limitation, finding some brief relief when Rudiger deflected a shot into his own net. However, Can sealed the win with a late goal for the jubilant home crowd, which included legendary managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho in the VIP box.

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