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Germany thrash Scotland in opening match of Euro 2024

Published at :June 15, 2024 at 2:55 AM
Modified at :June 15, 2024 at 2:56 AM
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Ajay Gandhar

Jamal Musiala capped a man-of-the-match in the Scottish rout.

Germany announced themselves as serious contenders at Euro 2024 with an imperious 5-1 victory over Scotland in their opening group match in Munich. The hosts were in scintillating form, racing into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes through strikes from Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala.

Scotland found themselves up against it after Wirtz became the youngest-ever German scorer at a Euro finals when he coolly slotted home following a sweeping team move in the 10th minute.

Musiala then hammered in a second with a fierce drive into the roof of the net after more slick build-up play. Kai Havertz added a third from the penalty spot just before half-time after Ryan Porteous was sent off for a reckless challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

Scotland’s hopes of getting anything from the game were as good as over at that point, with a mountain to climb a man down. Any fleeting thoughts of an improbable comeback were extinguished 22 minutes into the second half when Niclas Fullkrug rifled an unstoppable fourth for the rampant Germans.

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The scoring was completed late on by substitute Emre Can as Germany’s quality shone through.

In truth, Scotland were outclassed from the start, struggling to lay a glove on the assured German outfit. Steve Clarke’s side offered little going forward, failing to muster a shot on target until McKenna’s late-headed consolation goal which went in off Antonio Rudiger.

For Julian Nagelsmann’s impressive Germany side, this was a statement of intent. Their attacking talents like Musiala, Wirtz and Havertz tormented the Scottish defense, linking up superbly with impressive movement and passing interchanges.

In Jamal Musiala in particular, they look to have a player capable of lighting up this tournament. The 21-year-old Bayern Munich star capped a man-of-the-match display with his thunderbolt strike for Germany’s second.

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