Germany, the host nation, launches Euro 2024 by defeating a 10-man Scotland 2-1

Germany, the host nation, launches Euro 2024 by defeating a 10-man Scotland 2-

MUNICH (AP) — It’s impossible to imagine a better beginning to the European Championship for host Germany.

In Friday’s Euro 2024 opener against 10-man Scotland, goals from Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala in an impressive first half put Germany on the road to a confidence-boosting 5-1 victory.

Even though Germany didn’t really have to work hard against a weak Scotland at Allianz Arena, the outcome was perfect for the tournament’s opening and increased national enthusiasm.

Captain of Germany, İlkay Gündoğan, said to German network ZDF, “Yes, that’s exactly the way we wanted to start and, to be honest, we needed a start just like that.” “To be honest, I was feeling good before the game, and thank God, that feeling came true.

 

“But precisely this environment, the exhilaration in the stadium right now with our own fans, that’s exactly what we need to succeed,”

The Germans’ pre-tournament title aspirations were low following their elimination from the previous three major tournaments. However, they began with the greatest win in Euros history.

They controlled the first half, which ended for Scotland in the worst way imaginable when Kai Havertz scored the ensuing penalty kick after defender Ryan Porteous was sent off. Following the interval, Scotland’s suffering was increased by substitutes Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can.

“The opening twenty minutes were excellent. Julian Nagelsmann, the coach of Germany, commented, “The first goals were very good.” The fact that so many players showed promise early on is quite beneficial.

 

“While it was just the beginning, it was a very positive one, and we can build on it. We are overjoyed.

Late in the game, Scotland, which had not had a chance on goal throughout, gave its boisterous supporters something to cheer about when Germany defender Antonio Rüdiger’s ball was shoved into the net for an own goal.

If Steve Clarke’s team is to advance from Group A and make it to the knockout stage for the first time, it will need to do better against Hungary and Switzerland.

“A challenging evening. We performed below our expectations. “The German team was outstanding,” Clarke remarked.

 

It seems like we have disappointed ourselves. It’s not good enough for us. I hope the next two games will demonstrate that.

After Scotland’s Tartan Army cheerleaders got the crowd going in the 10th minute, they quickly lost their fervor.

 

Joshua Kimmich was an excellent target for Toni Kroos’ crossfield lob, which he rolled across for Wirtz to slot.

in age 21, Wirtz made history as Germany’s youngest goal scorer in the Euros. Nine minutes after having a solid combination with Havertz, Musiala—who is 67 days older than Wirtz—doubled Germany’s score.

Just as the half was coming to a finish, Gündoğan’s header was only parried by Scotland’s goalkeeper Angus Gunn. However, just as the captain was about to score on the rebound, Porteous’s powerful charge knocked him down.

Germany was handed a penalty, which Havertz converted, and referee Clément Turpin immediately sent Porteous off.

 

In the second half, Scotland held strong until Füllkrug misplayed an attempted exchange between Musiala and Gündoğan. Just five minutes had passed when the replacement struck a thunderbolt into the upper right corner.

Rüdiger allowed Kieran McKenna’s header from a free kick to find the net, providing a late consolation goal for Scotland.

Even however, Can’s late substitution for the injured Aleksandar Pavlovic meant that Scotland gave up five goals for the first time in twelve years when stoppage time saw Can curl in.

 

“A wonderful sensation and an absurd tale… Can said to ZDF, “I was on vacation two days ago. After receiving the call on Wednesday, I met with the team that evening, trained once yesterday, entered the game today (as a substitute), and scored a goal. I appreciate that Julian (Nagelsmann) and the entire coaching team trusted me.

Before the game, the late great Franz Beckenbauer of German soccer was honored in front of a packed house that included Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and First Minister of Scotland John Swinney.

Germany will next watch Scotland vs Switzerland on Wednesday, with Hungary in the spotlight.

When is the Euro 2024 Opening Ceremony?

On June 14 at 2 p.m. ET, the opening ceremony begins about an hour before the first game between Germany and Scotland. The game started at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

How to watch Euro 2024 Opening Ceremony?

The Euro 2024 opening ceremony is available on Fox Sports

Where is the Euro 2024 Opening Ceremony?

The Euro 2024 opening ceremony was held at the Munich Football Arena

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