Germany Humiliate Scotland In Opening Game Of Euro 2024


Three-time Champions Germany dismantled Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich, courtesy of four well-taken goals.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side took advantage of Scotland’s frailties in defense, netting early through Florian Wirtz, who superbly finished off an opportunity created by Joshua Kimmich.

In the 19th minute, Jamal Musiala doubled the hosts’ lead, brightening the hearts of German supporters, as he made it 2 for Germany on familiar territory.

Musiala rifled the ball into the back of the net, following a swashbuckling move involving IIkay Gundogan and Arsenal’s Kai Havertz.

Steve Clarke was displeased by his side’s weariness as they were carved open time and time again by their opposition.

Die Mannschaft were virtually in control of the affair from start to finish, bossing the game and limiting Scotland to no shot on target throughout 90 minutes.

Germany could have increased their lead in the 25th minute after the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Jamal Musiala was bundled to the ground by Tierney and Christie.

Referee Clement Turpin didn’t properly pick out the position where the foul occurred, with VAR confirming that it happened outside the box, and as such the penalty was canceled.

One minute after half of the hour mark, Germany’s Robert Andrich was handed a yellow card after a poorly timed tackle on Scott McTominay.

A minute before the expiration of regulation time in the opening 45 minutes, the Tartan Army experienced further difficulty, as defender Ryan Porteous was dismissed following a reckless tackle.

Porteous poor challenge led to Germany being handed a penalty, which was subsequently tucked away by Kai Havertz.

Germany Headed Into The Break Delighted By Their Rampant Display Over Scotland

The hosts went into the break in cruise control, whilst the men from Scotland knew they had their backs against the wall.

Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann made a quick change following the restart of action in the second period, introducing Pascal Gross for Robert Andrich, who was booked in the opening half.

Scotland also made their change, with manager Steve Clarke sending on Grant Hanley for Che Adams.

Two minutes later, Anthony Ralston got his name taken down into the referee’s book after he thwarted a counter-attacking move by Germany.

Jonathan Tah was also shown a yellow in the 62nd minute for a late challenge on Ryan Christie.

Die Mannschaft also witnessed the addition of two players, with Niclas Füllkrug coming on for Kai Havertz, while Leroy Sane replaced Florian Wirtz.

Seven minutes after the hour mark, Billy Gilmour entered the fray for Scotland, with Callum McGregor going off in his stead, likewise Kenny Mclaren, who was introduced for John McGinn.

Germany made it 4 in the 68th minute with a thumping strike by Niclas Füllkrug, who directed the ball into the top corner.

Six minutes later, veteran Thomas Muller was also given game time, as he replaced Jamal Musiala, who had a great evening.

Niclas Füllkrug Could Have Gotten A Brace In Quick Succession But His Second Goal Was Disallowed

Julian Nagelsmann’s side also got the ball into the back of the net in the 75th minute through Füllkrug, but the goal was chalked off for offside.

Meanwhile, Scotland boss Clarke also brought on Scott McKenna for Kieran Tierney, before Germany made their own alteration by sending on Emere Can for Toni Kroos.

Eight minutes before the end of normal time, Scotland made their last substitution, with Lawrence Shankland replacing Christie.

Definitely, there will be despair in Glasgow and other places in Scotland, as they were bruised and utterly battered.

Scotland didn’t have a shot on target throughout the game, but an own goal from Antonio Rudiger resulted in them making their presence felt on the goal chart.

Anyway, Germany completed the job in the 3rd minute of added time, as two substitutes combined to put the icing on their well baked cake.

Emre Can expertly finished off a chance, sending the ball into the bottom corner following a pass from Thomas Muller.

The German’s kicked off their 2024 European Championship journey on a high, as they ascend to the summit of group A with their biggest win ever in the competition’s history, while Scotland go bottom.

Hungary and Switzerland are the other two teams in Group A and they play on Saturday, June 15, 2024, by 2:00 PM (WAT).


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