EURO 2024: Host Nation, Germany Breeze Past Scotland in Huge Opening Day Victory

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Host nation, Germany swept their opponents aside in the opening game of the EURO 2024 tournament, after putting five goals past Scotland on Friday night.

Not many quite expected a different result apart from a win for the hosts, but the Germans exhibited how ruthless they can be in front of the goal after the youngsters in the Germany starting lineup took charge and gave fans quite a show.

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Scotland were very poor on the night, as they were unable to manage a single shot on or off target, only getting their consolation through Antonio Rudiger’s own goal.

From the onset, it was clear who needed the points, as Germany, roared on by the home crowd, controlled proceedings.

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Bundesliga player of the season, Florian Wirtz, showed why he got that accolade at the end of last season.

The Bundesliga title winner with Bayer Leverkusen, Florian Wirtz, scored Germany’s and the tournament’s first goal, sending the crowd into ruptures, after just ten minutes.

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This was the early marker that was needed, and Scotland knew they were up against it.

Germany’s squad for the tournament was a mixture of youth and experience, and the youth exhibited why they merited the selection for the tournament.

Nine minutes after Florian Wirtz’s opener, Bayern Munich youngster, Jamal Musiala, got Germany’s second, assisted by Arsenal’s Kai Harvetz.

Moments after getting Germany’s second goal, Musiala thought he had won a penalty for the hosts after he appeared to have been brought down in the Scotland penalty area; even though the referee pointed to the spot, VAR ruled it out, and Scotland were relieved.

Just before halftime, though, Scotland were reduced to 10 men, making their task of an unlikely comeback all the more difficult.

Scotland’s Ryan Porteous was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Germany’s captain, in the box, a penalty was awarded, and Kai Harvetz scored from the spot to give Germany a 3-0 lead, heading into the halftime break.

Ryan Porteous has become the first recipient of a red card at EURO 2024, and that came just 44 minutes into the opening game of the tournament.

The second half started just the same fashion as the first, as the Germans were in charge against the 10 men of Scotland.

On 68 minutes, Borussia Dortmund’s Niclas Fullkrug put Germany 4-0 up, just five minutes after replacing Kai Harvetz. He would have a second ruled out 8 minutes later after being caught offside.

Scotland managed to pull a goal back after Antonio Rudiger directed a Scott McKenna attempt on goal past Manuel Neuer, who will feel disappointed not to have kept an opening day clean sheet, given Scotland could not manage a single shot on target.

The goal was only just consolation, as Germany had the match wrapped up.

Nonetheless, Emre Can, who replaced Toni Kroos late on, added a late fifth to condemn the Scots to a heavy 5-1 defeat on the opening day of EURO 2024.

Invited into the team late, Emre Can was substituted into the game late on, and he scored late to complete Germany’s rout.

The other contenders for the EURO 2024 title should be worried about Germany, given their huge victory on the opening day.

For Scotland, though, their bid to qualify for the round of 16 for the first time may just have suffered a little setback.

They now have to win both of their remaining group games against Hungary and Switzerland to stand any chance of progressing from the group.

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