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Germans hammer Scots to kick off EURO 2024

Germans hammer Scots to kick off EURO 2024

2024/06/14 22:07
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Germany, inspired by the excellent Jamal Musiala, annihilated Scotland at the Allianz Arena to kick off UEFA EURO 2024. Die Mannschaft have begun their campaign with a 5-1 hammering of a sorry Scottish rabble. 


LINEUPS

GER XI: Neuer*; Kimmich, Rudiger, Tah, Mittelstadt; Andrich, Kroos; Wirtz, Gundogan, Musiala; Havertz

GER SUBS: Baumann, Ter Stegen, Anton, Koch, Schlotterbeck, Henrichs, Raum, Can, Griss, Fuhrich, Sane, Muller, Undav, Beier, Fullkrug

SCO XI: Gunn; Hendry, Porteous, Tierney; Ralston, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson*; Christie, McGinn; Adams

SCO SUBS: Clark, Kelly, Hanley, Cooper, McKenna, McCrorie, Taylor, Jack, Gilmour, McLean, Armstrong, Morgan, Forrest, Conway, Shankland


Action: As was to be expected, it was an extremely fast start from the hosts and they set about Scotland with an intent and urgency missing from their recent tournament performances.

It took less than ten minutes for Germany to take the lead when Toni Kroos decided to ease Die Mannschaft through the gears and switching the play to Joshua Kimmich. He rolled the ball across to Florian Wirtz on the edge of the box and the Bundesliga Player of the Year struck cleanly, albeit quite close to Angus Gunn, but the ball squirmed in off the post from Gunn’s parry to give the Germans a deserved lead.

Once again, it was the retiring Kroos who was in charge of what was happening and when it was happening on the pitch. He decided to once again up the tempo when he threaded a ball through the middle of the Scottish defence to Ilkay Gundogan. His El Clasico rival then reversed an excellent ball through to Kai Havertz. The in-form forward hesitated and brought the ball back inside to lay off for Jamal Musiala who hammered the ball past a hopeless Gunn to double the hosts lead in the 19th minute.

The relentless press from Germany did not end there, though, with Scotland barely getting a kick of the ball, let alone in the opposition half, and within a few minutes of it being 2-0, French referee Clement Turpin had awarded a penalty to the Germans.

A counter-attack led to Jamal Musiala on yet another mazy dribble into the Scottish box but a clumsy challenge from Ryan Christie bundled over the former England U21 international. However, after a check from the VAR, it was confirmed the contact was outside of the box so the penalty was overturned to a free-kick. Kai Havertz’ free-kick was deflected and aided Angus Gunn’s collection.

Germany eased off ever so slightly until towards half-time but then yet another excellent run from Jamal Musiala led to Joshua Kimmich crossing for Gundogan and the former Manchester City man headed at Gunn. It rebounded out to both Havertz and Gundogan with the latter about to finish but Watford defender Ryan Porteous propelled himself into what could have been a leg breaking clearance in an attempt to clear the ball. 

VAR intervened once again and after a quick glance at the pitchside monitor from Turpin, a penalty was awarded and Porteous was shown a straight red card. Havertz stepped up, paused and cooly slotted home to make it 3-0 at the break. 

The opening game procession continued in the second-half and there was nearly an unexpected screamer to extend the lead when Antonio Rudiger let fly from around 30 yards and Gunn pushed the ball around the post.

Jamal Musiala then began to take the mick. His wicked trickery saw him bring the ball to the by-line before cutting back and lifting a cross to the back post for Florian Wirtz who half-volleyed just over the bar.

The Bayern Munich wonderkid continued to weave his magic throughout the second-half and then provoked the start of the second goal when his pass into the box was blocked by Grant Hanley but only as far as second-half substitute Niclas Fullkrug, who touched and then slammed home an unstoppable effort into the top corner. 

 

 

Fullkrug then believed he had a late brace when Hanley misjudged Maximilian Mittelstadt’s cross. It went over Hanley’s head, allowing Fullkrug to chest down and then bizarrely bundle in over Gunn to make it 5-0 but another VAR check gave it as offside from the initial cross.

Germany then began to take their foot off the pedal with seemingly the overall aim being for Leroy Sane to run into people or occasionally shoot high and wide or straight at Gunn.

Scotland did then, though, take advantage of that German complacency when Andrew Robertson’s free-kick from the half-way line was met by Scott McKenna with the ball hitting Antonio Rudiger and diverting beyond Manuel Neuer for a consolation goal well celebrated in front of the Tartan Army.

The scoring was not done there, though. Germany, angered by losing their clean sheet, added a fifth deep into second-half stoppage-time when some patient build-up play eventually led to Emre Can bending one into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.


Man of the match: Jamal Musiala. The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder was absolutely magnificent throughout and he gets out first Man of the Match of UEFA EURO 2024.

Big picture: Germany are more or less through to the Round of 16 now but they will want to ensure top spot as they face Hungary on Wednesday. Scotland were annihilated at a major tournament again but they are by no means out of contention to get through. They face Switzerland on Wednesday evening and will believe they need at least a point to give themselves a real chance ahead of their final game against Hungary. 

Expected goals: Germany (2.51) 5-1 (0.00) Scotland


EVENTS

Kick-off

’10 | GOAL: Wirtz (1-0)
’19 | GOAL: Musiala (2-0)
’30 | DISALLOWED: Musiala
’44 | RED CARD: Porteous
’45 | GOAL: Havertz [pen] (3-0)

Half-time

’68 | GOAL: Fullkrug (4-0)
’76 | DISALLOWED: Fullkrug
’87 | GOAL: Rudiger [og] (4-1)
’90 | GOAL: Can (5-1)

Full-time
 



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2024-06-14 23h19m by hturnerford
Musiala was a constant threat, his directness and creativity causing problems for the Scottish defense.

As a die-hard Germany fan, I am absolutely thrilled with this performance. Musiala was a force to be reckoned with and showed why he is one of the most promising talents in football right now. The entire team played with such determination and skill, it was a joy to watch. Scotland never stood a chance against our dominant attack. Let's keep this momentum going for the rest of
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2024-06-14 22h41m by omitchellsonjones
Musiala, who chose to play for Germany over England, was particularly impressive with his speed and creativity on the ball. Andrich and Kroos controlled the midfield, allowing for quick and precise passing to the attacking trio of Wirtz, Gundogan, and Havertz. Scotland simply couldn't keep up with the pace and were constantly chasing the ball. The 5-1 scoreline was a true reflection of the dominant performance by the Germans.

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U Friday, 14 June 2024 - 20:00
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5-1
Florian Wirtz 10'
Jamal Musiala 19'
Kai Havertz 45' (pen.)
Niclas Füllkrug 69'
Antonio Rüdiger 87' (o.g.)
Emre Can 90'
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