VIDEO. Euro 2024: Germany's smashing start against Scotland in the opening match of its competition

VIDEO. Euro 2024: Germany's smashing start against Scotland in the opening match of its competition

Kai Havertz was one of the big men of the German evening on Friday. MAXPPP – Andrew Milligan

Under the pressure of an entire nation for "his" Euro 2024 at home, Germany had an idyllic start by correcting Scotland 5 to 1 in Munich this Friday June 14, and confirms its status as contender for the coronation in a month in Berlin.

The match

Munich Arena.
Half time: 3-0.
Referee: Clément Turpin.
Goals for Germany: Wirtz (10th), Musiala (19th), Havertz (45th+1, sp.), Füllkrug (68th), Can (90th+3).
Goal for Scotland: Rüdiger (87th, csc).
Warnings for Germany: Andrich (31st), Tah (62nd).
Warning for Scotland: Ralston (48th).
Exclusion for Scotland: Porteous (45th).

The technical, physical and tactical demonstration of Germany, against a Scottish team which played during the entire second half in numerical inferiority due to a very nasty mistake by Ryan Porteous, will have to be confirmed in five days in Stuttgart against Hungary, to put themselves in an ideal position for first place in the group, before facing Switzerland in Frankfurt on June 23.

In the space of nine minutes thanks to the achievements of its two nuggets Florian Wirtz (10th) and Jamal Musiala (19th), Julian Nagelsmann's Germany put it away the very bad memories of the past, these defeats at the start of the World Cups in 2018 (against Mexico) and in 2022 (against Japan), and at the Euro in 2021 (against France) which resulted in failed tournaments (eliminations in the first round or in the round of 16).

Scottish red card

Only small regret for the German defense: for the twelfth consecutive time in a major tournament, they did not manage to finish a match without conceding a goal, since Antonio Rüdiger deceived with a header his own goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at the end of the match.

Four-time world champion (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and three-time European champion (1972, 1980, 1996), Germany wants to relive its fairy tale of ;#39;summer of 2006, during the World Cup which she organized and finished in 3rd place, the start of a decade (2006-2016) of continuous presence in the last four of the major competitions.

And there was a scent of the "Sommermärchen" of 2006 in the air on Friday in Munich, in the same ultra modern stadium which launched the adventure 18 years ago against Costa Rica (4-2). Starting with the tribute paid to Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer, great organizer of the 2006 World Cup and who died in January at the age of 78.

Seeing the intensity put by the Germans from the first seconds of the match on the Scottish defense, the German coach's plan was very clear: to extinguish the very noisy Scottish Tartan Army as quickly as possible . And it went off without a hitch.

From the 10th minute, at the entrance to the penalty area, Florian Wirtz deceived Angus Gunn with a clear shot that the "Bravehearts&quot goalkeeper saved. could only deviate onto his post. The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder thus became the Mannschaft's youngest scorer at a European Championship, having celebrated his 21st birthday on May 3.

Füllkrug's missile

Overwhelmed by the speed of the German game, the Scottish defense once again gave in in the 19th minute, on a superb combination between Ilkay Gündogan, who found Kai Havertz in depth. The Arsenal striker served behind Jamal Musiala who opened the goal with a hook before unleashing a powerful shot under the crossbar.

For Steve Clarke's men, the first 45 minutes will have to be quickly forgotten, because just before the break, Ryan Porteous saw red, for a well pressed sole on Gündogan. Havertz converted the penalty awarded by French referee Clément Turpin after the video assist.

In the second half, Niclas Füllkrug added to the bill with a missile flashed at 100 km/h after another exceptional piece of work from Jamal Musiala, released in the 74th minute to ovations from the stadium where he plays with Bayern. And Emre Can scored in added time to complete the German success.

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