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Germany Crushes Scotland 5-1 in Dominant Euro 2024 Opener

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Germany made an impressive start in Euro 2024 by defeating Scotland 5-1 in Munich. This victory marks the biggest opening match victory in European Championship history, sending a strong message to the competition.

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The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute with a goal from Florian Wirtz, who scored from the edge of the area after a well-executed team play. Eight minutes later, Jamal Musiala doubled the lead with a brilliant finish, thanks to an assist from Kai Havertz.

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Scotland’s chances were further diminished just before halftime when Ryan Porteous was shown a red card for a reckless tackle on İlkay Gündoğan. This led to a penalty, which Havertz converted, making it 3-0 at the break.

In the second half, substitute Niclas Füllkrug extended Germany’s lead with a stunning goal in the 72nd minute. Scotland managed to score a consolation goal in the 87th minute through Antonio Rüdiger’s own goal. However, Emre Can — who was not part of the squad 48 hours before kick-off — sealed Germany’s victory with a goal in stoppage time, ending the match at 5-1.

Despite the heavy defeat, Scotland did manage to score once, albeit through an own goal. The match was a one-sided affair, with Germany dominating possession and looking in control throughout.

Germany’s performance was a boost for the national team, especially given the low expectations following a period of poor form and the recent sacking of head coach Hansi Flick.

Julian Nagelsmann, the new manager, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting their good possession and counter-pressing in the first 20 minutes.

“I’m happy, I’m satisfied,” manager Julian Nagelsmann told ITV after the game. “It’s not easy the first game when you’re the home country.

“The first 20 minutes, we did brilliantly, good possession and counter-pressing. We conceded one goal, but in the end, it’s okay.”

The victory will likely increase the confidence of Die Mannschaft fans, who may now be dreaming of a second “Sommermärchen” or Summer Fairytale – a term given to the unexpected success of the German team during the 2006 World Cup on home soil.

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This win not only boosts Germany’s morale but also raises hopes for a successful tournament, as the team aims to overcome recent disappointments in major competitions.

With a rich history of success, including four World Cups and three European Championships, Germany looks to reboot and reclaim its place as a dominant force in international football.

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