Germany slaps Scotland in opener – rts.ch

Germany slaps Scotland in opener – rts.ch
Germany slaps Scotland in opener – rts.ch

The opening match of Euro 2024 between Germany and Scotland smiled on the tournament organizing country. In Munich, the Germans largely dominated the proceedings to win 5-1. Julian Nagelsmann’s men are therefore off to an ideal start in Group A which will pit Switzerland and Hungary against each other tomorrow (to be continued from 3 p.m. on RTS 2).

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 (45th), will have to be confirmed in 5 days at Stuttgart against Hungary, to put themselves in ideal position for first place in the group, before facing Switzerland in Frankfurt on June 23.

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

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From the 10th minute, at the entrance to the penalty area, Florian Wirtz deceived Angus Gunn with a clear shot that the “Bravehearts” goalkeeper could only deflect onto his post. The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder thus became, at 21, the Mannschaft’s youngest scorer at a European Championship. Overwhelmed by the speed of the German game, the Scottish defense once again gave in in the 19th minute, with 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 firing a powerful shot under the crossbar.

The 3-0 fell via Havertz, who converted the penalty after Porteous’ nasty foul on Ilkay Gundogan in the area. And Emre Can scored his goal in added time to complete the German success. The only small regret for the German defense: for the 12th consecutive time in a major tournament, it did not manage to finish a match without conceding a goal, since Antonio Rüdiger deceived his own goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a header in the 87th minute.

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