Europe: European Championship
5 - 1
(3 - 0)
F. Wirtz (10), J. Musiala (19), K. Havertz (45), N. Füllkrug (68), A. Rüdiger (87), E. Can (90)
R. Porteous (44)
By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Germany roll over Scotland in Euros opener

Germany made a strong start to the European Championship, crushing Scotland 5-1 in the opener in Munich.


The pressure was on as Germany kicked off the European Championship on home soil against Scotland in Munich on Friday night.

And the Germans could hardly have hoped for a better start to the tournament, as Julian Nagelsmann's men ran out comfortable 5-1 winners over the Scots.

It was Germany's biggest ever win at the European Championships and also the biggest ever victory by a side in the opening game in the tournament's history.

It took just 10 minutes for Florian Wirtz to break the deadlock, beating Angus Gunn from the edge of the area to become Germany's youngest ever scorer at a European Championship.

Jamal Musiala added to the scoring nine minutes later, taking a clever touch in the penalty area before firing into the roof of the net after being found by Kai Havertz,

Germany continued to take advantage of Scotland's porous defense and made it 3-0 just before the break. After a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot and Ryan Porteous was sent off for a nasty challenge on Ilkay Gündogan inside the area. Kai Havertz stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the net.

The hosts were on cruise control in the second half, with Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann making a number of substitutions as the game wore on. One of the players who came on was Niclas Füllkrug, and he made the most of his opportunity, hammering home Germany's 4-0 goal in the 68th minute.

Eight minutes later, Füllkrug thought he had scored again when he chested down a cross and put the ball over the line, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Instead, Scotland grabbed a consolation goal out of nowhere with just a few minutes remaining when Scott McKenna's header struck Antonio Ruediger, who could do nothing to prevent the ball from sailing into his own net.

Germany weren't done at the other end, though, as second-half substitute Emre Can made it 5-1 with a shot from the edge of the box in stoppage time to wrap up an emphatic win for the hosts.

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