Germany makes history: no host nation has ever started a European Championship this well

The thrashing of Scotland was also the biggest victory in the history of the German national team at the European Championships.

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Germany had an almost perfect debut at Euro 2024 this Friday, delivering a historic 5-1 thrashing of Scotland for two significant reasons.

Firstly, the German team displayed a dominant performance with goals from Florian Wirtz (10’), Jamal Musiala (19’), Kai Havertz (45+1’, penalty), Niclas Fullkrug (68’), and Emre Can (90+3’). Scotland, meanwhile, faced a significant setback when Ryan Porteous was sent off at the 44-minute mark, reducing them to ten men. Despite this disadvantage, Scotland managed to score in the 87th minute through an own goal by Antonio Rudiger. This comprehensive victory marked Germany’s biggest ever win in European Championships history, highlighting their attacking prowess and defensive solidity.

At the same time, the German national team, playing at the Allianz Arena in Munich, recorded the most impressive victory ever by a host nation in their opening match of the European Championship. This remarkable achievement underscores Germany’s readiness and capability as both a competitor and host of the tournament.

The match saw Germany take control early on, with Florian Wirtz opening the scoring in the 10th minute. Jamal Musiala added a second goal at the 19-minute mark, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Just before halftime, Kai Havertz converted a penalty in injury time (45+1’) to extend Germany’s lead. Despite Scotland's efforts, they were further hindered by Porteous’s red card just before the break, leaving them a man down.

In the second half, Germany continued their relentless attack, with Niclas Fullkrug scoring in the 68th minute. Emre Can capped off the scoring with a goal in the 90+3’ minute, ensuring a memorable night for the home fans. Scotland's solitary goal came late in the game, courtesy of an own goal by Antonio Rudiger, which did little to dampen Germany’s celebrations.

The Allianz Arena in Munich provided a fitting backdrop for this historic victory, with the home crowd witnessing their team’s emphatic performance. Germany’s strong start sends a clear message to their rivals in the tournament, positioning them as early favorites.

This victory also sets a new benchmark for host nations, showcasing Germany’s ability to rise to the occasion and deliver under pressure. As the tournament progresses, Germany will look to build on this momentum and continue their quest for European glory. The next matches in Group A, featuring Hungary and Switzerland, will be crucial as Germany aims to secure their place in the knockout stages and pursue the championship title.

Updated: 10:42, 15 Jun 2024

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