Foot Europe Scotland showed Germany much respect in heavy opening defeat – Nagelsmann

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann believes Scotland showed his side respect during the 5-1 opening victory of Euro 2024 at Allianz Arena in Munich on Friday night.

Florian Wirtz struck the opening goal 10 minutes in and Jamal Musiala soon doubled Germany’s lead with an emphatic finish.A greatly awaited night for Scotland went from bad to worse before half-time when Ryan Porteous was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Ilkay Gundogan, with Kai Havertz tucking away the resulting penalty.

Niclas Fuellkrug powered in a fourth midway through the second half after coming on as a substitute and not even a late own goal from Antonio Ruediger could spoil an otherwise perfect start to the campaign for Germany. There was even time for Emre Can to add a fifth goal with the final kick of the game.

“I’d have accepted that [result] if someone had offered it to me before the game. The first 20 minutes were very good,” Nagelsmann said after the game.

“Scotland showed us respect and probably showed us even more after we scored our first two goals. The first goal in particular was very well played. It wasn’t easy to score because there were a lot of Scottish bodies in the way. The important thing is that we scored a lot of goals.”

Jamal Musiala, who was voted Player of the Match said: “We definitely felt some pressure before the game, but this is such a good feeling. The own goal at the end hurts a little bit; otherwise it was the perfect game.”

Germany midfielder İlkay Gundogan said: “We played with a high intensity from the start and had an incredibly good first half. It was just the start we needed. I had a good feeling before the game too, and thankfully that feeling was right. The goal we conceded was a good warning for us not to take our foot off the gas.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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