Germany could not have started the 2024 European Championship on a better note as it thrashed an outnumbered Scotland 5-1 in the opening match, in Munich on Friday.

Iran PressEurope: The German front-line did the damage, with Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala setting the tone within 20 minutes, before Kai Havertz added a third from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, as Ryan Porteous was sent off to make a difficult Scottish task an impossible one.

The Arsenal strike was withdrawn just after the hour mark by Niclas Fullkrug, who wasted little time in lashing a strike into the top corner for Germany’s fourth. Scotland barely made it out of their own half, but did lift the spirits of their travelling fans late on, when Antonio Rudiger turned into his own net from a Scott McKenna header, only for Emre Can to add a fifth for Germany with the final kick of the match.

Germany play Hungary next in Group A, while Scotland must regroup to take on Switzerland.Euro 2024 is the first major tournament held in Germany since they hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup.Twenty-four nations will take part and are competing in six groups of four teams each.Ten venues throughout Germany will host games during the monthlong tournament.


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