Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder İlkay Gündoğan on target as Germany secure Euro 2024 round of 16 spot

İlkay Gündoğan
İlkay Gündoğan / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Germany are through to the Euro 2024 round of 16 after goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan helped them claim a 2-0 win over Hungary on Wednesday.

It may not have been as dominant of a performance as we saw last Friday, but Germany showed their resolve as they managed to see off the challenge of Hungary. The win helped Julian Nagelsmann’s side book their place in the Euro 2024 round of 16, with goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan either side of half-time ensuring their progress.

Nagelsmann did not make any changes to the Germany side that brushed aside Scotland on matchday one, which meant that Borussia Dortmund trio Niclas Füllkrug, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Emre Can had to settle for a spot on the bench.

Germany had to deal with a few early scares, with Manuel Neuer having to be at his best to deny Roland Sallai. Musiala then opened the scoring mid-way through the first-half, getting on the end of Gündoğan’s cut-back before firing the ball home. Dominik Szoboszlai then forced Neuer into action again, before Sallai had a goal ruled out for offside.

The second-half followed a similar pattern, with both teams coming close to scoring before Gündoğan secured the three points for Germany after being picked out by Maximilian Mittelstädt’s low cross.

Switzerland’s 1-1 draw against Scotland on Wednesday evening means that Germany are well placed to finish top in Group A. Gregor Kobel was an unused substitute as Xherdan Shaqiri canceled out Scott McTominay’s early opener on Wednesday evening.

A draw against Switzerland on matchday three would be enough for Germany to make sure of top spot in Group A.