Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can on target as Germany begin Euro 2024 with 5-1 hammering of Scotland

Niclas Füllkrug
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Germany got their Euro 2024 campaign off to a dream start with goals from Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can helping them breeze to a 5-1 win over Scotland.

Euro 2024 kicked off on Friday evening, with hosts Germany laying down a marker by claiming an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland. Julian Nagelsmann’s side hardly broke a sweat over the 90 minutes, and showed the world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Florian Wirtz got the scoring underway inside ten minutes with a fine first-time finish from the edge of the box. Jamal Musiala then added a second just nine minutes later, finding the roof of the net after some good play from Kai Havertz.

İlkay Gündoğan then won Germany a penalty in the 41st minute, with Scotland’s Ryan Porteous sent off for his challenge. Arsenal’s Havertz stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Borussia Dortmund duo Niclas Füllkrug and Emre Can came on in the second-half and added some gloss to the score-line for Germany. Füllkrug needed only five minutes to make an impact, firing the ball into the top corner. The 31 year old thought he had scored again eight minutes later, but that goal was ruled out for offside.

An own goal from Antonio Rüdiger then gave Scotland some consolation, before Can restored Germany’s four-goal lead by finding the bottom corner with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

It was a ruthless performance from Germany, who could not have asked for a better start to their Euro 2024 campaign on home soil. Next up for them is a clash against Hungary in Stuttgart on June 19.