Germany hammer Scotland after Ryan Porteous is shipped off for horror sort out – dwell response | EUROtoday

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Good afternoon and welcome to dwell protection of the Euro 2024 opener between the hosts Germany and Scotland from Munich. The European Championship has not been sort to host nations – solely France in 1984 in an epic match gained on dwelling soil – however solely in 2008, when each Austria and Switzerland misplaced their first video games, have the hosts been crushed for the reason that competitors mushroomed in 1980.

Germany come into the match unbeaten in 2024, having crushed France in March to start out their run when Julian Nagelsmann welcomed Toni Kroos again and the group all of a sudden started to click on with Ilkay Gundogan taking part in additional ahead and Kai Havertz coming of age within the false 9 function. Scotland, against this, misplaced their March friendlies with Northern Ireland and Netherlands earlier than beating Gibraltar and drawing with Finland this month. Having misplaced two and drawn considered one of their three earlier Euro opening matches, they begin this one very a lot as underdogs. But even when they need to lose at present, Steve Clarke is assured the method can nonetheless yield a primary ever qualification for the knockout phases of a continental and international match.

“The enormity of the opener is a bit of a sideshow and hopefully we don’t get too involved in that, “ he said. “It’s a difficult game. One of the mantras I’ve always had is respect everyone and fear no one. We have respect for the host nation, we know they’re a good team but hopefully we can show everyone we’re a good team as well.

“I can enjoy it. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in big matches, the Champions League final for example, it was nice to be involved in the last Euros. I can enjoy it, but I’ll enjoy it even more once we’ve got four points on the board.”

It is the second successive Euros for the Scots beneath Clarke and he stated: “I think we should all be proud that we’re here. It’s been a long time since 1998 when we actually travelled abroad to appear in a tournament like this.”

And he stated that the Tartan Army’s invasion of Bavaria  will “give us a big boost. They’re going to be behind us in every minute of every game and that’s really important for us. We’ve had a little taste of it already at our base in. I’m sure there will be a few around in Munich tonight that we won’t see. We hope they will enjoy themselves and behave themselves.”