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Florian Wirtz (here after scoring the 1-0 goal) and Co. celebrated a big opening victory. © ANSA / MARTIN DIVISEK

“This Germany is already frightening” – The press comments

The German national football team started the European Championships at home with a convincing victory. This is how the international press reacted to the opening match.

The selection of national coach Julian Nagelsmann won 5-1 (3-0) against Scotland in Munich on Friday evening (click here for the report). The press reviews at a glance.


Scotland

The National: "Germany stormed out of the starting blocks and celebrated the biggest opening victory at a European Championship. The hosts showed their best side in the Allianz Arena and won 5-1 on home soil."

TheHerald: "Germany's prospects of winning EURO 2024 on home soil were not exactly optimistic. It was difficult to understand why this was the case. Their passing, movement and finishing were breathtaking. Scotland were completely outmatched from start to finish."

Italy

Sports Gazette: "This Germany is scary. A spectacle and five goals against a non-existent Scotland. Mamma mia, what a Germany. The home team is playing great at "their" European Championship. A rain of goals on poor Scotland and a great goal show from Nagelsmann's champions."

Corriere dello Sport: "Germany unleashed. They gave Scotland five goals to start the European Championship."

The Republic: "The 2024 European Championship begins with a show from the home team. A dream debut for Nagelsmann's national team, which is already three goals ahead after the first half."

Tuttosport: “Musiala shines, five goals for Germany at the start of the 2024 European Championship. A devastating Germany overruns Scotland.”

Switzerland

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Daily indicator: "Germany reduced the Scots to suffering extras. The hosts could not have started the European Championship better. They took an early 2-0 lead against the Scots and won 5-1. And showed why they must be counted among the tournament favorites."

NZZ: "The Germans dominated the opening game at will. The host made a statement right at the start of the tournament."

Austria

Krone newspaper: “We would like to become European champions, for the fourth time in history, for the first time since 4 – and Germany has now successfully overcome the first of seven hurdles on the way to the title!”

The Standard: “Germany opened the European Championship at home with a show of force. The DFB team did not give Scotland a chance”

Courier: “Goal festival at the start of the European Championship: Germany beats Scotland”

Austria: "German shooters celebrate their first EURO party. The DFB eleven has made a sensational start to the European Championship at home. Julian Nagelsmann's team shot Scotland out of the stadium in Munich with a 5-1 win in the opening match."

England

The Sun: "Shower for Scotland. The Tartan Army is silenced as the rampant hosts pull off a colossal victory to secure a sensational win at Euro 2024."

Daily Mail: “The host punishes sloppy Scots.”

DailyStar: "Euro thrashing. Five-star Germany thrash Scotland in a sobering performance by the Tartan Army."

France

The team: "It is of course still too early to judge whether the German team will experience the summer fairytale that it has been hoping for so much since the 2006 World Cup, the last tournament on home soil, but in any case it has written a first chapter on this Friday evening that looks very much like it."

RMC Sports: "That's what you call a successful start. Germany, which is considered an outsider for overall victory at "its" home European Championship, did not let itself be unsettled in its first match against Scotland on Friday in Munich."

The Parisian: "The DFB team is starting the 2024 European Championship with a steamroller. Against a modest opposition, Julian Nagelsmann's men showed the extent of their offensive power. After 90 minutes that seemed like a concert, the German team enjoyed the game and gained confidence."

Spain

Brand: "Germany, what a machine! In 45 minutes they destroyed Scotland thanks to their attacking spirit and Kroos' leadership. Not even the hosts' usual fear in the opening game could stop the German machine with Toni Kroos and the horsepower of Musiala, Wirtz and Havertz."

Ace: "Two devils on the loose in Munich. Musiala and 21-year-old Wirtz were the heroes of the German team's successful debut at the European Championships. Anyone who thought the hosts were not ready for their European Championship is wrong."

Netherlands

The Telegraph: "Germany convincingly beat Scotland in the opening match of the European Championship. Preparations for the tournament were a bit slow, but the convincing victory will further fuel the European Championship atmosphere and the euphoria about Nagelsmann's team. The second youngest German national coach ever has convincingly breathed new life into the "team" after the Germans had become stuck under his predecessor Hansi Flick."


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