Soccer-Reaction to Germany's 5-1 win over Scotland in Euro 2024 opener


Soccer Football - Euro 2024 - Group A - Germany v Scotland - Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany - June 14, 2024 Germany's Ilkay Gundogan embraces Jamal Musiala after the match REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Following is reaction from Friday's Euro 2024 opening game in which Germany beat 10-man Scotland 5-1, with goals from Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Niclas Fullkrug and Emre Can for Germany, and an own goal by Antonio Ruediger for the Scots.

Germany striker Fullkrug, speaking to ZDF: "In the beginning we needed a few minutes to get into the game, it was a big game for us. Then we got better and better in possession, we got confidence we did not let up after each goal.

"We kept at it, hungry and greedy, it was a fully deserved win against a team who had a player less."

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann, speaking to ZDF: "In the first 20 minutes we were impressive ... we scored two early goals and overall we were very focused and concentrated."

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, speaking to ZDF: "We played with a lot of intensity, we played in the right spaces, we took some risks and that is why we scored. We played a really good first half and we were up 3-0.

"That is how we wanted to start. I had a good feeling before the game and luckily I was right. The start is what we wanted, but still, the goal we conceded showed that all teams have quality, and if you don't pay attention you will be punished."

Scotland captain Andy Robertson, speaking to ITV: "First half, we just got it all wrong really, didn't show up, weren't aggressive enough, and we let good players get on the ball. Second half, we're down to 10 men and I thought lads dug in really well.

"We're so well backed over here, today was hugely disappointing. We have to bounce back quickly, because there was lots wrong here and it’s a quick turnaround now. Maybe it's a reminder of how tough this tournament is."

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)

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