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2024-06-15 10:18:42

Nagelsmann gambles pay off as Germany shine in Euro 2024 opener

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Nagelsmann gambles pay off as Germany shine in Euro 2024 opener

Germany's dominant 5-1 win over Scotland in Friday's Euro 2024 opener has home fans dreaming again and is a vindication of coach Julian Nagelsmann's efforts, reports Daily Sun.

In the job for less than a year, the performance showed how Nagelsmann has struck the perfect balance for a team which has struggled on the big stage since winning the 2014 World Cup.

Nowhere was this more evident than in Germany's two opening goals, which had elements of Germany's past, present and future.

Germany's first was created by a long Toni Kroos pass, collected by Joshua Kimmich who laid the ball on for Florian Wirtz to sidefoot a shot home.

For the second, captain Ilkay Gundogan cut a delicate ball through the Scottish defence to Kai Havertz and the Arsenal man held up the ball and found Jamal Musiala, who unleashed a rocket into the top of the net.

Germany will face greater challenges than a Scottish side whose only win in their past 10 games came against Gibraltar -- and who were reduced to 10 men late in the first half -- but the nature of Friday's victory will have fans optimistic of a deep run on home soil.

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