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Ilkay Gündogan reassures fans after a horrifying tackle from Porteous

Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gündogan spoke out after Germany’s 5-1 victory over Scotland in their Euro 2024 opener, addressing a terrifying tackle on his ankle by player Porteous.

In a thrilling Euro 2024 opening match, Germany crushed Scotland 5-1 thanks to goals from Florian Wirtz 10′, Jamal Musiala 19′, Kai Havertz 45+1′, Niclas Füllkrug 68′, and Emre Can 90+3′. In a free-kick situation in the 87th minute, Scotland surprisingly narrowed the gap with an own goal header from Rudiger. The German centre-back was unfortunate as the ball hit him while he was passive. This was one of the rare occasions Manuel Neuer had to work in this match and immediately conceded a goal. However, the scariest moment came from a brutal tackle by Scotland defender, Porteous, causing German captain Ilkay Gündogan to fall to the ground in pain.

Speaking after the Germany vs Scotland match, midfielder Ilkay Gündogan reassured: “My ankle is fine, nothing serious. Just a super strong kick.” Porteous’ “take-down” made the referee promptly issue a red card for dangerous play by booting his studs into Gundogan’s ankle.

Reflecting on the victory over Scotland, the 33-year-old midfielder said he felt great before the match and comfortable on the pitch thanks to the enthusiastic support of the fans. “The fans provided energy for the German national team. We needed that,” added Ilkay Gündogan.

With 3 points in hand, the German tank will confidently enter their second group stage match on June 19 against Hungary in Stuttgart and will finish the group stage on the 23rd with Switzerland in Frankfurt.

A perfect start for coach Julian Nagelsmann and his players in their quest to conquer Europe for the fourth time. Germany started off beautifully. They not only played technically superb matches, but also demonstrated a tenacious fighting spirit, unafraid of difficulties and challenges. Germany not only showed their readiness to face any challenge, but also their ability to overcome all difficulties to reach their ultimate goal – the championship.

This journey is not just a battle on the grass, but a mental battle as well. Each match, each victory, each difficulty and challenge is a step forward on the road to championship conquest. And with a strong fighting spirit, resilience and determination, Germany will surely continue to reap more success on the road ahead.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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