Ilkai Gündogan brilliantly recovers from a horrifying tackle by Porteous

Ilkai Gündogan emerged as one of Germany’s standout players in the Euro 2024 opener against host team Scotland (5-1). The FC Barcelona player, playing as a second striker in the attacking ventures of the team led by Julian Nagelsmann, was actively involved in the offensive play.

During one of his forays into Scotland’s penalty area, Gündogan was subjected to a powerful kick by Ryan Porteous that nearly broke his leg. The collision caused a fright in the 44th minute, as he was stretchered off following a terrifying tackle by the opposing defender. Initially, concerns were raised for the leg of Barcelona player Ilkai Gündogan, but in the end, he recovered and continued to play without any consequences.

The incident concluded with Porteous being sent off and a penalty awarded to Germany, successfully executed by Kai Havertz, extending the lead to 3-0 in the 45+1 minute. Earlier, Florian Wirtz (10th minute) and Jamal Musiala (19th minute) had scored.

The fact that Gündogan was able to continue playing normally was evidenced by the substitutions that Nagelsmann made: Gross replaced Andrich after the break, Füllkrug came on for Havertz and Sané replaced Wirtz in the 63rd minute. In the 74th minute, Müller came on for Musiala and, in the 81st minute, Can replaced Kroos.

Germany will play their second group stage match on June 19 against Hungary in Stuttgart and will conclude the group stage on June 23 against Switzerland in Frankfurt.

⚽️ 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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