Germany-Scotland 5-1, the report cards: Musiala MVP, but Wirtz isn’t joking. An appeal to Kroos

Final result: Germany-Scotland 5-1

GERMANY
Neuer 6 – Scotland last too little, so he spends three quarters of the match leaning against the post, enjoying the spectacle put on by his teammates on the pitch.

Kimmich 6.5 – An assist from a full-back who thinks like a midfielder, or as a midfielder loaned to the defense, you name it. On paper he plays as a defensive midfielder, at least for tonight, but in reality you can find him across the pitch.

Rudiger 6 – We will remember the own goal, in which there was a lot of bad luck, but first he held up well, without any problems, never giving the feeling of being in trouble in the (few) offensive sorties of the Scots.

Tah 6 – Scotland’s attacking game lasted too little, in reality, for a complete judgement. But in the rare moments of intensity of the opponents he does nothing wrong.

Mittelstadt 6.5 – He had never played for the national team until March, now he gives the feeling of being able to become an immovable for Nagelsmann because he combines good offensive qualities with an excellent defensive phase.

Andrich 6 – Nagelsmann chooses him because he has to bite the ankles, to make quantity while having good quality. He does it, gets a yellow card and doesn’t return to the pitch at half-time. From 46′ Groos 6 – He runs a lot, he varies on the whole front. Half an hour of interdiction and construction.

Kroos 7 – We launch an appeal to Mr. Toni Kroos, with the hope that he will accept it: think again, Herr Toni, please. Passes, recoveries, touches in tight spaces, 100% passes completed: no, all this football can’t end. Don’t retreat. From the 80th minute Emre Can 6.5 – He takes away the urge to score at the very last second for the final 5-1: what does it mean to enter with the right head? Here’s an example.

Musiala 8 – If he leaves, you don’t take him. Never. But really never. The goal is just one of the many things he gives to Germany. The playmaker, the elusive one, the one who makes fun of everyone with his plays. The brightest star of the first evening of the European Championship.

Gundogan 6.5 – He has a series of terrible kids around him, but perhaps the most terrible of all is still him. Today the work is a little darker, but it runs faster than all of them. And you can always find him in the opponent’s penalty area. Good thing these legs are still holding up (message to Porteous).

Wirtz 7.5 – The first goal of Euro 2024, of the European Championship being played at his home, but at the home of Bayern Munich, was scored by the Bayer Leverkusen star who stole the title from the Bavarians. There’s a little bit of magic, like in his feet.

Havertz 7 – Two shots, both on target. A goal, from a penalty, with great coolness. An assist. Every duel won, four out of four. The ‘9’ is false, of modern interpretation. The numbers are very true. These are enough, this is enough: 7. From 63′ Fullkrug 7 – It takes him five minutes to leave his stamp. He also scores a double, but it is disallowed. He doesn’t change much: he confirms that he is a top level striker.

Julian Nagelsmann 7.5 – To understand the type of football he has in mind, someone like him, just look at the action of the first goal: two plus one to build, all the other seven in the last third of the pitch, with perfect occupation of the spaces. An aggressive, intense football. Beautiful. If Germany has absorbed him as he made it seem tonight, there’s trouble for everyone else.

SCOTLAND
Gunn 5.5 – Not flawless on Wirtz’s shot from the edge of the box in the 10th minute, he is blameless on the four subsequent goals by Musiala, Havertz, Fullkrug and Can.

Ralston 4.5 – In obvious and constant difficulty in his own lane, he is forced to limit himself to the defensive phase but the evening is to be forgotten.

Porteous 4 – His European Championship could not have started in a worse way: many defensive errors, then the expulsion in the 44th minute after a killer challenge on Gundogan in the penalty area.

Hendry 4.5 – On the night in Munich, there are pains for all the Scottish central defenders: even the match of the class of ’95 for Al-Ettifaq turns out to be full of inaccuracies, absolutely not to be committed against a battleship like the German one.

Tierney 4.5 – The same opinion expressed for Tierney applies. Against Switzerland, on the second day, a redemption will be mandatory. From 77′ McKenna sv

Robertson 4.5 – Bad evening for one of the leaders of Clarke’s team. The experienced Liverpool defender gave too much space to Kimmich in the 1-0 lead and, after this mistake, he was no longer able to raise his head.

McTominay 4.5 – A distant relative of the McTominay admired during the EURO 2024 qualifiers. Never in a match, the ninety minutes against Germany represent perhaps the lowest point of the United player’s season.

Christie 5 – There is nothing to save in Scotland’s debut in the continental review: the 29-year-old from Bournemouth never has the opportunity to show off. From 82′ Shankland sv

McGregor 4.5 – He never sees it in midfield: the opponents do what they want, dominating far and wide in his area. From 67′ Gilmour 5.5 – One of the greats excluded from the starting eleven, he was sent onto the field with the match now largely closed in favor of Germany.

McGinn 5 – On the pitch for just over an hour, he doesn’t have any playable ball: he does what he can when not in possession, but this is certainly not the most suitable situation for his characteristics. From 67′ McLean 5.5 – A few moments after his entry, Germany drops the poker with Fullkrug: for this reason, the final segment he played is not very indicative.

Adams 4.5 – Who has seen? Deployed from the first minute in the offensive department in place of Shankland, he failed on his debut, ending up touching only a handful of balls and at a sidereal distance from Neuer’s goal. From 46′ Hanley 5.5 – Clarke removes an attacker to insert the Norwich defender, who however does very little in the second half.

Steve Clarke 4.5 – A horror debut at EURO 2024 for Scotland, still looking for their first victory in the final phase of the continental tournament since 1996. Totally at the mercy of Germany, the British never entered the match: Musiala’s double sealed the score after 19 minutes ‘, while Porteous’ expulsion kicks off the goleada of Nagelsmann’s men.