Bayern Munich player watch with Germany at Euro 2024: Jamal Musiala shines in 5-1 rout of Scotland

Jamal Musiala shines for Germany in record-setting 5-1 hammering of hapless Scotland in Euro 2024 opener
Germany v Scotland: Group A - UEFA EURO 2024
Germany v Scotland: Group A - UEFA EURO 2024 / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Germany opened their quest for glory at Euro 2024 with a record-setting performance in the tournament’s opening match on Friday. The Germans decimated the Scots with a whopping scoreline of 5-1. The final score was Germany’s largest ever margin of victory in the history of the tournament, as well as the biggest win by a host nation in its opening game. Let us now take a look at how the Bayern Munich contingent performed in this historic match.

Jamal Musiala

On paper, the Germans lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The attack consisted of Jamal Musiala on the right wing, İlkay Gündoğan as the number ten, just behind striker Kai Havertz, with Florian Wirtz on the left. However, from very early on, the attacking trio of Havertz, Musiala and Wirtz began to frequently interchange positions.

Jamal Musiala wowed viewers for the majority of the time he spent on the pitch. The 21-year-old attacking genius made it 2-0 for the host nation inside of 20 minutes with a rocket of a shot following a neat pass from Havertz.

Musiala gave an overall stellar performance before being replaced in the 74th. minute when the score was 4-0. Not only was he involved throughout the match with 59 touches, he was amazingly perfect with his distribution by finding a teammate with all 32 of his attempted passes. Musiala also did well to win 60% of his ground duels (9/15).

Joshua Kimmich

As expected, Joshua Kimmich was deployed as the right-back by Julian Nagelsmann. He seemed comfortable throughout the encounter. He was seldom tested and with Scotland being reduced to ten men just before the half-time interval, Kimmich spent a lot of time in the second half closer to the opposition’s goal than his own. With 97 touches and a 92% (72/78) pass-completion rate, Kimmich would have enjoyed himself like most of the German contingent.

Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané came off the bench to replace Florian Wirtz just after the hour mark to function mainly as an inverted winger on the right flank. Despite registering two of his three shots on target the 28-year-old winger was Germany’s least impressive forward on the night. Regardless of whether or not Sané is still bothered by injury, his performance warrants concern.

Thomas Müller

It was Thomas Müller who replaced Jamal Musiala in the 74th minute. The veteran forward showed a good account himself in limited time. He was full of running and looked to set up his fellow attackers on more than one occasion, and also set up Emre Can for Germany's fifth goal.

The only thing that Müller could be faulted for during his time on the pitch was being too unselfish. Late on, from inside the penalty box, instead of going for goal himself, the Raumdeuter decided to direct his header towards Kimmich, who was nearer the goal. The passage of play ended with a corner instead of a goal.

Manuel Neuer

Luckily, there were neither any thrills nor spills for Manuel Neuer against the Scots, even though he was denied a clean sheet courtesy of an own-goal from Antonio Rüdiger. Fans of both club and country will be hoping that the sweeper-keeper consumed his full quota of errors in the last warm-up match against the Greeks.