Euro 2024: What Scotland need to qualify after 'reverse England' disaster vs Germany

Scotland's Anthony Ralston looks dejected as Germany's players celebrate a goal in the opening game of Euro 2024 in Munich, Germany.
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Well, it's fair to say that Scotland couldn't have made a much worse start to Euro 2024, going down 5-1 to Germany in the tournament opener in Munich.

Steve Clarke's side were utterly outclassed by the hosts, not helped by an element of implosion on their part as Ryan Porteous was a shown a straight red card for a horrific tackle on German captain Ilkay Gundogan. Antonio Rudiger's late own goal gave the hordes of Scottish fans – who had been in such high spirits in the lead-up to this game – something to cheer about, but it was a night of near total misery for the Tartan Army.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...