Germany vs Scotland, Italy draw with Spain in the first match of Euro 2024

Germany vs Scotland, Italy draw with Spain in the first match of Euro 2024

Germany vs Scotland

Germany vs Scotland,Germany will also play Hungary, who remained unbeaten in the qualifying campaign, and Switzerland in Group A.

The trophy is photographed after the final draw for the UEFA Euro 2024 European Championship football competition in Hamburg (AFP)

Hosts Germany face Scotland in the opening match of Euro 2024 in Munich after Saturday’s draw and defending champions Italy will be in the same group as Spain.

The three-time winners the Germans begin the month-long tournament in Munich on June 14, with the final taking place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on July 14.

Germany will also play Hungary, who remained unbeaten in the qualifying campaign, and Switzerland in Group A.

Julian Nagelsmann, manager of Germany, remarked, “We are looking forward to it. This is not a group of death but a very strong group.”

The hosts appointed Nagelsmann as manager in September after parting ways with Hansi Flick following a 4–1 defeat at home to Japan, their fourth defeat in five matches.

They defeated France under Rudi Voeller, but lost against Turkey and Austria after Nagelsmann started with a win over the United States.

National team director Voeller said, “I am optimistic that if we do some things in the coming months we will play well at the Euros. There is a special kind of pressure even in the first game.”

“We still have some problems but I’m confident that Julian Nagelsmann will do it,” Voeller said.

Italy, included in Group B along with Spain, Croatia and Albania, is facing a tough challenge to defend its title.

While they lost 4-0 to the Spanish in the 2012 final, Italy overcame them on penalties in the semi-finals to win Euro 2020.

“Yes, it could have been better,” said Italy manager Luciano Spalletti.

“Being in the fourth pot makes you realize there are teams ahead of you but we should not be distracted by the fact that we are Italy.

“Albania proved they could stay on the pitch against a tough group. Croatia is strong and experienced. Spain? Anyone who loves this game must play it, a taste of challenge and comparison.” Spalletti added.

Soccer Football – UEFA Euro 2024 Final Draw – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany – December 2, 2023 General view of the groups during the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

spain vs croatia

Spain’s first match before facing Italy is against Croatia.

Spain manager Luis de la Fuente remarked, “If it’s not the toughest group, it’s one of the toughest groups.”

“Croatia often advances to the championship game, Italy is the current European champion, and both teams are legendary even when they are not performing at their peak.

And don’t forget Albania, who top their group.”

France and the Netherlands will meet again after coming through qualifying in the same group, joining Austria and the winners of Playoff A in Group D.

France, who won both games against the Dutch on their way to top the qualifying group, open their Euro 2024 campaign against Austria in Düsseldorf.

“The Pot 3 team we face is the Netherlands… We have won both our games against them but it makes our group tough. We also faced Austria during the latest Nations League campaign and it is not easy No. It’s a dense and tough group,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.

The runners-up at Euro 2020 are in Group C along with England, Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia. England, who needed extra time to beat Denmark in the 2020 semi-finals, will open the tournament against Serbia.

Gareth Southgate, England manager, stated, “You look at Serbia with a center forward like Aleksandar Mitrovic and then you have to be careful not to assume anything when you look at these draws, that’s for sure.”

“Although it can be seen on paper, games are not played on paper. There are some teams you are happy to avoid in Pot 3 and Pot 4 but the teams we play are all more capable.”

In Group E, Belgium will face Romania, Slovakia and the winners of Playoff B, Israel, Bosnia, Ukraine or Iceland.

Portugal are in Group F with Turkey, the Czech Republic and the Playoff C winners, one of Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan or Luxembourg, which finished third in Portugal’s qualifying group.

The top two third-place finishers in each of the six Euro 2024 groups advance to the round of 16 along with the four best finishers.

The draw was held at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, one of the tournament’s 10 host cities.

Below is the complete roster of teams selected for Euro 2024:

Group A: Germany (hosts), Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England

Group D: Play-off winners A (Poland/Wales/Finland/Estonia), Netherlands, Austria, France

Group E: Israel/Bosnia/Ukraine/Iceland; play-off winner B; Belgium; Slovakia; Romania;

Group F: Turkey, play-off winners C (Georgia/Greece/Kazakhstan/Luxembourg), Portugal, Czech Republic

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