Germany’s Victory Over Scotland Shows Why They’re Euro 2016 Favourites
Despite a spirited performance from Scotland, Germany managed to hold on and win their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match 2 – 1.
Ikechi Anya scored in the 66th minute to equalise Thomas Müller’s first half goal, and at that point Scotland looked to be the dominant team. Germany looked shaky in defence and weak in central midfield. However, Müller scored a second goal to ensure that Germany took the points, and in doing so proved why the team are favourites to win the competition.
Afterwards Germany boss Joachim Löw said that the team “reacted well” to Scotland’s goal, but he believes that a lot of players on his team need to “integrate themselves”.
Scotland was clearly disappointed, but can also take pride in their performance. Manager Gordon Strachan said, “At 1 – 1 I genuinely believed we could win the game” and described his team as playing with “no fear” in the second half.
By overcoming such a spirited Scottish side, Germany clearly demonstrated why they are the bookies’ favourites to win the competition in 2016. However, there is still a long way to go and many matches to be played.