world : Scotland fans endure humbling Euro opener against Germany

world : Scotland fans endure humbling Euro opener against Germany
world : Scotland fans endure humbling Euro  opener against Germany

Friday 14 June 2024 11:30 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Substitute Niclas Füllkrug made it 4-0 in the second half before a late own goal by Antonio Rüdiger gave the Scotland fans something to cheer about.

But in injury time Emre Can added a fifth to cap the biggest win in the opening match in the 66-year history of the tournament.

Anticipation for Scotland's first international tournament on foreign soil since the 1998 World Cup in France saw fans gather across the country in pubs and fanzones.

And an estimated 200,000 made the pilgrimage to Germany to cheer on Steve Clarke's men.

Despite taking on the tournament hosts, many fans were in upbeat mood ahead of the game and bar staff were braced for a bumper night.

Jennifer Morrison, the event manager at Glasgow's Merchant Square said preparations for the game underway "for months", with hundreds coming through the doors.

Many forecast a good result and one even said it felt "like Christmas Eve" in the build-up.

More than 1,200 fans gathered at Platform in Glasgow city centre, wearing Scotland tops from across the years and waving Saltires.

But the good mood swiftly faded and by half-time many were simply hoping it did not get any worse.

David Hunter, from Hamilton, told BBC Scotland News: "I’m feeling very deflated.

"We always said it was a tough ask to go to Munich and get a result in the first game.

"It’s damage limitation at the moment."

Ally McGinnigal, 37, from Dennistoun, was already looking ahead to Scotland's remaining fixtures against Switzerland and Hungary.

He said: “There’s still two games to go. Stranger things have happened.

"As a Scotland fan I know by now to expect minimal and then if something good happens it’s a bonus."

That sense of gloom sank in across the country at the fan zones that had been set up in hope of a party.

At Cumbernauld's Broadwood stadium the half-time soundtrack of Deacon Blue's Dignity failed to raise spirits.

And at Riverside Park in Dundee supporters endured foul weather ahead of kick-off.

At Dunfermline's East End Park there were three generations of one family in attendance with Peter Nellis joined by his daughter Maria and grandchildren Mason, Megan and Caitlyn.

Megan told BBC Scotland News: "It's good for people like me, because I'm not allowed in pubs because of my age, so it's good to be in places like this where we can get a nice atmosphere for the games."

Scotland are back in action at 20:00 on Wednesday against Switzerland in Cologne before taking on Hungary in the final group match on 23 June.

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