Euro 2024: Germany’s Florian Wirtz Scores Tournament’s 1st Goal With Exquisite Strike: Video

Euro 2024: Germany’s Florian Wirtz Scores Tournament’s 1st Goal With Exquisite Strike: Video

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at June 14, 2024 at 7:23 PM
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  • Florian Wirtz had the enviable honour of scoring the maiden goal at the 2024 Euros, scoring against Scotland
  • The 21-year-old Germany international also managed to etch his name in the history books with his strike
  • Two further goals from Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz gave Germany a healthy 3-0 lead at halftime

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Bayer Leverkusen forward Florian Wirtz scored the opening goal of the 2024 UEFA European Championship on Friday, June 14.

Wirtz, who had an outstanding 2023-24 campaign with Leverkusen, broke the deadlock in the tournament's curtain-raiser between Germany and Scotland.

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Florian Wirtz wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring at Euro 2024. Photo by Shaun Botterill.
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Wirtz scores Euro 2024 opening goal

The 21-year-old found the back of the net with a first-time shot from close range, converting Joshua Kimmich's assist in the 10th minute, much to the cheer of the fans gathered at the Allianz Arena.

According to Squawka, Wirtz's strike against the Tartan Army makes him the youngest German to score for Germany at the European Championship at 21 years and 42 days.

The Leverkusen attacker's goal brought his season total to 20 goals and 22 assists for club and country, setting the tone for Julian Nagelsmann's side's complete dominance in the opening exchanges.

Under the tutelage of Xabi Alonso, Florian helped Bayer Leverkusen win their first-ever Bundesliga title, displacing Bayern Munich as the best club in Germany for the first time since 2012, per Spanish publication AS.

To cap off a stellar campaign, Wirtz was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season.

What happened after Wirtz's opener?

Ten minutes later, Germany's other wonderkid, Jamal Musiala, joined the scoresheet with a powerful shot into the roof of the net, stretching the lead for Die Mannschaft.

Kai Havertz then completed the first-half drubbing by scoring from the penalty spot to give the three-time European champions a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Wirtz among youngsters tipped to shine at Euro 2024

In an earlier report, Sports Brief highlighted the top 13 youngsters poised to make an impact at Euro 2024, with Florian Wirtz prominently featured.

While international tournaments often spotlight emerging stars, this year's crop of U23 players already shine brightly for their respective clubs.

Wirtz's remarkable comeback from a serious ACL injury in 2023 has been nothing short of extraordinary.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.