Euro 2024: Ryan Porteous Sets Unwanted Record After Horrendous Tackle in Germany vs Scotland Tie

Euro 2024: Ryan Porteous Sets Unwanted Record After Horrendous Tackle in Germany vs Scotland Tie

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 14, 2024 at 8:26 PM
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  • Scotland defender Ryan Porteous became the first player to receive a red card at the 2024 European Championship
  • He made a two-footed lunge at Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan in the opening match of the tournament on Friday
  • His send-off culminated in a 4-0 thumping as Die Mannschaft made a flying start to the 17th edition of the Euros

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Ryan Porteous set an unfortunate record in the highly anticipated 2024 European Championship curtain-raiser on Friday, June 14.

The Watford centre-half, who made his debut for Scotland in the quadrennial tournament, was sent off for a reckless tackle during his side's Group A opener against Germany.

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Ryan Porteous lunges into a rash tackle on Ilkay Gundogan during Scotland's opening game against hosts Germany. Photo by Clive Mason.
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What happened?

According to Sportstar, on the stroke of halftime, Ilkay Gundogan was fouled by Porteous in the box, leaving the German midfielder seething in pain and appealing for a penalty.

Initially, referee Clement Turpin did not award a spot-kick, but after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) and reviewing from the monitor, he granted the three-time European champions a penalty and sent off the Scottish defender.

Porteous' unwanted record

Opta Statistics reveals that he is the first player to be sent off on his Euros debut since Aleksandar Dragovic for Austria against Hungary in 2016.

Additionally, Ryan is the first Scotland player to receive a red card in a major tournament (World Cup or Euros) since Craig Burley against Morocco in the 1998 World Cup.

How did the game unfold?

Before Porteous' red card, Julian Nagelsmann's charges had already taken control with well-executed goals from wonderkids Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala.

After the send-off, Kai Havertz added a third just before halftime, and substitute Niclas Fullkrug came off the bench to seal the emphatic victory.

Florian Wirtz scores opening goal at Euro 2024

While Porteous became the first player to see red at Euro 2024, Bayer Leverkusen forward Florian Wirtz scored the tournament's opening goal on Friday night, as reported by Sports Brief.

The 21-year-old netted with a first-time shot from close range, converting Joshua Kimmich's assist in the 10th minute, delighting the fans at the Allianz Arena.

Wirtz's goal against the Tartan Army makes him the youngest German to score at the European Championship at 21 years and 42 days.

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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.