Top 5 Biggest Win Margins at European Championships After Germany Beat Scotland 5:1

Top 5 Biggest Win Margins at European Championships After Germany Beat Scotland 5:1

Elijah Odetokun
June 15, 2024 at 12:56 PM
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  • Host nation Germany opened their 2024 European Championship campaign with a 5-1 win over Scotland
  • The hosts raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz's goals
  • The Scots were reduced to 10 men before half-time and got their consolation goal through an own-goal

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Germany started their 2024 UEFA European Championship campaign on a bright note after beating Scotland 5-1 in front of a packed Allianz Arena in Munich.

Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz (from the penalty spot) netted first-half goals before Niclas Fullkrug and Emre Can added the others in the second half, on either side of Antonio Rudiger's own goal.

Toni Kroos, Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, Germany, Scotland, Allianz Arena, Munich, Euro 2024.
Germany players celebrate Jamal Musiala's goal during their 5-1 Euro 2024 win over Scotland at Allianz Arena. Photo by Markus Gillar.
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Sports Brief looks at the highest winning margins in the competition's history.

Highest winning margins in Euro history

France 5-0 Belgium, Euro 1986

According to Sporting News, France recorded the biggest margin in the competition's history when they beat neighbours Belgium 5-0 at Euro 1986. Former UEFA President, Michel Platini, scored a hat-trick. He finished the tournament with nine goals.

Denmark 5-0 Yugoslavia, Euro 1986

Later, on the same day in 1986, Denmark walloped Yugoslavia by the same scoreline. According to, the Danes scored with all their five attempts on target. Frank Arnesen scored twice in the match, one of which was a second-half penalty.

Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia, Euro 2000

The Yugoslavs have a knack for being on the end of heavy beatings. In the quarter-final of the 2000 edition, the Netherlands defeated Yugoslavia 6-1, becoming the first team to score six goals at the European Championship. Patrick Kluivert netted a hat-trick, and Marc Overmars hit a brace.

Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria, Euro 2004

The Swedes recalled Henrik Larsson from retirement, which he announced after the Round of 16 elimination from the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored twice in their 5-0 group stage win over Bulgaria at Euro 2004. Fredrik Ljungberg, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Allbäck all got one each.

Spain 5-0 Slovakia, Euro 2020

Spain needed a win in their final group game of Euro 2020 after drawing the first two games. They didn't in emphatic fashion with a 5-0 victory over Slovakia. Ferran Torres, Aymeric Laporte and Pablo Sarabia got one each, while the Slovaks scored two own goals.

Players who could play their last Euro in 2024

Sports Brief reported on players who could feature at Euros for the last time in 2024 as they may likely have hung their boots from professional football before the next edition.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner and 2016 champion Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the list. He will be 43 at the next tournament in 2028, making it unlikely that he will feature.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.