Euro 2024: Antonio Rudiger Displeased at Kai Havertz for Error During Germany’s Win Over Serbia

Euro 2024: Antonio Rudiger Displeased at Kai Havertz for Error During Germany’s Win Over Serbia

Elijah Odetokun
June 20, 2024 at 8:05 AM
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  • Host nation, Germany, became the first team to book their place in the knockouts of the 2024 European Championship
  • Germany brushed aside Hungary 2-0 in their second Group A game thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Jamal Musiala
  • Real Madrid defender, Antonio Rudiger, had a moment of anger for Arsenal's Kai Havertz for a near-costly first-half error

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Germany booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2024 European Championship after a 2-0 win over Hungary, but two of their players appeared to be unimpressed.

The host country opened their campaign with a 5-1 thrashing of Scotland in their first match and followed it up with another win that booked their place in the next round.

Ilkay Gundogan, Antonio Rudiger, Hungary, Euro 2024, Stuttgart Arena, Germany.
Antonio Rudiger celebrates after Ilkay Gundogan scored Germany's second goal in their 2-0 Euro 2024 win over Hungary at the Stuttgart Arena on June 19, 2024. Photo by Federico Gambarini.
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Bayern Munich star, Jamal Musiala, put the Germans ahead in the first half before former Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, doubled the advantage in the second 45.

Veteran goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, was called into action to prevent an equaliser three times, including two in the first half when Hungary were threatening the host’s defence.

Rudiger angry over Havertz’s mistake

Kai Havertz had a quiet game in attack and was hauled off by Julian Nagelsmann in the 58th minute and replaced by Niclas Fullkrug, but it was one of his defensive actions that angered Antonio Rudiger.

According to Mirror UK, the Arsenal star committed too deep for a header while defending a free kick and lost the header, forcing Neuer into a brilliant save.

As noted by Daily Star, Rudiger was not impressed by his former Chelsea teammate’s action and pulled over a member of the coaching staff for some words at half-time.

Fans on social media have been calling on head coach, Nagelsmann, to drop the Premier League star and opt for Borussia Dortmund striker, Fullkrug, to lead the line.

Havertz’s reaction after Germany beat Scotland

Sports Brief also previously reported on Havertz’s reaction to Germany's win over Scotland in the opening match of Euro 2024, which ended in a 5-1 drubbing of the Scots.

The 24-year-old scored from the spot to make it 3-0 in the first half and could not hide his delight, sending a message to fans on social media after the opening performance.

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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.