Musiala turns in A+ game as Germany beats Hungary

Is Jamal Musiala the best young prodigy in the history of soccer? Even if he isn’t, he certainly has looked the part in Germany’s two Euros games. He’s scored two goals and added an assist in just two appearances, both of which Germany has won.

One was a rocket of a ball blasted in the top left corner through a Kai Havertz-powered cutback against Scotland. The other was a precise finishing touch after İlkay Gündoğan stabbed a pass towards Musiala, with an open goal to score against Hungary.

He’s made the country of Germany his captive audience as he makes art from his opponents — exploding past defenders with his strength and powerful stride while delicately evading more with his pinpoint touch and technical prowess. The pitch is his canvas, the ball his paintbrush, and the product of which figures to be a generational performance at the Euros. Musiala is a man among men, and his presence on the pitch is undeniable. We are watching history.

Germany advances to knockout rounds

The near-complete performance of Musiala luckily coincided with Germany’s push to claim their first Euros title since 1996 — around seven years before Musiala was born. They just came off a dominant display of soccer after manhandling a poor Scotland side 5-1. A win in Stuttgart would bring them through to the knockout stage and cement their status as early Euros contenders.

They faced a Dominik Szoboszlai-led Hungary that needed a positive result to stay in contention to advance to the knockout round. A loss to Germany, however likely, would all but eliminate them from the Euros.

“We’ve paid for these (mistakes) in the first game and tomorrow we are playing Germany which, in my opinion, is the toughest rival, toughest team to play now, but we will do our best,” Hungary manager Marco Rossi brooded ahead of the game. “We know on paper the German team is better than us. This should further motivate us, allowing us to give our very best show….


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Author : Deolu Akingbade

Publish date : 2024-06-19 23:32:56

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