Portugal 2-Four Germany: Defending champion scores two personal targets in a superb defeat


Germany benefited from two own goals when they scored a massive 4-2 win over Portugal in Euro 2020 Group F on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given defending champions Portugal an early lead with a goal that drew him level with Miroslav Klose as European champion with the most combined goals (19) in the World and European Championships.

Joachim Löw's team stormed back before the break, thanks to two own goals within four minutes by Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro.

The 2014 World Champion celebrated an emphatic first win of the tournament in the second half thanks to goals from Kai Havertz and the impressive Robin Gosens, with Diogo Jota withdrawing one for Fernando Santos' men.

– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) June 19, 2021

Left-back Gosens thought he had put Germany ahead in the fifth minute but his acrobatic attempt at the back post was offside against Serge Gnabry.

Despite Germany's dominant start, it was Portugal that scored first. Ronaldo scored in the 15th minute after a flowing counterattack between Bernardo Silva and Jota from close range.

Germany, however, equalized 10 minutes before the break when Dias steered Gosens's missed shot past Rui Patricio just outside the six-yard area.

Things got even better for Joachim Löw's team four minutes later when Guerreiro turned into their own net from close range after Joshua Kimmich had pulled the ball back over the goal.

Six minutes after the break they extended their lead, Havertz turned Gosens' cross from close range.

After an hour, Gosens added his name to the scoresheet and jumped the highest on the back post to head Kimmich's flank home from the right.

Liverpool striker Jota gave Portugal hope for a memorable comeback when he shot home in the 67th minute after Ronaldo's withdrawal, but Germany have only suffered a third defeat in their last 31 games for Portugal. who hit the post late thanks to Renato Sanches.

What does that mean? Low side up and running

Few could have predicted the end result when Ronaldo gave Portugal an early lead, but a fragile defense gave Germany their first win of the tournament and moved up to second in Group F, one point behind leaders France.

Portugal, which conceded four goals in a European Championship game for the first time, have the same number of points as Germany, but are third due to the smaller goal difference.

– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2021

Gosens shines for the team

Gosens, who had a breathtaking 2020-21 season for Atalanta in Serie A, was at his best at the Allianz Arena. He wiped off disappointment over an early unauthorized attempt to serve Havertz for Germany's third game – one of two key passes – before adding a fourth with one of his three shots on goal.

Fernandes far away

Bruno Fernandes' brilliant form for Manchester United over the past 18 months was nowhere to be seen in Munich. The 26-year-old didn't have a single shot and only one key pass before being dropped off for Joao Moutinho just after an hour.

What's next?

Both teams finish their group games on Wednesday, Portugal face France in Budapest and Germany face Hungary in Munich.


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