Euro 2020: Germany wins impressive victory against Portugal


It was a well-deserved victory for Germany – who had lost their opener to France earlier this week – and a display of clinical attack, putting Joachim Low’s side on points level with Portugal in the group F.

In the tournament’s most defining game so far, Cristiano Ronaldo gave defending champions Portugal an early lead when he completed a smooth counterattack.

Ronaldo started the movement himself when he directed the ball from a corner kick to launch a Portugal breakthrough through Bernardo Silva.

Silva then lifted the ball to Diogo Jota, who passed Ronaldo for a single finish after sprinting the full length of the pitch. It was the 36-year-old’s 107th international goal, setting him twice off the all-time record held by Iranian Ali Daei.

Ronaldo celebrates his goal with Jota (left) and Silva (right).

However, Germany fought back and led at half-time after Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro each scored their own in the span of four minutes as they struggled to manage dangerous crosses into the box.

Germany increased their lead early in the second half when a well-crafted move allowed Gosens to find room in the Portuguese area. He picked Havertz with a cross and the Chelsea striker tapped from close range.

Gosens then scored an hour-time goal himself when he directed Joshua Kimmich’s perfectly placed cross to the far post, and suddenly Germany opened up a 4-1 lead.

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It went on for seven minutes as Portugal reduced one as Ronaldo repelled a free kick through the goal for Jota to crush him at close range.

Both teams continued to attack in the finals and Portugal almost got a third when Renato Sanches thundered a shot against the post.

But Germany, who had looked confident throughout, won the game to secure a well-deserved victory ahead of their final group stage game against Hungary.

German players celebrate their goal against Portugal.

In the other group game, world champions France were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary.

Attila Fiola’s goal just before half-time gave Hungary an unlikely lead in Budapest, sparking some crazy celebrations in a crowded Puskas Arena.

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But France, who dominated most of the game, equalized after an hour when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s long pass found Kylian Mbappe, whose deflected cross was finished by Antoine Griezmann.

France remain at the top of the group with four points before facing Portugal on Wednesday.

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