This was labeled as probably the toughest matche at Euro 2020, and undoubtedly it became visible, as Germany ‘pounded’ Ronaldo’s Portugal by 4-2.
Two own goals and scores from Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens helped Germany to a persuading 4-2 triumph against Portugal in the sides’ Euro 2020 game in Munich on Saturday June 19.
This game was a truly necessary win for Germany – which had lost its first game against France earlier this week. A clinical attack show, putting Joachim Low’s side level on points with Portugal in Group F.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave the reigning champ Portugal, an early lead when he polished off a streaming attack. Ronaldo began the move himself when he headed the ball clear from a corner to dispatch a Portugal get through to Bernardo Silva.
Silva then, at that point lifted the ball to Diogo Jota, who crossed to Ronaldo for a fine finish the process of having ran the length of the pitch. It was Ronaldo’s 107th international goal, moving him two behind the record-breaking record held by Iran’s Ali Daei.
The game got warmed up, but Germany hit back and went up by halftime after Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro each scored own goals over the course of about four minutes as they battled to manage dangerous crosses into the box.
Germany increased its lead toward the beginning of the second half when an all around worked move saw Gosens discover space in the Portugal box. He found Havertz with a cross and the Chelsea forward tapped in from short proximity.
Gosens then got a goal himself on the hour mark when he headed in Joshua Kimmich’s consummately positioned cross at the back post, and out of nowhere Germany had opened up an commanding 4-1 lead.
It kept going seven minutes as Portugal pulled one back when Ronaldo thumped a free kick back across goal for Jota to crush in from short range.
The two sides kept on attacking in the end stages and Portugal nearly got a third when Renato Sanches roared a shot against the post.
However, Germany, which had looked guaranteed all through, saw out the game to finish a merited triumph in front of its last group stage game against Hungary.
In the group’s other game, world champion France was held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary.