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Portugal 2-4 Germany: Joachim Low’s side look like Euro 2020 contenders

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Germany took a huge step towards qualifying for the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a 4-2 win over Portugal in Munich. The hosts were up against it after losing their first match to France and then going 1-0 down to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal. It was his first goal against Germany in his career.

The game flipped on its head in four minutes thanks to two own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro in the 35th and 39th minute respectively. This was the first time in the history of major tournaments where two own goals were scored. Kai Havertz then became the youngest German scorer at a major tournament tapping in from close range. Robin Gosens stole a march at the far post to put the hosts three goals ahead before Diogo Jota scored a consolidation goal.

Player ratings

Portugal: Patricio (5), Semedo (5), Dias (4), Pepe (5), Guerreiro (4), Carvalho (5), Danilo (5), Bernardo Silva (6), Fernandes (6), Jota (7), Ronaldo (7).
Subs used: Sanches (7), Moutinho (6), Rafa (5), Andre Silva (N/A)

Germany: Neuer (6), Ginter (6), Hummels (7), Rudiger (6), Kimmich (8), Gundogan (5), Kroos (7), Gosens (9), Havertz (8), Muller (8), Gnabry (8).
Subs used: Halstenberg (6), Sule (6), Can (6), Goretzka (7), Sane (N/A)

Man of the match: Robin Gosens (Germany)

Managers Reaction

Germany manager, Joachim Low: “We have spoken about a few things over the past few days.” Low said after Germany beat Portugal. “We were still looking for balance after the France match and knew that we had to add gear to create more chances. We fought brilliantly and showed great spirit. We had a lot of good attacks against really strong opponents.”

Portugal manager, Fernando Santos: “We started well, with good organization, looking to attack, getting some connections. We made good use of a counter-attack move, which was one of an aspect we knew they would struggle with. Germany was better but we had a foothold in the game.”

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