Germany defeated Portugal 4-2 in Munich to open their Euro 2020 campaign with their first victory.
Both teams had had contrasting starts to their Euro 2020 campaigns. On matchday one, Portugal defeated Hungary, while Germany lost to France at home.
Portugal was looking for their second win to advance to the knockout phase of the competition on Saturday, while Germany was looking to get off to a good start at Euro 2020. Die Mannschaft, on the other hand, got off to a strong start. They controlled Portugal, moving the ball with purpose and threateningly attacking down the flanks.
When Robin Gosens finished superbly, Germany thought they had opened the scoring, but VAR ruled the goal offside. Against the odds, Portugal scored the first goal of the game. In Munich, Cristiano Ronaldo completed a superb counter-attacking move to put the reigning champions ahead.
Despite this, Germany continued to dominate the game, and Ruben Dias equalized in the 35th minute, scoring past his own goalie. After a few minutes, Germany took the lead thanks to another own goal. Raphael Guerreiro put the ball into his own goal this time, giving Germany a well-deserved half-time lead.
Thanks to the arrival of Renato Sanches in midfield, Portugal began the second half with more purpose. In the 51st minute, though, Germany increased their advantage with a clinical finish from Kai Havertz. Germany kept pressing forward and added to their tally when Robin Gosens headed the ball past Rui Patrcio for his fourth goal of the game.
Diogo Jota scored off a Cristiano Ronaldo assist to cut Portugal’s deficit. In the final moments, both teams hit the woodwork. Renato Sanchez hit the post with a blinder, while Leon Goretzka brushed the crossbar with a volley. Germany, on the other hand, held on for their first win at Euro 2020, leapfrogging the reigning champions into second position in the standings.
The group of death has been torn wide open after perhaps the most fascinating game of Euro 2020 thus far. With France swapping points with Hungary earlier in the game in Budapest, all four teams have a chance to advance to the Round of 16 on matchday three.
Portugal must now defeat France in order to finish in the top two, while Germany must defeat Hungary in order to accomplish the same. On that topic, let’s take a look at the game’s five major talking points.
Joachim Low, Germany’s number one, has perfected his techniques.
Germany suffered a string of poor results leading up to the competition, and many assumed they had no chance of getting past the group stage at Euro 2020. Joachim Low, Germany's long-serving coach, has been chastised for not knowing his best XI and for his tactics, particularly in the matchday one defeat to France.