On Saturday, Germany ran riot over a poor Portugal team at the Allianz Arena, winning 4-2 in a high-scoring Euro 2020 Group F match.
Cristiano Ronaldo found himself at the end of a blazing counterattack as Portugal took the lead against the flow of play. Germany, on the other hand, remained composed and proceeded to play their expansive style of football. They were quickly rewarded for their efforts, as Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro scored own goals to put Germany ahead at halftime.
The hosts’ dominance continued in the second half, with Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens scoring shortly after the restart. Diogo Jota grabbed a goal back for Portugal, but it was only a consolation.
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With the massive win, Germany moves up to second position in Group F, ahead of third-placed Portugal. On that topic, let’s take a look at five of the game’s best and worst plays.
Hit: Robin Gosens (Germany)
With a string of strong performances, the Atalanta winger has solidified his spot in Germany’s starting lineup.
He ran up and down the pitch with vigour and was a constant threat for Portugal along the left wing. In the first half, Gosens found the ideal square pass for Kai Havertz, allowing Ruben Dias to defeat his own goalkeeper.
Most importantly, Gosens capitalized on his opportunities when they arose. A cross from Joshua Kimmich found Gosens at the far post, and the Atalanta midfielder made no mistake with his header. That goal effectively sealed all three points for Germany on the night, with Gosens putting in one of the best displays of Euro 2020.
Flop: Nelson Semedo (Portugal)
Nelson Semedo is recognized for his attacking prowess, but his performance against Germany was far from his best. Gosens gave the Wolves full-back a hard time on the flank.
Semedo struggled to contain the Atalanta midfielder throughout the match, leaving him unmarked in a vital time, which contributed to Germany’s fourth goal. Semedo’s impact was easily blunted as time went on, and he became increasingly ineffectual.
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His famous crosses and dashes into Germany’s penalty box were conspicuously absent. For the former Barcelona full-back, it was a day to forget.