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Germany thump Portugal in six goal thriller

Germany beat the defending European champions as they tore Portugal apart with a spectacular attacking performance. They scored 4 goals against two in Munich at euro 2020 Sunday.

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Germany’s win against Portugal finds themselves level on points with them and just one behind with group leaders France.

Cristiano Ronaldo oped the scoreboard early in the 15th minutes of the game continuing his record-breaking campaign with his third goal of the tournament and 12th European championship strike of all time. This goal took him to level with Miroslav Klose’s record of  European player who has scored the most goals throughout the World Cup and the European Championship (19).

With Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro finding the back of their net, Fernando Santo’s side became the first European nation to concede two goals in a single match at a major tournament.

In the 35th minute of the game, Gossans’ shot hit Ruben Diaz’s leg when he tries to clear the ball and became his own goal. Within 4 minutes, Guerreiro found himself in the wrong position and turned in a cross from kimmich to his net.

Germany continues to carry a series of attacks as Havertz and Gosens scored for Germany in the 51st and 60th minutes respectively. Ruiz Patricio was subdued by Gozens’ header.

In the 67th minutes, Diago jota found the net  from an assist from Ronaldo but the reigning champions were unable to score more for a comeback

Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos took full responsibility for the defeat,

“Whether we progress or not is up to us and we have to respond to this,” he said.

“The manager is to blame for the result. If we look at individual players it would be shooting ourselves in the foot. Now I have to talk to the players and understand why we couldn’t do what we planned to do.

“I am responsible for this, I don’t want to mention players by name as we need to solve this as a team and think about France.

“France plays differently and we need to change the things we did which were not that good.”

Joachim Low praised the star of the match Gosen after the match,

“I don’t know if it was the game of a lifetime for him, maybe he still has to play that,” Low said.

“But it was an amazing performance from him. He worked very hard and on top of that he was a constant threat upfront as well.

“That is exactly what we needed today.”

 

What next?

Germany host Hungary, which earlier on Saturday became a stalemate, while Portugal faces the world champions in the final game with all four nations still able to progress.

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