Portugal 2-4 Germany: Group F wide open after six-goal Euros thriller


he so-called ‘Group of Death’ at Euro 2020 is now wide open after Germany breathed life into their campaign in a six-goal thriller against defending champions Portugal.

After France were held to a shock 1-1 draw by Hungary in Budapest earlier on Saturday, just a single point now separates first and third positions in a stacked Group F with one round of matches to play following arguably the most entertaining game of the tournament so far in Munich.

Germany headed into another match on home soil at a sweltering Allianz Arena – home of Bayern Munich – desperately seeking to avoid a second successive defeat that would put their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 in serious peril after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to tournament favourites France.

They made a hugely positive start to proceedings in Bavaria, with the ultra-impressive Robin Gosens finishing off Toni Kroos’ dangerous cross with a flying finish at the back post, only for the goal to be ruled out following a VAR check for offside against Serge Gnabry.

Kai Havertz, Kroos, Thomas Muller and Gnabry had further chances as Germany showed much-needed renewed attacking vigour before falling behind in the 15th minute completely against the run of play.

The goal came from their own corner, with Portugal springing a masterful counter-attack led by Bernardo Silva, who carried the ball purposefully before arrowing a terrific pass forward for Diogo Jota to expertly control and square for Cristiano Ronaldo to easily tap home with Manuel Neuer already committed.

It was Ronaldo’s 107th goal in 177 senior international caps, leaving him just two shy of Iran great Ali Daei’s all-time international goalscoring record. The Juventus superstar’s late brace against Hungary earlier this week had already seen him overtake Michel Platini as the leading scorer in European Championship history.

Liverpool’s Jota headed a pinpoint Raphael Guerreiro free-kick over the crossbar before things took an ugly turn for Portugal, who suddenly found themselves behind after two own goals in the space of just four first-half minutes.

The first came from Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, who could not help but guide Gosens’ stinging volley from a Matthias Ginter cross beyond Rui Patricio as he looked to stop Chelsea’s Havertz from scoring.

If that was not unfortunate enough, Guerreiro then shinned Joshua Kimmich’s pull-back from the byline into his own net to give Germany a 2-1 half-time lead that could have been more were it not for Patricio’s save to deny the relentless Gosens.

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