After a turn in the second match at the European Championships, the German footballers defeated the defender of the Portuguese trophy 4: 2 and moved ahead of them to the second place in group F.
The team from the Iberian Peninsula led after a quarter of an hour of play thanks to Cristiano Ronald, but in the 35th to 39th minute the Germans turned the score after their own goals by Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreir. Other hits were added by Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens, with Diogo Jota lowering for Portugal.
The Germans, who defeated the Portuguese for the fifth time in a row, will end the group on Wednesday in the Bavarian capital with a duel with the Hungarians. On the same day, Portugal will welcome France in Budapest in a replay of the final of the last Euro.
Germany started actively and in the fifth minute midfielder Gosens scored, but due to the offside he did not pay the goal. After 15 minutes of play, the Portuguese struck after a quick break after a corner kick by the Germans. Bernardo Silva centered on Jota, who chose a pass for a free Ronald, and the 36-year-old captain ended up in an empty net.
He called with the third goal in the tournament at the head of the best scorers Patrik Schick and with the overall 12th goal he strengthened the position of the best gunner in the history of the Euro. Only two hits separate him from equalizing the national record of the Iranian Daeí.
Germany responded in 20 minutes. Gosens shot from the center on the back post from the first and stopper Dias knocked the ball into his own net in a duel with Havertz. Four minutes later, the Germans reversed the situation when Kimmich returned the ball in front of the goal and Guerreiro fired it for goalkeeper Patrícia.
Patička Cristiana Ronalda:
Portugal is the first European team to score two goals in one match in a major tournament. Five goals have already been scored at this year’s Euro, which is the most in the history of the championships.
The Germans also entered the second act better and in the 51st minute Havertz increased to 3: 1, who ran to Gosens’ pass. At the age of 22 years and eight days, Havertz became historically the youngest German shooter at the European Championships. Active Gosens scored a goal after an hour of play up close.
The Portuguese reduced in the 67th minute, when Ronaldo returned the ball in front of the goal and Jota got it behind the goal line. No goals were scored in any of the matches at the European Championships so far. The reigning European champions almost added a contact goal, but Sanches fired a stick from a distance. Goretzka turned in a dismal performance, however.
Portugal, which found a winner after seven matches, lost to the euro in regular time after 12 matches for the first time since June 2012.
European Football Championship:
Group F (Munich):
Portugal-Germany 2: 4 (1: 2)
Goals: 15. Ronaldo, 67. Jota – 35th own Dias, 39th own Guerreiro, 51st Havertz, 60th Gosens. Judges: Taylor – Beswick, Nunn – Attwell (video, all English). ŽK: Havertz, Ginter (both Germany). Attendance: 12,926 (limited number).
Portugal: Patrício – Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro – Carvalho (58. R. Silva), Danilo – B. Silva (46. Sanches), Fernandes (64. Moutinho), Jota (83. A. Silva) – Ronaldo. Trenér: Saints.
Germany: Neuer – Ginter, Hummels (63rd Can), Rüdiger – Kimmich, Gündogan (73rd Süle), Kroos, Gosens (62nd Halstenberg) – Havertz (73rd Goretzka), Müller – Gnabry (88th Sané). Trenér: Low.