Robin Gosens and Kai Havertz created havoc against Portugal on Saturday as Germany beat Fernando Santos’ side 4-2 in their Group F Euro 2020 game, with help from two own goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Jota both scored for Portugal but own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro as well as strikes from Gosens and Havertz ensured Germany left with the three points.
Germany got off to what appeared to be a dream start when Gosens scored from the near post after just five minutes.
However, a VAR review showed that Serge Gnabry had been offisde in the build-up and the goal was disallowed by referee Anthony Taylor.
It felt like it wasn’t going to be Germany’s day when Portugal scored 10 minutes later through record-breaking striker Ronaldo.
Portugal broke on a counterattack after a Germany corner with Jota excellently controlling the ball before crossing it to Ronaldo who tapped it past Manuel Neuer in goal.
The goal brings Ronaldo within two goals of equalling Iran’s Ali Daei’s all-time men’s international scoring record of 109 goals and further extends his record in the European Championships.
Meanwhile, Hungary coach Marco Rossi was not sure his team would achieve much against world champions France in their Euro 2020 Group F match on Saturday but after they came away with a 1-1 draw he wants them to spring a surprise against Germany as well.
After a heartbreaking late meltdown in Hungary’s first game on Tuesday which they lost 3-0 to defending champions Portugal, a team Rossi thought would be easier to face than France, the coach said he was happy for them to be the protagonists now.