Germany open Euro 2020 account with impressive comeback win against Portugal

Germany players celebrate their second goal (Photo by MATTHIAS HANGST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Germany players celebrate their second goal (Photo by MATTHIAS HANGST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Germany came from behind to earn a 4-2 win over Portugal on Saturday, giving their chances of qualifying for the Euro 2020 round of 16 a major boost. 

Looking to bounce back from their defeat to France, Germany made a blistering start against Portugal and came close to taking the lead on a couple of occasions early on. But it was the defending European champions who opened the scoring, with Cristiano Ronaldo turning home Diogo Jota’s low cross in the 15th minute.

An own goal from Rúben Dias then brought Germany back on level terms, before Raphael Guerreiro turned the ball into his own net to complete the turnaround for the 2014 FIFA World Cup winners.

Robin Gosens then set up Kai Havertz for Germany’s third goal of the game early in the second half. And the Atalanta left wing-back capped off an impressive performance by heading home Germany’s fourth goal at the hour mark.

Diogo Jota pulled a goal back for Portugal seven minutes later, but Germany held on to claim the priceless three points.

While Germany struggled defensively at times, they tore Portugal apart with a ruthless attacking display. It was a dominant showing from Die Mannschaft, who will now fancy their chances of qualifying for the Euro 2020 knockout phase.

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Joachim Löw’s side are second in Group F, just one point behind leaders France and level on points with third placed Portugal. And they only need to match Portugal’s result on the final matchday of the group stage to make it through to the round of 16. Even a draw against Hungary on Wednesday should be enough for Germany to qualify for the next round.