Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the EURO 2020 Group F game between Portugal and Germany at the Allianz Arena.
MATCH REPORT |
Germany now moves into second above Portugal with France still on top. Things are set up well for the final matchday of the season when Portugal takes on France and Germany plays hosts to Hungary.
Not many would have seen that coming before kick off. Germany is back in contention with a big comeback win over the reigning champion. Portugal went ahead against the run of play through its skipper Ronaldo but Germany's dominance was rewarded with two goals in the space of five minutes to go ahead before the break. Germany came out with the same momentum in the second period to add two more well-worked out goals to give itself a big lead.
90'+4' Poor from Kroos and Rudiger as they dwaddle on the ball which allows Ronaldo the chance on the break. He feeds Silva, whose sot is blocked by Ginter for a corner.
90+2' Just less than two minutes of added time left for Germany to hold on to the second place in thr Group.
Four minutes of added time.
90' Ronaldo dribbles the ball out of play near the byline and its draws one of the loudest cheers from the Allianz Arena today.
90' Renato Sanches is frustrated with a decision going against his favour. He thumps the ball against the advertising boarding. No booking though.
89' CHANCE! A ball is floated into the box where an unmarked Pepe heads it back towards the face of the goal but unfortunately for him, its Rudiger who gets on the end of it and clears it away.
88' Important interception from Sule to cut the cross from Semedo on the right side from insdie the box.
87' GERMANY SUB: Gnabry OFF, Sane ON
86' Clash of heads between Muller and Danilo ends up with the latter getting some medical attention.
85' Semedo brings down Kroos clumsily but escapes a booking.
84' PORTUGAL SUB: Jota OFF, Andre Silva ON
83' Loose ball in midfield by Portugal gives Germany a chance on the break with a 3 on 2 situation. Goretzeka ends up firing on goal and is just a few inches over the bar.
82' Germany with a spell of posession to gain some control in the midfield area.
78' Renato Sanches with a thunderbolt from distance! He ends up thumping the ball against the post! My word that all happened in a blink of an eye. Neuer, like me, could hardly react as the ball crashed against the post.
77' Ginter is booked for a sliding challenge on Jota where he cleans him up. Ginter is booked by Anthony Taylor.
76' Germany on the break with Muller after Neuer with a superb pickout from the back to Goretzka. Muller looks to feed Goretzka behind the defence but the pass is overhit.
75' Portugal looks to be clawing its way back into the game with the changes made by both sides. Germany's foot is off the pedal for the moment. Possession even between the sides in the last 10 minutes or so.
72' GERMANY SUBS: Havertz, Gundogan OFF ; Goretzka, Sule ON
70' Water break taken.
70' There is more to come from Portugal. Jota with a cross into the box but its just over the head of Rafa Silva in the centre. Ronaldo gets past one defender inside the box before firing it towards the six yard box but Rudiger is there to clear the danger.
67' GOAL! Portugal 2-4 Germany! (Jota goal) More goals! The freekick is floated to the back post where Ronaldo on the byline does well to hook it back towards goal, where an unmarked Jota nods it into the net. VAR check is complete for offside and the goal stands.
66' Havertz with a slide tackle on Ronaldo and ends up catching his feet. He gets a yellow card.
64' PORTUGAL SUB: Bruno OFF, Moutinho ON
Gosens walks off to a rousing round of applause. The reigning champions are being humbled here as its three goal GD is chalked off on the points table.
62' GERMANY SUBS: Gosens, Hummels OFF; Halstenberg, Can ON
61' GOAL! Portugal 1-4 Germany! (Gosens goal) The key creator for Germany gets on the scoresheet after having a goal chalked off earlier. Havertz slips in Kimmich down the right and the wingback plays in a cross to the backpst where the left fullback heads it in past Patricio.
58' Portugal SUB: Carvalho OFF, Rafa Silva ON
58' Patient build-up from Germany ends with Gundogan playing a ball behind the defence but Gosens can't get on the end of it this time.
56' Portugal with a spell of possession as Jota looks to thread a ball to find Ronaldo's run but a sliding tackle from Hummels in defence cuts out the path.
54' Ronaldo lines up a freekick from distance. He strikes it well and with power but he can't keep it down as the ball sails over the bar.
How instrumental has Gosens been to Germany's attack.. Portugal hasn't found a way to check his runs into the its penalty box.
51' GOAL! Portugal 1-3 Germany! (Havertz goal) And Havertz gets his goal. Germany carved Portugals' defence open with that move from right to left; Muller feeding Gosens free down the byline and his cutback finds Havertz, who taps the ball into the net.
48' Bruno does well to hook in a cross into the box to find Jota at the far post but its a touch over his head and runs behind for a goal kick.
47' Portugal starts on the front foot and looks to peg Gosens back on the right side.
46' Portugal gets the ball rolling in the second period. Portugal opting for more men and control in the midfield area with its substitution.
Portugal SUB: Bernardo OFF, Renato Sanches ON
What a first half that was. Germany absolutely dominant in that half and deseverdly in front. Portugal looked devastating on the break but ultimately crumbled under the German pressure.
45'+4' Germany on the break with Gnabry, who leaves Pepe twisting and turning before firing it towards goal only to see his shot saved.
45'+3' Guerreiro's cross finds Bruno on the edge of the box but he can't bring the ball down in time to take the shot.
Three minutes of added time.
44' Bruno to Bernardo with a long pass to the right side and the winger finds Pepe's run into the box but his cutback is blocked by Rudiger.
43' Ronaldo with a superb first-time, no-look pass in behind the defence to find Jota's run but the forward is flagged offside.
39' GOAL! Portugal 1-2 Germany! (Guerreiro own goal) Another goal for Germany and it's another own goal. What a turnaround for the home side. Gosens released down the left by Rudiger, and he fires it low across the goal at the far post where Kimmich cuts it back. Guerreiro ends up turning it into his net with Gnabry lurking behind.
This was the fourth own goal of the tournament.
35' GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Germany! (Dias own goal) Chance gone begging at one end but Germany makes it chances count this time! A switch in play from the right into the left side where Gosens fires the ball into the six yard area where Havertz comes to meet it with Dias close to him. It's Dias who ends up turning it into his own net.
34' Superb from Bruno to find Bernardo's run in behind Rudiger. He gets past one defender but he can't get his shot away.
33' Pepe gets back on his feet and seems okay to continue.
32' Pepe goes down wincing in pain after colliding with Havertz. Medical assistance required.
30' Muller doe well to bring down an aerial ball before setting up Gnabry, who gets away from Pepe but clatters into another big figure in Dias. Dias again comes away with a free-kick.
29' Kimmich is found in space down the right but his cross isn' a great one. It's fired down low into the six yard area where Patricio collects it.
27' Carvalho makes a forward run but is brought down by Havertz. Bruno lines up the freekick from 40 yards on the left side but Guerrero takes it. Jota gets on the end of it but he can't get it on target.
25' A water break here due to the heat factor in Munich.
23' Short corner from Portugal as Bernardo floats a ball to the far post where Pepe heads it across the face of the goal. Luckily for Germany there is no Portugal player on the end of it.
22' Superb skill from Ronaldo to find Bruno in space as he switches it to the left for Jota. The Liverpool forward cuts inside and fires on goal but takes a deflection behind for a corner.
21' Germany slowing things down a bit in possession as it recovers from that jolt. 65 per cent possession for the home side but no end product to show for it.
19' Dias tussles with Havertz inside the box and comes away with a free-kick.
18' Gosens is found in space down the left side of the box and fires it on goal but Patricio gets down to hold on to the ball.
15' GOAL! Portugal 1-0 Germany! (Ronaldo) Well how about that... The ultimate suckerpunch. From the corner, Bernardo Silva broke forward down the right and found Jota's run through the middle. The winger brings it down with his chest before teeing up Ronaldo, who had the simplest of tasks of tapping it into the net. Third goal of the tournament for the Portuguese skipper.
14' Corner for Germany. This is relentless from Germany as it stifles Portugal in its own half.
13' Muller with a shot from distance after a diagonal switch in play sets him up near the edge of the box. Patricio is comfortably behind it.
12' Another chance for Germany. Kroos plays in Gosens down the byline and is on the end of the cutback near the edge of the box. Kroos' shot is blocked by Carvalho.
11' Havertz brings the ball down superbly but the ball gets away from him after the first touch and is fouled in the process.
10' Havertz draws a save from Patricio from distance as the 'keeper parries it wide but Gnabry races to the rebound first but can't fashion a meaningful chance to punish Portugal.
8' With a pass upfield, Bruno is through on goal before he fails to control the ball but the offside flag is up against him.
7' Gnabry dances his way into the Portugal box, checks his run and plays in a cross which Patricio catches easily.
5' DISALLOWED GOAL! Gosens puts Germany in front but there seemed to be a handball in the build-up. Stunning finish from the left wing back after a cross from Kimmich from the right wing, however Muller had inadvertently handled the ball. VAR overrules the goal. It remains 0-0.
3' Germany passes its way out from the back as Portugal looks to push high up the pitch. Portugal in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bruno playing off Ronaldo in attack.
1' Germany kicks off from left to right. Germany in its 3-4-3 formation. Ball floated down the left side is played into the feet of Havertz, who can't find his teammate with his cutback.
21:24: Ronaldo and Portugal make their way out to the middle followed by Germany. It's time for the national anthems. Portugal in red shirts and green shorts and Germany in its traditional white and black kits.
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20:38: France remains top of the group with 4 points but the result has opened up various possibilities. - Points table
20:35: A huge result in Group F with France being held to a 1-1 draw against Hungary. Read the match blog here. - France vs Hungary
20:20: Team news is in. Both teams remain unchanged from their previous outings.
Portugal starting XI: Rui Patrício; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, William Carvalho; Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva; Ronaldo
Germany starting XI: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, İlkay Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Müller; Gnabry
20:06: With a win already under the belt, will Portugal go with an attacking XI at the home of the 2014 World Champions?
20:01: Team news is just minutes away..
Here are Germany and France's complete Euro 2020 squads -
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