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Portugal v Germany Live Commentary, 19/06/2021

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2 - 4
POR
GER
Cristiano Ronaldo (15)
Diogo Jota (67)
Rúben Dias (35 og)
Raphaël Guerreiro (39 og)
K. Havertz (51)
R. Gosens (60)
Allianz Arena

Commentary

That is all from this Euro 2020 fixture, until next time!
Germany’s 4-2 win blows Group F wide open, especially when considering France dropped points against Hungary earlier today. Low’s men overtake Portugal to move up to second and they face Hungary on Wednesday. Santos’ men, who drop down to third courtesy of their head-to-head record against today’s opponents, next challenge France on the same day.
Germany started brightly and thought Gosens had given them the lead, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside against Gnabry. Ronaldo then shocked Low’s men with a counter-attacking opener before own goals from both Dias and Guerreiro gave the Germans a half-time lead. Second-half goals from Havertz and Gosens extended their advantage but Jota’s tap-in reduced the deficit. Santos’ men pushed on, however, they failed to find another goal, meaning Germany run out 4-2 victors at the Allianz Arena.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 2-4 GERMANY
90' + 3' Ronaldo feeds the run of Andre Silva, who drills towards the bottom left corner. Ginter slides in to block before Neuer fails to stop his team from conceding a corner as his punch goes out of play.
90' + 2' Halstenberg finds Sane, who can't turn away from Danilo. The left wing-back regains possession but smashes a left-footed strike high and wide of Patricio's goal from an acute angle.
90' + 1' There will be four minutes of added time as Low's side head to the right-hand corner with the ball to see out this game.
90' Ronaldo escapes Muller's press before getting his feet in a tangle and conceding a goal-kick. The Portuguese captain cuts a frustrated figure and Germany are minutes away from an important victory at Euro 2020.
89' CHANCE! Moutinho floats a cross towards the far post from the right-hand channel and Pepe knocks a header back across the six-yard area. Rudiger is on hand to head away, just as Dias and Ronaldo were ready and waiting to pounce behind the German. The Portuguese are throwing everyone forward in search of another goal in the closing stages.
L. Sané
S. Gnabry
Germany
88' Low makes another substitution as he sends on Sane for Gnabry.
88' Semedo bursts towards the right of goal and Sule is forced to come across and give away a corner, which comes to nothing.
86' Danilo and Muller clash in an aerial duel and the former is forced to receive some medical attention. He does so before quickly returning to the action in the middle of the park.
85' Rafa needlessly brings down Kroos on the left flank and referee Taylor gives a free-kick. The Real Madrid man has bought his team a well-deserved breather and the chance to relax for a moment or so.
André Silva
Diogo Jota
Portugal
83' Jota, who has an assist and a goal to his name in this game, comes off for Andre Silva.
83' OVER! Goretzka leads the counter-attack as he powers through the middle and reaches the edge of the area. The midfielder ignores Gnabry and Muller either side of him, opting to shoot with his right foot towards the top left corner. Patricio can't get to the effort but Goretzka's strike goes just over the crossbar. That would have been game over if the substitute had found the back of the net there.
81' Germany have suffered three defeats in their last four group stage matches at major tournaments (EUROs and World Cup), as many as in their previous 24 group stage games (W16 D5). They haven’t suffered consecutive defeats in the group stage at a major tournament since losing to England and Portugal at EURO 2000. Fortunately for Low's men, they seem set to avoid consecutive defeats here.
79' POST! Ginter gives away a corner on the left-hand side and Moutinho walks across before going short. Sanches is there to receive possession before unleashing a right-footed effort which he catches sweetly. The midfielder's 25-yard drive is so powerful it leaves Neuer no chance but the post saves the German goalkeeper before the ball cannons away from danger.
M. Ginter
Yellow Card
Germany
77' Ginter flies into a late sliding tackle on Jota and joins his team-mate Havertz in referee Taylor’s book.
77' Veteran Pepe reads the game well as he wanders into the left-hand channel to dispossess Goretzka. The centre-back makes an important interception, given Germany had men surging forward to attack there.
76' Rafa wins a throw-in for his side deep inside Germany's half. A goal for Portugal in the next 10 minutes or so will have their opponents seriously worried heading into the closing stages at the Allianz Arena.
74' Pepe makes a crucial intervention just as Gnabry was looking to break towards the left of goal. Down the other end, Rudiger leans on Rafa to ease the substitute away from danger and regains possession for his team.
N. Süle
İ. Gündoğan
Germany
73' Alongside Havertz's removal, Sule also comes on for Gundogan. This change will mean Can moves further forward into midfield for Low's side.
L. Goretzka
K. Havertz
Germany
73' Germany make a double change, the first of which sees Goretzka replace the impressive Havertz.
72' Low prepares some defensive changes on the touchline as Kroos goes backwards from a wide free-kick. Remarkably, one of these teams could end up as Group F's third-place finishers!
71' Another pre-arranged drinks break comes as the game approaches its final 20 minutes or so. Santos and Low both exchange words with their players, who have been part of a thrilling encounter so far.
70' Jota has now been involved in ten goals in nine starts for Portugal in all competitions (7 goals, 3 assists). The Liverpool man has been excellent for both club and country this season.
69' Moutinho whips in another free-kick but Rudiger climbs the highest to head away. Guerreiro lurks at the far post, however, he sensibly opts to settle for the throw-in on the left flank.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Assist
Portugal
67' Moutinho's deep free-kick from the left flank goes all the way through to Ronaldo, who from the far post hooks back across goal with his right foot. The ball may be going in but Jota makes sure as he taps-in from close range to pull one back for Portugal.
Diogo Jota
Goal
Portugal
67' GOOOOOAL! JOTA PULLS ONE BACK! After Havertz fouls on the left-hand side, Moutinho sends in a free-kick towards the far post. Ronaldo acrobatically keeps the ball alive, hooking towards the left-hand side of Neuer's goal, where Jota takes no chances as he prods home with his right foot to make it 4-2. VAR checks for offside in the build-up before confirming the goal can stand!
K. Havertz
Yellow Card
Germany
66' Havertz goes in a little late on Ronaldo and becomes the first name in referee Taylor's book.
65' In what is their 67th major tournament match (World Cup or Euros), Portugal have conceded four goals for only a second time - both against Germany (also at the 2014 World Cup).
João Moutinho
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal
64' Santos makes another change as he withdraws Fernandes for Moutinho in the middle of the park.
E. Can
M. Hummels
Germany
63' Gundogan's number is initially put up but Low changes his mind as he substitutes Hummels off for Can.
M. Halstenberg
R. Gosens
Germany
62' Gosens, who has produced a near-perfect performance at the Allianz Arena, now makes way for Halstenberg.
J. Kimmich
Assist
Germany
60' Havertz works out to Kimmich, who arrows a curling cross towards the far post. Gosens escapes the attentions of Semedo to head home past Patricio from close range and the Germans lead 4-1. The left wing-back has two assists to his name and now a goal to go with it!
R. Gosens
Goal
Germany
60' GOOOOOAL! 4-1 GERMANY! Havertsz offloads to Kimmich, who has acres of space and time to get his head up in the right-hand channel and he does so as he crosses towards the far post. The cross misses Havertz but Gosens arrives late at the far post to power a header into the top left. Semedo gestures that someone else should have been picking up the left wing-back, however, Gosens won’t care as he extends the Germans’ lead.
59' Jota goes down under pressure from Hummels and appeals for a penalty. The Portuguese forward looks furious with the match officials but VAR doesn't even get invovled, given how cleanly Hummels seemed to have made the tackle in the first place.
Rafa Silva
William Carvalho
Portugal
58' Santos makes his second substitution as he brings on Rafa for Carvalho.
58' A long ball down the left flank looks for Gosens but the wing-back can't reach the pass. On the touchline, it looks like Santos is going to make another change.
56' Portugal have scored as many own goals today (2) as they did across their previous 103 games in all competitions combined. They are also the first European nation ever to concede two own goals in a single match at a major tournament (World Cup or Euros).
55' Ronaldo hovers over the free-kick, around 25 yards from goal just to the left of the area, before powering a right-footed strike both high and wide of Neuer's goal.
54' Fernandes' free-kick comes to nothing before Kroos fouls Jota outside the area on the left-hand side. Ronaldo will fancy his chances from this sort of range.
52' Rudiger needlessly slams through the back of Ronaldo and offers Portugal a free-kick inside the right-hand channel. Santos' men need to find a way back into this game and here is the opportunity to do so.
R. Gosens
Assist
Germany
51' Gosens offers width again as he speeds down the left-hand side to latch onto Muller's pass. The left wing-back slams a low cross across the six-yard area and Havertz can't miss as he tap-ins at the back post.
K. Havertz
Goal
Germany
51' GOOOOOOALLLL! 3-1 GERMANY! Muller wanders inside from the right-hand channel, working the ball out to the left of goal. As he has done all game, Gosens powers forward before driving low across the face of goal with his left foot. Gnabry and Havertz queue up at the back post and the latter taps-in from close range. Patricio is powerless to stop the German from inside the six-yard area and Low’s men now lead 3-1!
50' Gnabry lurks at the far post but Dias is there to head away. The second half has followed the pattern of the first so far, with Germany dictating proceedings and seeing a lot of possession.
49' Sanches and Fernandes exchange short passes before the latter cross towards the far post. Jota gives Kimmich a nudge in the back but the ball goes out for a goal-kick, meaning referee Taylor doesn't need to give a free-kick.
48' Semedo escapes the attentions of Rudiger but Hummels wanders across to cover his team-mate. Semedo then regains possession, smashing into the thigh of Gosens, who understandably looks in a little bit of pain.
47' Germany have never lost a European Championship match when winning at half-time (W18, D1). Importantly for Low’s men, Portugal have also never succeeded in a European Championship match when behind at the break (D2 L3).
46' Referee Taylor gets the second half underway!
Renato Sanches
Bernardo Silva
Portugal
46' Santos makes a change at half-time as he sends on Sanches for Silva, presumably due to injury.
Low will be satisfied with his team's first-half performance, especially their response to going a goal down in the early stages. He will keep telling his side to be patient in possession, while Santos, who insisted Germany were the favourites before this game, will be demanding more from his men as they played out a fairly sedate first-half showing.
Germany got off to a strong start at the Allianz Arena and thought Gosens had given them the lead, only for the wing-back's goal to be ruled out for offside against Gnabry in the build-up. Portugal then shocked their opponents as Ronaldo opened the scoring on the counter-attack, courtesy of Jota's unselfish assist. Low's men bounced back through Dias' own goal and found themselves ahead four minutes later as Guerreiro bundled into his own net to make it 2-1 to the Germans.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: PORTUGAL 1-2 GERMANY
45' + 3' CHANCE! Gnabry leads the counter-attack as he paces down the left flank, spinning Pepe inside and out before making it to the left of goal. The German forward looks to place a left-footed finish towards the bottom right corner but Patricio does well to beat away another save on the stroke of half-time.
45' + 2' Fernandes is the man to deliver the wide set-piece and Havertz flicks away at the near post. The loose ball cannons around the Germany area but Neuer is quickly out to claim confidently.
45' + 1' There will be three minutes of added time as this frantic first-half approaches its ending. On the right-hand side, Portugal have just won a free-kick which Fernandes stands over.
45' SAVE! Havertz roams inwards from the right flank, inviting two defenders towards him before sliding to his left. Gosens speeds forward to the left of goal, smashing a left-footed strike across the goalkeeper. Patricio, however, moves across well as he dives to his left and parries away from danger.
44' Ronaldo carelessly gives it away inside his own half but Low's side fail to capitalise as they sensibly opt to play backwards and retain possession. Germany have seen lot of the ball in the first half and their patience has paid off.
42' Germany are the first side in European Championship history to both score and benefit from an own goal in the same tournament.
41' Pepe goes through the back of Muller inside the six-yard box and the German stays down. The physios come on and Muller is quickly back to his feet and fit to carry on.
Raphaël Guerreiro
Own Goal
Portugal
39' GOOOOOOALLL! 2-1 GERMANY! Rudiger rolls through for Gosens, who cuts back for Muller from inside the left-hand channel. The German forward has two attempts at crossing, with the second finding Kimmich at the far post. The right wing-back selflessly opts to square and Guerreiro is forced to turn into his own net with Gnabry waiting to capitalise behind him. VAR checks for an offside in the build-up against Gosens before confirming the goal can stand. What a turnaround from Low’s men!
37' The last five matches between Portugal and Germany have produced 17 goals, an average of 3.4 per match. Four of those five games have witnessed three or more goals. This game looks set to follow a similar pattern.
Rúben Dias
Own Goal
Portugal
35' GOOOOALLLL! GERMANY EQUALISE! Muller wanders forward before offloading to Kimmich, who crosses towards the far post. Gosens smashes a volley across the six-yard area and Dias can only turn into the bottom right corner past his own goalkeeper. With Havertz ready and waiting to pounce, Dias had no option but to make a challenge and he sends the ball into the back of the net off his own shin. After 35 minutes in Germany, it’s 1-1!
35' Silva latches onto a throughball in the right-hand channel, bumping Rudiger out the way before Hummels intercepts. The chance comes to an end, however, as the offside flag is up for Silva's position in the build-up.
34' Ginter arrows a cross towards Gnabry, who has no chance as Semedo towers above him to head away. The Portuguese are defending incredibly deep but, for the moment, remain relatively untroubled.
32' Pepe clashes with Havertz in the centre circle and ends up going down. After some quick medical attention from the physios, the centre-back returns to his feet and looks fine to continue.
31' Gnabry collides with Dias inside the area and the centre-back wins the foul. Pepe waves an imaginary yellow card, however, referee Taylor disagrees and insists play goes on without cautioning the Bayern Munich forward.
30' Carvalho slams Kroos to the ground and the midfielder goes short from the resulting free-kick. Muller seeks out Havertz, who from the back post struggles to keep the ball alive and Dias intervenes.
29' This is the first time Low's men have conceded first in three consecutive European Championship matches since a run of five across Euro 1996 and 2000.
28' Havertz shoves Carvalho to the floor and offers Santos' side a free-kick in a good position on the left flank. Fernandes and Guerreiro debate before the left-back delivers towards the penalty spot. Jota finds space but he can only head way over the crossbar.
27' With the first drinks break out the way, play resumes with Patricio's goal-kick. The goalkeeper goes short before Guerreiro looks long for Ronaldo. Hummels intercepts and Germany return to methodically looking to breakdown their opposition.
26' Gnabry twists and turns on the right-hand side before floating a cross towards the near post. Hummels misses the initial header but no-one has gambled at the far post and the opportunity fades away.
25' Ginter whips in a cross from deep and Dias miscues his left-footed clearance as he skews out for a corner. Kroos delivers from the left flank but the chance comes to nothing as the Portuguese defence clear towards the right-hand channel.
23' CLOSE! Portugal go short from the corner and Guerreiro aims for the far post with his left-footed cross. Dias escapes the attentions of his marker but can't head past Neuer as he redirects the ball wide of goal to the right. The centre-back may feel he should be doing better from there.
22' Jota dashes inside and sets his sights on the far right corner. The Portuguese man's effort gets deflected and Neuer can't stop Santos' men from getting their first corner of the game.
21' Santos' men are content with sitting deep and inviting their opponents to play through them. Muller attempts to do so by flicking on for Gosens, however, Semedo is there to hook away a clearance.
20' Neuer has to be quick off his line to launch a clearance as Silva and Jota race towards the German area. Despite barely seeing the ball, Portugal are looking dangerous any time they get near their opposition's goal.
19' Ronaldo has scored his 19th goal at the World Cup and European Championships combined; no European player has ever scored more across the two competitions (level with Miroslav Klose).
18' CHANCE! A good first touch sees Gosens sneak in behind Semedo to the left of goal. The left wing-back attempts to drill a low left-footed effort towards the near post, where Patricio gets down well to save. The Portuguese goalkeeper would have been disappointed if he didn't save that but it goes down as an opportunity nevertheless.
17' Low's men try to instantly respond, however, Muller's pass is overhit and Patricio gets a goal-kick. The Germans look slightly stunned that, despite their impressive start, Portugal lead at the Allianz Arena.
Diogo Jota
Assist
Portugal
15' Silva leads the counter-attacking charge from Germany's corner, working out to Jota, who makes it to the left of goal before unselfishly squaring to Ronaldo. The Portuguese captain has a simple tap-in to put Santos' men ahead and he makes no mistake.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Goal
Portugal
15' GOOOOOOALLLL! 1-0 PORTUGAL! Ronaldo rises the highest to head away Kroos’ corner and Portugal set off on a rapid counter-attack. Silva races down the right-hand channel before chipping to Jota, who draws the goalkeeper out before rolling to his right. Ronaldo has an open goal as he taps-in from inside the six-yard area with his right foot to open the scoring. The Portuguese captain started and finished that move!
14' Kimmich profits from Patricio's wasteful pass and looks long for Gnabry, who heads to his left for the run of Havertz. The chance comes to nothing but the Germans win the first corner of the game on the right-hand side.
13' Gosens powers down the left flank before pulling back for Kroos on the edge of the area. The midfielder aims for the bottom left corner, however, Dias is there to make a crucial, sliding block to protect Patricio's goal.
12' Portugal’s last victory against Germany was in the group stages of Euro 2000 – a 3-0 win, courtesy of a Sergio Conceicao hat-trick, the last time Germany have conceded 3+ goals by the same player in a major tournament game. Since then, Low's men have won their four meetings with today's opponents, all at major tournaments.
11' It has been a fairly good start from Germany, who have dominated possession and exploited the right-hand side on a number of occasions already. Low's men need a result here and, so far, they are taking the game to Portugal.
10' SAVE! Havertz wanders inwards from the right-hand side, making it to the D before aiming for the bottom right corner with his left foot. Patricio saves the initial effort, parrying to his left before Gnabry attempts to create a follow-up chance. The goalkeeper does well, however, to bounce back and he does just enough to put off the German forward before his defence recover and intervene.
8' Fernandes seems to have made it past Hummels and into the German box but the centre-back recovers and intercepts. The chance, however, wouldn't have stood as both Fernandes and Jota were offside from the first pass.
7' Gnabry makes it past two or three tackles as he reaches the byline on the right and crosses towards the six-yard area. Muller is waiting to pounce, however, Patricio intervenes and removes any potential danger.
5' NO GOAL! Muller looks to have handled the ball in the middle but referee Taylor plays on. Kimmich receives possession out wide, crossing towards the back post, where Gnabry can’t reach the initial chance. Gosens flies in at the far post, smashing a left-footed volley into the bottom left corner but the goal doesn’t stand as Gnarby was offside from the first cross. VAR checks and sticks with the original decision.
3' Ginter's pass is wayward and forces Kimmich backwards, Guerreiro pressures his opposite man and Portugal get their foot on the ball for the first time in this game.
2' Gosens finds some room down the left-hand side and plays to Havertz, who sees his cross deflected away from danger at the near post by Pepe. Low's men regain possession immediately as Kroos dictates the early exchanges.
1' With the national anthems out the way, Anthony Taylor blows his whistle to start proceedings!
This will be the fifth meeting between Portugal and Germany at the European Championship; only Italy and Spain have faced each other on more occasions in the tournament (6). It will also be the sixth encounter between the two teams at major tournaments since Euro 2000 (4 at Euro, 2 at World Cup), the most between two European nations over that period.
Just like his opposite man Santos, Low also names an unchanged starting-11 for the Germans’ second Group F clash. Despite scoring an own goal on his international return, Hummels remains at centre-back, flanked either side by Ginter and Rudiger. Havertz and Muller start in behind Gnabry once more, meaning Sane has to stay patient as he waits for another chance from the bench.
After the 3-0 win against Hungary, Santos names an unchanged starting line-up. That means Ronaldo, who smashed numerous European Championship records last time out, leads the line in front of Jota, Fernandes and Silva. Further back, scorer from the first game Guerreiro retains his place at left-back, while Dias also starts at centre-back but he needs to be careful as he is just one booking away from suspension.
SUBS: Marcel Halstenberg, Christian Gunter, Florian Neuhaus, Niklas Sule, Emre Can, Robin Koch, Bernd Leno, Kevin Volland, Kevin Trapp, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Leon Goretzka.
GERMANY (3-4-2-1): Manuel Neuer; Antonio Rudiger, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter; Robin Gosens, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller; Serge Gnabry.
SUBS: Goncalo Guedes, Pote, Renato Sanches, Ruben Neves, Jose Fonte, Joao Palhinha, Anthony Lopes, Joao Moutinho, Rafa, Andre Silva, Diogo Dalot, Rui Silva.
PORTUGAL (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Nelson Semedo; William Carvalho, Danilo Pereira; Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Germany gave a decent account of themselves in their first game at Euro 2020 but still ended up 1-0 losers to world champions France. Mats Hummels’ own goal proved the difference and leaves Joachim Low’s men needing a positive result against Portugal to bolster their hopes of a second-place finish in Group F. The Germans have recent success in this competition, having reached the semi-finals in the last two tournaments and they are looking to reach the knockout stages for the fourth time in succession.
Despite a rather underwhelming performance for large parts against Hungary, Portugal ran out 3-0 winners in their opener in Budapest. A win here would secure their place in Euro 2020’s last-16 stage and would also confirm a top-two finish in Group F, given Hungary's earlier draw with France. Fernando Santos’ men are on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions but they have lost their last four games against Germany.
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