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Portugal vs. Germany score: Robin Gosens runs riot as Die Mannschaft win six goal Euro 2020 thriller
Cristiano Ronaldo scored and assisted for Portugal but it wasn't enough to counter a rampant Germany
Germany revived their Euro 2020 hopes in spectacular fashion, coming back after conceding an early goal against Portugal to win the competition's most thrilling match so far by four goals to two.
Germany, needing at least a point to retain control of their own destiny in the tournament, started in impressive fashion and only a slight offside by Serge Gnabry denied Gosens his second international goal early on. He would not have to wait long.
Portugal were penned in their own half, but initially that did not seem to faze them. Indeed, it almost suited them and they took the lead against the run of play thanks to a superb counter attack ending with Diogo Jota squaring for Cristiano Ronaldo to score his third goal of the tournament.
Who else but Cristiano Ronaldo?— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 19, 2021
He finishes off the counterattack and scores his FIRST ever goal against Germany and Portugal has the lead. #Euro2020
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Yet, Portugal seemed unable to build spells of possession and could only hold out for so long as Germany stretched play across the field. A cross from the right was volleyed back across goal by Gosens to deflect in off Ruben Dias' outstretched leg. The team in red would concede two similar goals in the following 16 minutes. First, Joshua Kimmich smashed the ball towards Raphael Guerreiro to put the hosts ahead at the interval, and then Kai Havertz turned in Gosens' low drive early in the second half.
Having provided so much to the German attack, it only seemed fair that his team mates lay on a goal for Gosens, who headed home a Kimmich cross to hand Joachim Low's side a three goal lead. Portugal ate into that when Ronaldo hooked a cross from the byline over Manuel Neuer for Jota to slot home, but in open play they lacked any real invention to break down the Germans, who sit level on points with Portugal, one behind France before their game against Group F's bottom side Hungary.
Gosens worth the German reshuffle
There have been times early in Euro 2020 when you wondered who was really benefitting from Low's move to a back three. Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan looked far too slow to cover the space they needed to while Thomas Muller, who has found great success as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1, looked uncomfortable as a right winger. Meanwhile the most progressive midfielder in the squad, Joshua Kimmich, was dumped wide on the right and the fact he was such a danger man there made you pine for him to be given the keys to the engine room.
The positional confusion early on was typified by Kai Havertz, who found himself as one of the men asked to defend space at an attacking corner, a plan that ended with the Chelsea forward playing first Jota and then Ronaldo onside for the game's opening goal.
Still, when Low's system clicks it looked devastating against Portugal, not least thanks to Atalanta's Gosens. The left wing back was battering Nelson Semedo down the Portugal right from minute one. The visiting team had been warned about his late runs into the box when his early volley was ruled out but no-one picked him up on the far side when he volleyed a cross into the net from an implausible angle.
Germany get their third of day through Kai Havertz 🔥— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 19, 2021
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Gosens on one side and Kimmich on the other consistently stretched Portugal's four man defense, often making it look like a back six with defensive midfielders William Carvalho and Danilo Pereira dropping in, to what may as well have been breaking point. Portuguese defenders didn't know where their teammates nor their opponents were, an ingredient for the sort of nervy interventions that saw Dias and Guerreiro turn balls into their own net.
Germany could just keep spamming the same trick, stretch the ball out wide, thump it across goal and assume that the ball is going to go in off someone. Santos attempted to adjust his approach at half time, but if Renato Sanches was supposed to offer more support to Semedo it didn't show in the third goal. Neither did it with Rafa for the fourth. Other teams cannot possibly be so inviting but Gosens will certainly ask the question.
Do Portugal have a real plan?
Beyond defending well in numbers and counter attacking quickly what is this Portugal team about? It is worth saying that those two facets alone can win you more games than not at international level, particularly when you have quality like Dias at one end of the pitch and Ronaldo at the other.
However, you may find matches where you need more convincing avenues to goal than set pieces like Portugal's second goal, or counterattacks like their first. Sometimes routines don't come off and there are days where more often than not the counterattacks don't click.
Chasing the game's seventh goal, one which would have brought them back into the match, they had so few ideas as to how they might move Germany's defense into awkward positions. The ball was spread wide to the right flank. A few passes. Nothing doing there. Back infield. Back to the right. The individual brilliance of Renato Sanches nearly brought them a goal but 30 yard howitzers are not an effective strategy.
6 goals, what a match we have in Munich 🔥 #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/FiNdo37STu— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 19, 2021
Sanches, it should be noted, at least looked like a player who might bridge the chasm between Portugal's back six and their front four. There are few others in Santos' squad who offer that and he merits an opportunity from the outset against France next week.
Yet, in its totality, this does not seem to be a team that is effective at responding to the game that is in front of them. It was bizarre to see Germany score the same goal over and over again without Portugal actually doing anything about it. Yes Semedo was having a horror show defensively, yet three separate players -- Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches and Rafa -- offered him no protection from further up the right flank. Equally, the defensive midfield duo neither disrupted the German supply line from central areas to the German flanks nor put clearing heads or boots on the crosses that came this way.
Portugal have the feeling of a team that may yet go places due to their individual quality but if an opponent can find their weak points this team may not be able to hold them at bay.
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📓 Gerard Moreno starts for Spain alongside Morata and Olmo in a front three...— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
🇪🇸 Who will shine tonight? @SeFutbol | #EURO2020
⚽ 1 goal— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
🅰️ 2 assists
Robin #Gosens is #PORGER's Star of the Match ⭐#DieMannschaft #GER #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/4vrgRCXx7Y
🇪🇸🆚🇵🇱 Prediction? #EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
Germany's youngest ever EUROs goalscorer 🆕— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
You can smile, @kaihavertz29! 😁#DieMannschaft #GER #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/YugZqRlQi1
🇩🇪 Inspired by Robin Gosens, Germany recover from a goal down to beat Portugal in a six-goal thriller in Munich 🔥— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
🗒️ MATCH REPORT: Slick Germans stun holders #EURO2020
🇭🇺 𝗦𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗦 as Hungary fans celebrate Attila Fiola's goal against France at the Fan Zone in Budapest! 🎉🤪@MLSZhivatalos | #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/kzdhnZzRxd— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
🔥 Robin Gosens scoops the prize following a fine display down Germany's left side 🅰️🅰️⚽️@Heineken | #EUROSOTM | #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/KOsT660fq3— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
Robin Gosens. What a performance 👏👏👏#DieMannschaft #GER #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/iKREDWhmSn— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
Joshua Kimmich vibes 📢#DieMannschaft #GER #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/PQYtIONPGD— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
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😄 @esmuellert_ #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/UhKaYlWpfz
Happy Manu. Happy days 😁#DieMannschaft #GER #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/MrNcg9T0vR— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
👊 Respect.— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
Ronaldo 🫂 Kroos#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/DS64fwtMgk
🇩🇪 Germany extend their unbeaten run against Portugal to 5 games ✅#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/0Yh35grvmF— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
Fantastic performance from Germany tonight. Efficient, dynamic and a great watch. Massive result.— C0rnd0g75 (@c0rnd0g75) June 19, 2021
Kimmich again outstanding, Gnabry and Gosens played so well. Deserved win.
#ger #germany #DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #GERPOR
Your mood after Portugal 2-4 Germany? 🤷#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
Probably the game of the tournament so far! Still can't get over how good #GER played! #EURO2020— Samuel Wright (@SamSportsTalk95) June 19, 2021
⏰ RESULT ⏰— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
🇵🇹🆚🇩🇪 Germany win six-goal EURO classic in Munich!
Did you see that coming? 😱#EURO2020
Hello, @EURO2020! 🙌🇩🇪#POR 2-4 #GER#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/u6MXUi4Jby— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
The final change 🔄 (87')— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
➡️ @leroy_sane#POR 2-4 #GER#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/f9l7JAWKmS
Germany are holding Portugal at arms' length as we roll into the final minutes of this game. Santos' side look utterly without ideas or underlying plans. There's no real service or ball progression beyond Renato Sanches and the hope that Semedo can do something.
🇵🇹🆚🇩🇪 = 🤯— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
⏰3⃣5⃣⚽️ Rúben Dias og
⏰3⃣9⃣⚽️ Raphaël Guerreiro og
⏰6⃣7⃣⚽️ Diogo Jota #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/S7BQFCqqjR
The lads just calming things down a little as we head into the final stages 👐 (83')#POR 2-4 #GER#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/31YyeOCJ3X— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
Portugal really need to chase this but they're not offering all that much in open play. Their plan seems to be to work it down the right with Semedo and hope he and Rafa can do something. It isn't paying off so far.
Another double change from the boss 🔄— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
➡️ Niklas #Süle#POR 2-4 #GER#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/73ojXHEzrp
We could do with a drink too with all these goals 🥵#POR 2-4 #GER#DieMannschaft #EURO2020 #PORGER pic.twitter.com/a8AWONZS76— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 19, 2021
🇵🇹🆚🇩🇪— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021
🤪😱🤯 Which emoji best describes Portugal vs Germany? #EURO2020