Germany clicks at Euro 2020 with 4-2 win over Portugal
Germany finally clicked into gear at the European Championship, with a little help from defending champion Portugal.
''Altogether it was a class performance. Great attitude, great morale. We deserved to win by this amount,'' said Germany coach Joachim Löw, whose team lost its opening game to France. ''I expected that we would do the things that we didn't do so well against France better.'' Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in the lead in the 15th minute against the run of play. It was his first goal against Germany and his third at Euro 2020. It also extended his all-time tournament record to 12 goals.
''It's magic,'' said Gosens, who was playing in his ninth game for Germany.
The German supporters sang "Oh wie ist das schön" (Oh how lovely this is) as they watched their team dominate the game from start to finish — something they hadn't seen in years of underachievement.
''When you have such good attacking scenes, the kettle boils,'' said Thomas Müller, who has yet to score in 13 games at the tournament. ''Now we have the three points that we absolutely needed. We shouldn't get carried away. You can feel a little bit of euphoria, but we also have to remain objective.'' The 2014 World Cup champions had been looking for a good showing at Euro 2020 to make up for their first-round exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
''It was important for us that we didn't throw everything overboard after the lost game against France, but stuck to our plan,'' Havertz said. ''We trust the coach, we trust the system.'' Germany had the ball in the net early against Portugal when Gosens volleyed in a cross from Joshua Kimmich, but the goal was ruled out on video review for one of a number of possible infringements. Serge Gnabry was offside and Thomas Müller handled the ball.
Ronaldo was the first to strike for real — after a German corner.
Clearly shaken, a more cautious Germany resumed where it left off, albeit a little more carefully than before.
Havertz forced the equalizer in the 35th minute when he went for Gosens' cross alongside Dias, who deflected it inside the far post.
Germany then took the lead through another own goal soon after. Havertz failed to connect with a cross from Müller but Kimmich sent the ball back in and it rebounded into the net off the unfortunate Guerreiro.
''It's my responsibility. I wanted to play like that,'' Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "We were on top in midfield, but the Germans managed to break free from difficult situations again and again. By and large, my players tried everything. But playing against Germany is just difficult.''
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