Germany got their UEFA Euro 2020 campaign up and running with a 4-2 victory over Portugal in Munich on Saturday, despite going behind to Cristiano Ronaldo's early strike.
Germany started superbly and Robin Gosens had a goal ruled out for offside, but they found themselves behind against the run of play after 15 minutes as Ronaldo put the finishing touches on a clinical counter-attack. It was the Portugal forward's first goal of his career against Germany and also one of his simplest as he tapped home from close range. Die Mannschaft responded in brilliant fashion, though, and struck twice in the space of five first-half minutes to turn the game on its head. The excellent Gosens provided the first as his fierce cross was turned home by Ruben Dias to draw Germany level. Borussia Dortmund man Raphael Guerreiro then became the second Portugal player to fire into his own net, as Joachim Löw's side roared into the lead.
They further extended that advantage less than quarter of an hour after the break, with Gosens again instrumental. The left-back this time laid on Kai Havertz to tap into an empty net as Germany took up a two-goal lead. That was quickly turned into three as the superb Gosens this time got himself on the scoresheet as Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich picked him out at the back post to head home. Portugal eventually got a second as Diego Jota found the back of the net with just over 20 minutes to play, but Germany were in control as they saw out the match and put their first three points on the board in Group F and leapfrog the holders into second place with one game to go.
- Gosens has been involved in four goals in his last three matches for Germany in all competitions (two goals, two assists).
- This is the first time that a reigning European champion has conceded four goals in a single match in the competition.
- In what is their 67th major tournament match (at both FIFA World Cups and the Euros), Portugal have conceded four goals for only a second time - both against Germany (also at the 2014 World Cup).
- Germany have more goals in this match (four) than they had in their last six games at the Euros and World Cup combined (three).
- Aged 22 years and eight days old, Havertz is Germany's youngest ever goalscorer in a European Championship game, and youngest at any major tournament (World Cup/Euros) since Thomas Müller against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup (20 years, 300 days).
- Germany are the first side in European Championship history to both score and benefit from an own goal in the same tournament. Portugal are the first European nation ever to concede two own goals in a single match at a major tournament (World Cup or Euros).
Portugal: Patricio - Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro - Danilo, Carvalho – B. Silva (Sanches 46'), Fernandes (Moutinho 64'), Jota (A. Silva 83') - Ronaldo (c)
Unused subs: Lopes, Rui Silva, Fonte, Rafa Silva, Guedes, Neves, Goncalves, Dalot, Palhinha
Out: Cancelo (not included)
Coach: Fernando Santos
Germany: Neuer (c) - Ginter, Hummels (Can 62'), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Kroos, Gündogan (Süle 73'), Gosens (Halstenberg 62') - Havertz (Goretzka 73'), Müller, Gnabry (Sane 87')
Unused subs: Leno, Trapp, Volland, Werner, Neuhaus, Koch, Günter
Out: Hofmann (knee), Klostermann (thigh)
Coach: Joachim Löw
As it happened