Germany off the mark with win over Portugal

Germany have earned their first points of Euro 2020 by beating Portugal 4-2.

Two own goals gave Germany the lead at half-time before Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens netted in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given Portugal an early lead and Diogo Jota scored late on.

The result leaves Group F wide open going into the final group game with just three points separating all four teams.

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It took just 15 minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to put Portugal ahead when he finished from close range after some great work from Diogo Jota.

That lead did not last though and it was Ruben Dias who sliced the ball into his own net when trying to clear a cross.

For the first time in Euros history, two own goals were scored in the same game. Raphael Guerreiro sent the ball past his own goalkeeper when trying to cut out a pass to give Germany the lead.

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Germany gained even more of a foothold on the game shortly after the restart when Gosens found Havertz in a good position to score into an open goal.

It was Gosens himself who added Germany’s fourth, rising highest to meet a Joshua Kimmich cross to head in from close range.

Jota tapped in with 23 minutes remaining after a free-kick fell to Ronaldo to play the ball across the six-yard box to the Liverpool man.

Renato Sanches nearly pulled another back late on but his shot struck off the left post.

Cover Photo: “Euro 2020 street lights in Bucharest” by wuestenigel is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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