UEFA Euro: Germany Thrash Portugal...

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UEFA Euro: Germany Thrash Portugal

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:04 PM, 20 June 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Germany got their Euro 2020 campaign back on track as they tore Portugal apart with an impressive attacking performance to throw Group F wide open in Munich on Saturday. 

Germany's win means both these sides now sit on three points, one behind group leaders France, heading into a pivotal final round of fixtures on Wednesday when the Germans host Hungary and the French meet holders Portugal. 

Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens was the architect with a goal and an assist, earning an ovation from the Allianz Arena crowd as he was replaced just after the hour mark.

Cristiano Ronaldo had put the visitors ahead, continuing his record-breaking campaign with his third goal of the tournament and 12th European Championship strike of all time.

But two own goals in the space of five first-half minutes flipped an entertaining encounter in Germany's favour, as first Ruben Dias and then Raphael Guerreiro turned into their own net.

The influential Gosens laid on a third immediately after the break with an inviting ball that allowed Kai Havertz to tap in from close range, before heading in Germany's fourth himself. 

Diogo Jota poked in from Ronaldo's cutback but the defending champions were unable to mount a comeback. 

This is the first time Portugal have conceded four goals since losing 4-0 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.  

Germany host Hungary, who earlier on Saturday held France to a draw, while Portugal face the world champions in the final game with all four nations still able to progress.