Two own goals and scores from Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens helped Germany to a convincing 4-2 win against Portugal in the Euro 2020 side game in Munich on Saturday.
It was a much-needed win for Germany – which had lost its opening game to France earlier this week – and a clinical attacking display that put Joachim Low level with Portugal in Group F.
In the highest scoring game of the tournament to date, Cristiano delivered Ronaldo defending Portugal have an early lead as he completed a fluid counter-attack.
Ronaldo started the move himself when he headed the ball away from a corner to launch a breakthrough in Portugal via Bernardo Silva.
Silva then lifted the ball to Diogo Jota, who crossed over to Ronaldo for a simple finish after sprinting across the field. It was the 36-year-old’s 107th international goal, trailing Iran’s Ali Daei by two.
However, Germany struck back and led at halftime after Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro each scored their own goals in the space of four minutes as they struggled with dangerous crosses in the penalty area.
Germany extended their lead at the start of the second half when a well-crafted move for Gosens found room in the Portugal box. He picked Havertz out with a cross and the Chelsea attacker tapped in from close range.
Gosens then scored himself on the hour when he headed in a perfectly placed cross from Joshua Kimmich at the back post, and suddenly Germany had opened an impressive 4-1 lead. It took seven minutes for Portugal to get one back when Ronaldo knocked back a free kick in front of the goal, allowing Jota to get in from close range.
Both sides continued to attack in the closing stages and Portugal nearly moved into third place when Renato Sanches blasted a shot into the post. But Germany, looking confident the entire time, saw the game out and took a well-deserved win ahead of the final group game against Hungary.
In the group’s other match, world champions France was held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary. Attila Fiola’s goal just before half-time gave Hungary an unlikely lead in Budapest, sparking wild celebrations in a packed Puskas Arena.
But France, who dominated most of the game, equalized after an hour when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris found Kylian Mbappe with a long pass, whose deflected cross was completed by Antoine Griezmann. France remains top of the group with four points before it plays against Portugal on Wednesday.