Germany recovered from a goal down to lay down a real marker at UEFA EURO 2020, winning 4-2 against defending champions, Portugal, on Saturday to throw Group F, regarded as the tournament’s “group od death”, wide open.
Germany went on the attack from the off in Munich, thriving on the vibrancy offered by their wing-backs. The man on the left, Robin Gosens, even found the net but his well-taken finish was ruled out for offside.
Back they came, wave after wave, but Portugal repelled them before the sucker punch: Cristiano Ronaldo starting and finishing a thrilling counterattack.
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.
By the hour mark, it was 4-1 as the brilliant Gosens headed in a cross from Joshua Kimmich.
Portugal pulled one back through Diogo Jota, who converted from a Ronaldo cutback, but the defending champions were unable to mount a comeback.
Additional reporting from BBC and UEFA.com