A day full of Euros in Euro 2020 made Germany win 4-2, Hungary beat France 1-1 and Poland face Spain.
Germany put their Euro 2020 campaign back on track and opened Group F on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Portugal in Munich on Saturday, after France, the world champions, were forced to settle for the draw with Hungary.
Last Saturday’s game saw Spain face Poland and their prolific striker Robert Lewandowski in Seville in Group E, when the second round of matches in the group stage of the tournament ends.
France’s 1-1 draw with Hungary before in Budapest and Germany’s victory mean that there is everything to play in the last Group F matches on Wednesday, when the Germans will host Hungary and the French will face the starters of Portugal.
“Overall, it was a great performance – a great attitude and great morale,” German coach Joachim Loew said.
“We have to play every game like today. We have to put pressure on the opponent and then we can go step by step “, he added.
After Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his 107th international goal (leaving him two below Ali Daei’s all-time record) to advance to Portugal, the Germans roared again with four unanswered goals.
Portuguese defenders Ruben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro put the ball into their own net to give Germany a 2-1 lead at half-time in their Euro 2020 match in Munich.
Portugal has become the first team to score two goals of their own in a match at the European Championships.
A Kai Havertz goal underscored Germany’s dominance before left-back Robin Gosens finished his man-of-the-match display in Germany’s quarter-final to add to his two assists.
Portugal was right when Diogo Jota touched Ronaldo’s hooked volley to make it 4-2 with 23 minutes left.
Germany continued to dominate Portugal, whom it has beaten five times in a row in the World Cup or European Championship finals since Euro 2000.
“Germany was the best team and I take responsibility for this (defeat), but if we progress now it is up to us and how we will respond,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.
Germany created a plethora of chances compared to France’s 1-0 defeat on Tuesday, while Portugal did not have the peace of mind of a 3-0 win over Hungary on the same day.
Germany almost scored a fifth goal in the end when Havertz’s replacement, Leon Goretzka, fired after another growing attack from the hosts.
This is the first time Portugal have conceded four goals since losing 4-0 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.
Hungary occupies France
Earlier in the day, France, the pre-tournament favorite, were frustrated by Hungary with the intense heat and in front of a hostile crowd of almost 56,000 in Budapest, who had to come from behind to draw 1-1.
At the only venue of Euro 2020 without capacity restrictions due to COVID-19, Attila Fiola gave the hosts a shock advantage in stoppage time in the first half after capturing France’s defense.
But Antoine Griezmann, winner of the Golden Boot at Euro 2016, tied in 66 minutes, as an unconvincing France avoided a first competitive defeat since June 2019.
“One point is not what we expected from this match, but we will take it in the circumstances,” admitted French coach Didier Deschamps.
Les Bleus leads the group with four points, one ahead of Germany and Portugal, with Hungary at one point.
So France only need a draw when they face Portugal on Wednesday in Budapest, but Portugal run the real risk of being eliminated if they lose and Germany avoid defeat against Hungary.
The classification remains a long shot for the Hungarians, but their goal scorer Fiola said it had been “one of the best days of my life, even the best”.