After world champion France was forced to draw with Hungary, Germany beat Portugal 4-2 in Munich on Saturday to get their Euro 2020 activities back on track and open Group F.
In the game late on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski’s second-half header gave Poland a 1-1 draw with Spain in Sevilla, forcing the hosts to draw for the second consecutive game in Group E , Because the second round of the game was tied in the group stage. shut down.
France’s earlier 1-1 draw with Hungary in Budapest and Germany’s victory meant that in the last Group F match on Wednesday, when Germany played Hungary at home and France played Portugal at home, everyone could do it. Participate in the competition.
“In general, it was a great performance: great attitude and great morale,” said Germany coach Joachim Lev.
“We have to play every game like today. We need to put pressure on our opponents before we can take it step by step,” he added.
After Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 107th international goal-making him two goals less than Aridei’s all-time record-giving Portugal an early lead, the German roared back with four outstanding goals .
Portuguese defenders Ruben Diaz and Rafael Guerrero both scored their goals, giving Germany a 2-1 lead in the half of the 2020 European Cup in Munich.
Portugal became the first team in the European Cup to score two own goals in a single game.
Kay Havertz’s goal highlighted Germany’s dominance, and then left-back Robin Gosenz contributed two assists in the German team’s fourth game, thus ending his best game performance.
When Diogo Jota used Ronaldo’s hook volley to rewrite the score to 4-2 with 23 minutes left in the game, Portugal counterattacked.
Germany continues to dominate Portugal. Since the 2000 European Cup, they have defeated Portugal in the World Cup or European Championship finals five times in a row.
“Germany is a better team and I am responsible for this (failure), but whether we make progress now depends on us and how we respond,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
Compared with Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat of France, Germany created a lot of opportunities, while Portugal lacked composure in the 3-0 defeat of Hungary that day.
When Havertz’s substitute Leon Gorecka opened fire after another fierce attack by the hosts, Germany nearly scored the fifth goal.
This is the first time Portugal has conceded 4 goals since it lost 0-4 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.
Hungary owns France
Earlier in the day, the French team, the pre-match favorite, was defeated by Hungary in the heat and had to draw 1-1 from behind in front of nearly 56,000 hostile crowds in Budapest.
In the only European Cup 2020 venue that is not affected by COVID-19 and has no capacity restrictions, Attila Fiola defeated the French defense in stoppage time in the first half, giving the hosts a shocking lead. .
But the 2016 European Cup Golden Boot winner Antoine Griezmann equalized the score in 66 minutes, because the unconvincing France avoided its first competitive defeat since June 2019.
“A point is not what we hope to get from this game, but we will accept it in this situation,” French coach Didier Deschamps admitted.
Les Bleus led the group with 4 points, 1 point ahead of Germany and Portugal, and Hungary finished bottom with 1 point.
Therefore, the French team only needs to draw when they face Portugal in Budapest on Wednesday to advance, but if Portugal loses and Germany avoids losing to Hungary, they may be eliminated.
For the Hungarians, the qualifying round is still far away, but their striker Fiora said it was “one of the best days of my life, and even the best day”.
Spain’s fight against Poland
Late Saturday, a 1-1 draw between Spain and Poland ensured that all four 2020 European Group E teams can still advance as they enter the final round on Wednesday.
Spanish forward Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock in the 25th minute and swooped to bring home Gerard Moreno’s pass into the penalty area. Although the linesman’s offside sign postponed the celebration, he scored after a VAR review. ball.
Lewandowski tied the score with a towering header from Kamil Jozwiak’s cross in the 54th minute. Four minutes later, Moreno’s penalty shot from the left post. Morata missed the rebound and had several opportunities in the second half.
The draw put Sweden ahead of Group E with 4 points, Slovakia ranked second with 3 points, Spain ranked third with 2 points, and Poland finished bottom with 1 point. When Spain faces Slovakia on Wednesday, Sweden will face Poland in the final match.