DFB team has their eyes on the round of 16 after a 4-2 spectacle
Germany has all the trump cards in hand in the fight for a place in the European Championship round of 16. The DFB team defeated Portugal 4-2.
Munich. Robin Gosens Spread his arms, sprinted off and slid on his knees in the direction of the corner flag of the Munich arena. The German left-back had every reason to be happy, he had just scored the goal to make it 4-1 against Portugal after an hour and thus crowned his outstanding performance on that day: In the 4-2 (2-1) victory in the second group game of the European Championship if he had scored one goal himself, prepared two more directly and was also involved in the fourth. When he was replaced a little later, he was celebrated with chants.
DFB team now has all the trumps in hand
The mood in the stands was splendid, no wonder: thanks to a strong performance and the well-deserved victory against the reigning European champions four days after the 0-1 win against France, the German team prevented the premature end of the European Championship – and now everyone in the fight for the round of 16 Trumps in hand.
It had national coach Joachim Löw Not that much changed, at least in terms of personnel: The same eleven players played against France. Same setup, different attitude – that was the plan. The players should show more courage, more punch, and play consistently in the dangerous areas.
Germany benefits from two own goals
And that’s exactly what the German internationals did in the early stages, they moved forward quickly and directly. And the 14,500 spectators were allowed to cheer very early – but only for a short time: Matthias Ginter crossed sharply inwards, Serge Gnabry missed in the center, but Robin Gosens shot acrobatically at the far post. But Gnabry was slightly sidelined and, in the opinion of referee Anthony Taylor, actively intervened – the goal did not count (5th).
But at first it only went in one direction: Portugal’s game looked wild and disordered, the German one gripping. Gnabry penetrated the penalty area on the right, but was stopped (7th). Kai Havertz pulled from 20 meters, goalkeeper Rui Patricio let go, but Gnabry could not use the rebound (10th). Toni Kroos pulled from the left edge of the box, but was blocked (12th).
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But then a German corner backfired completely, Portugal countered quickly and precisely. Bernardo Silva played a precise long ball Diogo Jotawho crossed freely in front of Manuel Neuer. Cristiano Ronaldo only needed to slide it in (15.). It was the Portuguese star’s first goal against Germany, and it had never been made so easy for him.
The goal turned the course of the game on its head, the German team now had their backs against the wall – and it took a while to fight. But then Joshua Kimmich played a wonderful shift from the right to Gosens, who volleyed the ball sharply inwards – and Ruben Dias steered the ball forward Kai Havertz into your own network (35th). Finally the first tournament hit, and that also had an effect. More attacks quickly rolled in the direction of the Portuguese gate. Gosens served Müller, who crossed, Havertz passed on, Kimmich gave sharply inside – and this time Dortmund professional met Raphael Warrior into own goal (39th).
Gnabry could even have increased stoppage time when he missed a failed back pass, Pepe played dizzy, but his shot failed at goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Nevertheless: at the break, the German team was on course, and deservedly.
Best man on the pitch: Robin Gosens
After the break, she seemed to slow down the pace in the glowing furnace of Munich – only to dissect the Portuguese back team in a wonderful combination. In the end, Müller gave Gosens outside and pressed his sharp cross Havertz over the line (51st) – finally a personal hit on the right side.
And soon another should follow: Kimmich crossed – and Gosens headed for 4: 1 (60th). The game should have been finally decided, but the weakness in set pieces remains an issue, both front and back: When a free kick from the half-field fell, the entire German back team fell asleep, Ronaldo artistically steered the ball inwards and Diogo Jota pushed in (67 .). And after a brief corner kick, Renato Sanches shot the post from a distance (79th).
But the German team mostly managed to calm the game and keep the ball away from their own goal. And so there was a well-deserved victory in a lavish football festival, which was only very slightly clouded by personnel concerns: Mats Hummels had to be replaced after a good hour – apparently the knee pinched again.