The Germans returning to winning ways, turning back the clock to the wonder years. Recovering from a counter attacking opening goal from Ronaldo, the Germans’ positive play rewarded with two own goals just before half time from Raphael and Dias.
What’s the best way to respond to critics? In the pitch perform and they will be put to shame. Gnabry and Havertz ran the show, the latter rewarded with a goal for his tenacity. Gossens got into the Portuguese half more than he did against France and it was effective. He even got the fourth the Atalanta full back. Got to be a hard ass on the Germans again. They put the foot off the paddle after the fourth pulling out the attacking players in favor of a pragmatic approach and safety. Portugal accepted the invitation to attack,got a second from Diogo Jota. Great work again from the evergreen Ronaldo who never gave up on a seemingly outward bound ball. Fantastic example to the young players. Lille central midfielder Renato Sanches struck the post in late on with a shot that could have brought down the house.
After the French draw in Budapest, first place is still up for grabs in the group of death. Even the Hungarians still in it they need a win against Germany in their final game.