Portugal 2-4 Germany: Germany bounce back after Ronaldo gave Portugal the early lead

Own goals in a quick succession by Ruben Dias, and Raphael Guerreiro handed over the advantage to Germany. Ronaldo and Jota ended with 1 goal and 1 assist each.

Cristiano Ronaldo-Pepe-Marcel Halstenberg-Portugal vs Germany
Cristiano Ronaldo-Pepe-Marcel Halstenberg-Portugal vs Germany /IMAGO

Germany picked up a 4-2 win over Portugal in the European Championships earlier today.

The visitors were thoroughly dominant, and they picked up a vital win after a poor performance in their opening game of the tournament.

Goals from Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens in the second half and a couple of own goals from Portugal in the first half ensured all three points for the Germans.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese superstar continues to make an impact on his side. After his brace from the opening game of the tournament, Ronaldo followed up on with another impressive performance today.

The 35-year-old scored the opening goal of the game and chipped in with an assist in the second half as well.

Ronaldo is currently the top scorer in the European Championships, and it will be interesting to see if he can guide his side to the next round of the competition.

Abysmal defensive performance from Portugal

Portugal started the game well and took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, but they were responsible for their own downfall as Ruben Dias, and Raphael Guerreiro scored own goals in the first half.

These happened in a quick succession, but the German influence on these own-goals cannot be ruled out. The Portuguese looked rattled during that period.

The defending champions will have to tighten up at the back if they want to win the competition this year.

Robin Gosens – the stand out player for Germany

The Atalanta full-back was in exceptional form today, and he dominated the game from the left flank.

The defender helped put the game beyond Portugal by setting up an impressive goal from Kai Havertz five minutes into the second half, and he wrapped up the scoring for Germany on the 60th minute with a well-taken goal himself.

He was solid at the back and lethal going forward.