The Germans sent a message to the rest of Europe on Saturday night when they stunned holders Portugal with an incredible comeback in an emphatic 6 goal thriller.
Having lost their opening game against France, Germany were looking for efficiency against Portugal with no goals scored and no points in the standings.
Cristiano Ronaldo signaled his intensions early in the 15th minute; the Portuguese skipper scored his 107th international goal after a swift counter attack but the Germans found their rythm early pushing the defending Champions into their own half.
The pressure paid off with two own goals in the space of five minutes late in the first half, with Kai Havertz’s strike deflecting in by Ruben Dias from six yards followed by Raphael Guerreiro finding his own net from a Joshua Kimmich cut back.
Portugal responded and tried to fight off a well-organized German side but Havertz made it 3-1 before Robin Gosens capped off a fine individual performance by heading in the fourth on the hour.
Portugal substituted Bernardo Silva for Renato Sanches at the break who shot from a long distance but hit against the woodwork.
The win leaves an open group with Germany on three points behind Group F leaders France with four points, followed by title holders Portugal on three points and Hungary bottom with a point.
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, William Carvalho (Rafa Silva 58); Diogo Jota (André Silva 83), Bruno Fernandes (Moutinho 64), Bernardo Silva (Renato Sanches 46); Ronaldo
Germany: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels (Can 63), Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan (Süle 73), Kroos, Gosens (Halstenberg 62); Havertz (Goretzka 73), Müller; Gnabry (Sané 87)
Acknowledgement: Betway Ghana ( Headline Sponsor)
Mark F. | SilverFM