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Portugal vs Germany, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Munich, Allianz Arena




Reigning champions Portugal looking to cement position at top of Group F against Germany

  • Germany were beaten in their opening game by France
  • Another defeat here would see them unlikely to reach top two spots
  • Portugal ran out 3-0 winners against Hungary and now fly to Munich

Portugal 1-1 Germany

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Munich, Allianz Arena

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Portugal left it late to see off a stiff Hungarian challenge in their opening game, with a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helping his country score three late goals and seal three valuable points.

They currently sit top of Group F, ahead of France who won their game 1-0. When they won the tournament back in 2016, they didn’t win any of their group games, so they will already see this as a step in the right direction.

Should they win here, they are likely to secure a top two finish, although will have to play France in the final group game.

Germany were beaten as many expected they would against France. It was a marginal victory, although France were the side who looked as though they had more gears to go into, whereas Germany looked a little short on ideas going forward.

If they can’t find a way to goal here, it could spell disaster for them.

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World Ranking: 5

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 2016

Predicted Finish This Year: Semi Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Showed class in front of goal in final 10 minutes

     Ronaldo will be determined to secure top scorer’s award

Reasons to be fearful:

     Germany are very rarely beaten twice in a row

     Lost their last four fixtures against Germany

For all Portugal’s quality, they will be wary of a rebound from the Germans here, especially given their poor recent record against them.

They have been beaten on the last four occasions by their opponents here, including a 4-0 thrashing back in the 2014 World Cup.

They are, however, on a seven-game unbeaten run right now, and confidence will be high coming into this game. Should they win it, they will surely book their place in the Round of 16 with a game to spare. Their thoughts will most likely be on not losing it, however.

Manager Santos will be tempted to make a few changes here to keep things fresh, but could end up opting for the same team which won a few days ago.

Star Man – Cristiano Ronaldo

Is now the Euros all-time top scorer after scoring twice in the first match.

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World Ranking: 12

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1972/1980/1996

Predicted Finish This Year: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Good record over Portugal, especially in major tournaments

     Have a deep squad to make changes after the last game

Reasons to be fearful:

     Were poor against France with little attacking edge

     Defeat here will make it impossible to finish in the top two

Jurgen Low’s last tournament as Germany manager got off to a poor start with an equally poor performance against France.

Losing 1-0 to the world champions is nothing to be ashamed of, but they created so little in front of goal and looked a shadow of former Germany teams in decades gone by.

There will be the temptation of changing the team a little, with the likes of Leroy Sane potentially coming in to bring pace and directness.

Although a win is preferable for Germany here, they would take a point and hope that they can outscore Hungary in their final group game in a few days time.

Anything less than a point here could be disastrous.

Star Man – Leroy Sane

Has pace to burn as well as quick feet and an eye for goal. Probably represents a better choice than Havertz right now.

     Should be an even contest

     Goals at both ends

     Germany must avoid defeat at all costs

Germany’s first thought will be to not lose the match.

Despite their 3-0 victory, Portugal were not exceptional against Hungary, and Germany will not be intimidated by their opponents here.

Should they score first, Germany’s confidence will build. However, Portugal possess some fabulous players at the peak of their powers, and you feel they won’t come away from this empty handed.

Portugal 1-1 Germany


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Author: Ross B.