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Portugal score two own goals in four minutes to gift Germany comeback in Euro 2020 thriller

Germany were gifted their opening two goals as Joachim Low’s side came from behind to defeat Portugal in their second game of Group F at Euro 2020.

Twice A Seleção turned the ball into their own net and manager Fernando Santos could only watch in despair as their first half-lead evaporated before his very eyes.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s superb counter-attacking goal had given Portugal the lead, totally against the run of play, with Germany spurning some great early chances.

It was Ronaldo’s 12th goal in the European Championships with the Portuguese legend now standing outright as the tournament’s leading all-time top goalscorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal’s first goal against Germany in their second group game at Euro 2020

But then calamity struck, with Ruben Dias and then Raphaël Guerreiro both turning the ball into their own net in the space of four minutes.

As a result, Portugal became the first European nation to concede two own goals in a single match at a major tournament and there have now already been more own goals in this tournament than at any other European Championship.

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Portugal's Ruben Dias could only turn the ball into his own net as Germany came from behind to beat Portugal 4-2
Portugal’s Ruben Dias could only turn the ball into his own net as Germany came from behind to beat Portugal 4-2

To make matters worse, Germany’s scoring was not over. Kai Havertz and Gosens doubled their tally to leave Portugal looking ordinary, even after Diogo Jota’s consolation.

The result leaves Portugal third in Group F with a difficult final game against World Cup winners France on Wednesday evening.

It will serve a huge wake-up call to Ronaldo and co who will need a much better showing if they are to make it through to the knockout stages.

The win lifts Germany up to second in Group F who now look destined for the knockout stages
The win lifts Germany up to second in Group F who now look destined for the knockout stages

As for Germany, they leap into second place, a point behind Les Blues, but with an appealing last game against Hungary, Joachim Low may be eyeing up top spot.

If France were to drop points to Portugal in their final Group F fixture, a win in Munich would see the Germans leapfrog Didier Deschamps’ men into first.

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