Cristiano Ronaldo sprints 92 metres in 14.27 seconds to score 12th Euros goal as Portugal suffer defeat to Germany


Germany came from behind to beat Portugal 4-2 at Euro 2020 on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given Portugal a 15th-minute lead against the run of play when he headed away a corner and ran 92 metres in 14.27 seconds to put his country ahead.

Ronaldo is on three goals at Euro 2020 as he chases the Golden Boot

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Ronaldo is on three goals at Euro 2020 as he chases the Golden Boot

Germany outplayed Portugal in large parts of the match

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Germany outplayed Portugal in large parts of the match

But Germany did not let that setback affect them thanks to two own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro in four minutes, before Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens got on the scoresheet in the second-half.

Diogo Jota scored a consolation goal to give Portugal slim hope of getting back in the game, however, Joachim Low’s men ensured there was no comeback.

France are on four points with Germany and Portugal on three each heading into the final group game.

Germany came out firing at the start of the match and thought they had opened the scoring through Robin Gosens in the fifth minute.

However, VAR ruled the goal out as Serge Gnabry was adjudged to be offside when he made an attempt to play the ball before it reached Gosens.

Havertz then forced a good save from Rui Patricio before Portugal struck through their talisman.

Ronaldo is still going strong at 36

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Ronaldo is still going strong at 36

Breaking from a corner, Ronaldo ran the length of the pitch to ensure he was in the right position at the right time when Jota squared the ball to him to tap in.

When it looked like Portugal might go into half-time with the lead, two own goals in quick succession turned the game on its head.

Dias turned in Gosens’ cross in the 35th minute, before Guerreiro did exactly the same shortly afterwards when trying to cut out Joshua Kimmich’s pass.

Patricio stopped the scoreline from increasing just before half-time as he did well to deny Gosens and Gnabry.

Gosens was the provider once more when Havertz tapped home his cross six minutes after the restart.

Havertz scored his first goal at a major international tournament

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Havertz scored his first goal at a major international tournament

And Gosens then got the goal his attacking display deserved as the wing-back headed in a Kimmich cross nine minutes later.

Jota pulled a goal back for Portugal in the 67th minute as they threatened a comeback.

It would have been a nervy remaining 11 minutes if Renato Sanches’ thunderbolt had not hit the post, but Germany comfortably saw the game out to get their first win of the tournament.





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