Germany are set to host Portugal on June 19, in one of the most important matches of the group stage.
Having lost their first game against world champions, France, Germany now must test themselves against European Champions Portugal, in what is to be their most important game of the group stage. The Germans once again have the advantage of playing at home and Allianz Arena stadium in a match that if won, will at least boost their chance of getting to the next stage. Joachim Lowe’s men will be desperate not to repeat their embarrassing results from the World Cup.
Portugal on the other hand, walks into the match as European champions and boosted by the fact that they won their first game 3-0 against Hungary. With Cristiano Ronaldo leading the team, Fernando Santos’ men won’t be satisfied with anything other than a win. In fact, they’re tipped to do so but as a lot of football fans know, you never count Germany out, especially when they’re playing at home. So now with the stage set, let’s see how these teams are faring going into this match as well as all the other nitty gritty details about the match.
While Germany’s last 4 outings against Portugal have all ended up with a win for Mannschaft, this nostalgic fixture couldn’t have come at a worse time for them. The two teams have had vastly different fortunes as of late and Portugal are favorites going into this game but let’s first examine how both teams arrived at the Euros:
Portugal heads into the Euros as 2016 European champions and are set to defend their title, having one of the best squad of players in the tournament. Fernando Santos’Portugal
squad has little resemblance to the one that won Euro 2016 but that seems to be for the better since the addition ofBernardo Silva
, Bruno Fernandes,Joao Felix
and Ruben Dias has greatly boosted their chances of winning the competition again.
They qualified for Euro 2020 as the Group B runner-ups behind Ukraine, by winning 5 and drawing 2 of their 8 games and finishing above the likes of Serbia and Luxemburg. Cristiano Ronaldo was as usual their top goalscorer with 11 goals as well as being the 2nd best goal scorer in the qualifying stages behind England’s Harry Kane.
’s humiliating 2018 World Cup displays, Joachim Lowe looks to avoid another humiliation in Euro 2020 but so far they’ve made a slow start by losing to France in their first fixture. Thomas Muller andMats Hummels
both scored when Portugal and Germany last met 7 years ago and the fact that Lowe had to recall these players to bolster his squad should tell you all about how bad his squad rebuild has fared recently!
Although they qualified quite comfortably for the Euros in a group that also involved the Netherlands, withGnabry
’s top scorer (8 goals). But even at that stage, the warning signs for the Germans were there. Their 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands eventually led them to one of their most embarrassing losses in November of last year, as Spain thrashed them in a 6-0 victory.
Now let’s move onto the Portugal and Germany’s current form and their squad situation:
Portugal goes into the match having lost only once in their last 14 matches. The Navigators have won a Nations League A as well since becoming European champions in 2016. They’re considered as heavy favorites to win Euro 2020 or at the least reach the final stages of the tournament.
And by patiently chipping away at Hungary’s defense to finally score 3 goals in the last 10 minutes of their first game, Portugal have shown that they’ve what it takes to challenge for the title in Euro 2020. They go into this match in high spirits, hoping to break Germany’s streak of four wins against Portugal.
are no slouches either as they have players likeKimmich
and Hummels at the back,Kroos
and Gundogan in midfield and Muller alongside Gnabry in attack, led by their legendary goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. They have won 6 and lost 3 of their last 14 games but have shown that they’re struggling in defense even when they win matches as they've struggled to keep a clean sheet.
Despite their recent results and their loss against France in the first match, Germans are playing at home and are desperate for a win, which will no doubt give them the extra motivation to win. For Lowe personally, this is one of the most important matches of his career as a loss would mean another elimination from the group stage. Something that he certainly doesn’t want to repeat.
The two teams have played together quite often in various competitions. Germany has the upper hand though by winning 10 of their 18 matches, with Portugal only winning 3. Germany have won their last 4 matches against Portugal with 2 of those 4 meeting taking places in Euros (2008 and 2012) and the other two in the World Cup (2006 and 2014)
The last time these two met was at the 2014 World Cup group stages. Germany won the game 4-0, with the help of a Thomas Muller hat-trick and a goal from Mats Hummels, both players who are still in Germany’s starting 11.
Portugal will be playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the attack. Joao Cancelo is set to miss his second consecutive game due to COVID-19, with Nelson Semedo filling in his place again. Portugal’s possible starting line-up will be: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, William Carvalho; Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva; Ronaldo
Germany on the other hand will go with a 3-4-2-1 formation that sees Joshua Kimmich as a right-wing-back. Leon Goretzka is back in the squad but it’s doubtful that he’ll start. Jonas Hoffman is
’s only injured player. Germany’s starting line-up will possibly be unchanged, with it consisting of: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Müller; Gnabry
is always the player to watch in any game he appears in. Portugal’s talisman is determined to break Ali Daei’s record of most international goals, being only 3 goals away from the Iranian’s record of 109 goals. besides him, Bruno Fernandes will also play a big role in the game when Portugal is going forward.
While prior to the first match against France it seemed thatThomas Muller
would be the player that impacted Germany the most, his lackluster performance has made us question that. The Bavarian may still get to play a big role but it will be Serge Gnabry who’ll most likely have the biggest impact on Germany going forward. Gnabry was excellent for Germany in the qualifying stages and will look to repeat that here as well.
This a must-win game for Joachim Lowe and Germany, as the decorated German manager, will hope to finish his tenure on a high note rather than repeating the humiliating results of the 2018 World Cup. But unfortunately for him, Portugal has one of the best teams in the tournament and aren’t likely to back down against an unorganized Germany. We reckon that the game will probably end in a draw though. perhaps a 1-1.
Anthony Taylor, who had a harrowing experience in the Finland vs Denmark match, will be officiating the Portugal vs Germany clash. The Englishman was praised for how quickly he handled Christian Eriksen’s situation. A favorite of English FA, Taylor is only the second referee in history to have officiated 2 FA Cup finals.
Taylor is accompanied by his team of compatriots, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, as assistant referees on the pitch with the fourth and fifth officials being the Serbian team of Srdan Jovanovic and Uros Stojkovic. Juan Martínez Munuera from Spain will be serving as the match’s Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and he is helped by Jose Martinez, Inigo de Cerain and Alejandro Hernandez, all from Spain.
Date: Tuesday, June 19
Kick off Time: 18 pm GMT
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
TV: ITV (UK)
Live stream: ITV Hub
Odds: Portugal 11/5; Draw 23/10; Germany 27/20 (Unibet)