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Euro 2020: Germany defeats defending champions Portugal 4-2

Munich: Germany got their Euro 2020 campaign back on track — and blew Group F wide open — with a 4-2 romp against Portugal in Munich. 

After Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his 107th international goal, leaving him two short of Ali Daei’s all-time record, to give Portugal an early lead, the Germans roared back with four unanswered goals. German pressure forced own goals by Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro to put the hosts 2-1 up at half-time.

A Kai Havertz goal underlined Germany’s dominance before left-back Robin Gosens capped his man-of-the-match display by heading in Germany’s fourth goal to add to his two assists.

Portugal hit back when Diogo Jota tapped in Ronaldo’s hooked volley to make it 4-2 with 23 minutes left.

Germany continued their domination of Portugal, who they have now beaten five consecutive times at World Cup or European Championship finals since Euro 2000.

Germany created a huge amount of chances compared to 1-0 defeat by France, while Portugal lacked the composure of their 3-0 win over Hungary the same day.

This is the first time Portugal have conceded four goals since losing 4-0 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

With the result, France (4 points) remained atop the standings in Group F followed by Germany (3 points), Portugal (3 points) and Hungary (1 point).

With a win over Hungary on June 23, Germany can secure their progression, while holders Portugal face a tough task with France.

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Sunil Chhetri now 3 short of Pele’s 77 international goals

Doha: Ace forward Sunil Chhetri has become the world’s second most prolific goal scorer among the active players — his tally of 74 is second only to Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo’s 103 — but the India captain is not counting them as yet. In the all-time goal scorers’ list, Chhetri is three goals short of Pele’s 77 goals.

Even FIFA, the game’s world governing body, acknowledged Chhetri’s feat.

“He’s now got more than Messi! Sunil Chhetri’s double earns the Blue Tigers a 2-0 win in #WCQ and moves him on to 74 international goals — above Lionel Messi and one off entering world football’s all-time top 10,” FIFA tweeted.

Chhetri is the only Indian player to have scored his international goals in three decades. He scored his first goal against Cambodia on August 17, 2007, in a Nehru Cup match at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. In that match, too, Chhteri had scored a brace in India’s 6-0 win.

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