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Portugal vs Germany: UEFA EURO 2020 match background, facts and stats

A competitive Group F features another heavyweight contest on Matchday 2 as holders Portugal visit three-time winners Germany.

Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates as Cristiano Ronaldo looks on at the 2014 World Cup
Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates as Cristiano Ronaldo looks on at the 2014 World Cup AFP via Getty Images

Matchday 2 in UEFA EURO 2020 Group F brings another heavyweight contest as holders Portugal travel to Munich to take on three-time champions Germany.

• Germany already have ground to make up in the section having gone down 1-0 to France in their opening fixture, Mats Hummels' 20th-minute own goal separating the sides at the Football Arena Munich.

• That left Germany three points adrift of both France and Portugal, who finally saw off Hungary in Budapest in the final ten minutes on Matchday 1. Raphaël Guerreiro's deflected goal broke the deadlock in the 84th minute at the Puskás Aréna before Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty (87) and then slotted in his second goal and Portugal's third two minutes into added time.

• Ronaldo is now the outright top scorer in EURO final tournaments, with 11 goals; he had been level with previous record holder Michel Platini on nine. The Portugal forward is also the first player to feature, and score, in five EURO final tournaments.

Previous meetings

• The most recent of the sides' 18 contests came in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage, Thomas Müller scoring a hat-trick and Hummels supplying the other goal in a 4-0 Germany win in Salvador, Brazil on their way to lifting the trophy. Portugal lost Pepe to a 37th-minute red card, by which time they were two goals down.

• That made it four successive Germany victories against Portugal, who have not beaten the Mannschaft since a 3-0 triumph on Matchday 3 at UEFA EURO 2000. Sérgio Conceição scored a hat-trick in Rotterdam to confirm holders Germany's elimination from the competition.

EURO 2000 highlights: Portugal 3-0 Germany

• Germany, however, have since beaten Portugal 3-1 in the third-place play-off at the 2006 World Cup and twice at EURO final tournaments. Joachim Löw's side were 3-2 victors in Basel in the UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals, before Mario Gomez scored the only goal in the group stage in Lviv four years later.

• Those results mean Germany have won ten of the 18 matches between the sides, compared to three Portuguese victories. One of those Portuguese successes came in Germany, however, a 1-0 win in Stuttgart in World Cup qualifying in October 1985 – West Germany's first ever defeat in a World Cup qualifier.

• The teams were in the same group at the 1984 UEFA European Championship, playing out a goalless draw in Strasbourg on Matchday 1; Portugal went on to finish second in the section and reach the semi-finals, with holders West Germany eliminated in third place.

• Germany's home record against Portugal is W3 D2 L1.

• That UEFA EURO 2000 victory is Portugal's only success in their last nine matches against Germany (W5 D3).

EURO facts: Portugal

• Portugal claimed their first major silverware at UEFA EURO 2016, defeating hosts France 1-0 in Saint-Denis thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.

Portugal national anthem: Watch Ronaldo and co in EURO 2004 final

• Fernando Santos's side had finished third in Group F behind Hungary and Iceland having drawn all three games, before beating Croatia 1-0 after extra time in the round of 16 and Poland 5-3 on penalties after their quarter-final had finished 1-1.

• A 2-0 semi-final win against Wales was Portugal's only victory inside 90 minutes at UEFA EURO 2016; their win against Hungary on Matchday 1 of UEFA EURO 2020 is only the second of their last nine EURO finals matches that was not all square after 90 minutes.

• Santos went on to guide Portugal to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, the hosts beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals before a 1-0 final defeat of the Netherlands.

• Portugal were Group B runners-up in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, finishing three points behind Ukraine and three ahead of Serbia. Portugal drew their first two games, both at home, against Ukraine (0-0) and Serbia (1-1), but won five of the next six (L1).

• The 2-1 reverse in Ukraine on 14 October 2019 is Portugal's only defeat in 23 EURO matches (W16 D6).

Watch great Portugal goals

• Ronaldo scored 11 qualifying goals, one behind top scorer Harry Kane of England.

• Ronaldo has also made the most appearances in EURO final tournaments; he now has 22 to his name, and is the competition's top scorer overall on 42 goals.

• Portugal are competing at their seventh consecutive EURO and their eighth in total.

• Portugal's record in Germany overall, including matches against West and East Germany, is W8 D3 L5. They finished fourth at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where their record was W4 D1 L2.

• This is Portugal's second match at the Football Arena Munich; they lost the 2006 World Cup semi-final 1-0 to France at the stadium, their only previous game in Munich.

EURO facts: Germany

• The Mannschaft are participating in their 13th successive EURO since missing out on the final tournament as West Germany in 1968, their first attempt.

Watch great Germany goals

• EURO winners in 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and three-time runners-up – Germany last missed out on the semi-finals in 2004, when they did not make it through the group stage. With three European titles, they are the competition's joint record winners alongside Spain.

• Germany were again semi-finalists at UEFA EURO 2016, losing 2-0 to hosts France in the last four. The then-world champions had finished first in their section before beating Slovakia (3-0) and Italy (1-1, 6-5 pens) in the knockout rounds.

• Löw's side won seven of their eight qualifiers (L1) to book their place at UEFA EURO 2020. Having suffered their sole defeat, 4-2 at home to the Netherlands on 6 September 2019, Germany scored 15 goals in winning their last four matches.

• This is Germany's 26th successive appearance in a World Cup or EURO final tournament.

• Matchday 1 was Germany's first game in Munich since a goalless UEFA Nations League draw against France in September 2018. The defeat by the same opponents in their UEFA EURO 2020 opener gave them the overall record of W13 D5 L8 in the city. They have won four of their eight matches at the Football Arena Munich (D1 L3), although their joint heaviest UEFA European Championship loss came at the stadium, a 3-0 reverse against the Czech Republic in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.

Germany's three EURO wins

• Germany won both games at the Football Arena Munich at the 2006 World Cup, beating Costa Rica 4-2 in the group stage and Sweden 2-0 in the round of 16. They also lifted the World Cup in the city in 1974 after a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the final; it was the hosts’ only fixture in Munich during that tournament.

Links and trivia

• Portugal coach Fernando Santos has faced Germany only once before, his Greece side losing 4-2 to Löw's team in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-finals.

• Have played in Germany:
Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund 2016–)
André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt 2019–)
Renato Sanches (Bayern München 2016/17 & 2018/19)

• Have played together:
Raphaël Guerreiro & Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund 2016/17)
Bernardo Silva & İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City 2017–)
Bernardo Silva & Leroy Sané (Manchester City 2017–20)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Emre Can (Juventus 2018–20)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Toni Kroos (Real Madrid 2014–18)
Pepe & Toni Kroos (Real Madrid 2014–17)
Raphaël Guerreiro & Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund 2020–)
Rúben Dias & İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City 2020–)
André Silva & Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt 2019–)
Raphaël Guerreiro & Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund 2019–)
Renato Sanches & Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller (Bayern München 2016/17 & 2018/19)
Renato Sanches & Niklas Süle, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry (Bayern München 2018/19)
Renato Sanches & Jamal Musiala (Bayern München 2019)
Gonçalo Guedes & Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain 2017)

• João Félix scored a hat-trick past Kevin Trapp as Benfica beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg, also providing the assist for the Eagles' other goal.

• Timo Werner beat Anthony Lopes from the penalty spot as his Leipzig team drew 2-2 at Lyon in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 10 December 2019.

Great EURO Matchday 3 goals

• Müller scored past Rui Patrício in Bayern's 7-1 win against Sporting CP in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg in the Football Arena Munich. João Moutinho scored Sporting's goal.

• Werner scored a penalty past Anthony Lopes as Leipzig and Lyon drew 2-2 in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage. In that season's semi-finals, Gnabry scored twice past Lopes as Bayern beat OL 3-0.

• Danilo's goal helped Porto to a 3-1 win at home to Leipzig in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage; Werner got the visitors' reply.

• Joshua Kimmich was in the Germany side that beat André Silva's Portugal 1-0 in the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final in Budapest.

• João Félix and Bruno Fernandes both scored against German clubs in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage – the former in Atlético de Madrid's 1-1 home draw against Bayern on Matchday 5, the latter from the penalty spot for Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat at Leipzig on Matchday 6. Bernardo Silva also scored in a 2-0 win for Manchester City in the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Ronaldo has scored 28 goals against German clubs in UEFA competition, more than any other nation. Ronaldo has hit nine UEFA Champions League goals against Bayern München, all past Manuel Neuer, including two doubles in Munich. However, he has yet to score in four internationals for Portugal against Germany, all of which have resulted in defeat.

• Ronaldo scored five of Real Madrid's six goals against Bayern in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Neuer, however, had saved from the Portuguese forward in the shoot-out as Bayern won the sides' 2011/12 semi-final on penalties.

• Kai Havertz scored the winner for Chelsea in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final against a Manchester City side featuring Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva. Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner also started the game for the London club.

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• Ronaldo's double against Hungary on Matchday 1 means he has scored in every one of the 11 final tournaments in which he has played – five UEFA European Championships, four FIFA World Cups, one FIFA Confederations Cup and one UEFA Nations League. The 36-year-old has now accumulated 23 goals in 45 tournament appearances.

• Ronaldo's second goal against Hungary was his 106th for Portugal on his 176th appearance – just three shy of the world record held by Iran’s Ali Daei – and his 85th in his 125th competitive international.

• Portugal have lost just one of their last 16 matches, winning 11, including a 4-0 success against Israel in Lisbon on 9 June in which Bruno Fernandes scored twice and Ronaldo once. This followed a goalless stalemate against Spain in Madrid five days earlier.

Star of the Match: Ronaldo on his record-breaking night

• Pedro Gonçalves, the 23-goal breakout star of Sporting CP's 2020/21 Portuguese Liga triumph, made his international debut against Spain, goalkeeper Rui Silva following suit with a 90-minute outing in the win against Israel.

• Raphaël Guerreiro’s strike against Hungary was his third goal for Portugal and first in a competitive game. He joined Ronaldo, Pepe and Renato Sanches as the only players in the UEFA EURO 2020 squad to have scored a EURO finals goal for Portugal.

• Portugal possess the three UEFA EURO 2020 participants with most EURO final tournament appearances, Pepe and João Moutinho each following record-breaker Ronaldo on the list with 16. Rui Patricio is also in double figures with 13.

• Ronaldo was Serie A's top scorer in 2020/21 with 29 goals for Juventus, with whom he also won the Coppa Italia. His fellow Portugal forward André Silva also had a prolific season, scoring 28 goals in the German Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ronaldo goals at five EUROs

• Two members of Portugal's UEFA EURO 2020 squad – Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva – won the English Premier League in 2020/21, while LOSC Lille duo José Fonte and Sanches became champions of France and João Félix won the Spanish Liga with Atlético de Madrid. Joining Ronaldo as domestic cup winners were Borussia Dortmund's Guerreiro and Paris Saint-Germain's Danilo.

• Of the six-home based players in the squad, three are from Portuguese champions Sporting, with João Palhinha and 18-year-old Nuno Mendes joining Gonçalves for their first taste of international tournament football.

• Eleven members of Portugal's triumphant UEFA EURO 2016 squad have returned, along with coach Fernando Santos, to defend the trophy this year – Ronaldo, Rui Patrício, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Danilo, Moutinho, Rafa Silva, Sanches, William Carvalho and Anthony Lopes.

• All 16 of the players who took the field for Portugal's victory on home soil at the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals have been called up for UEFA EURO 2020, including Gonçalo Guedes, who scored the winner in the final against the Netherlands.

Löw: 'We gave everything'


• The 0-1 defeat by France on Matchday 1 was Germany’s third in their last four tournament matches, having lost two of their three games at the 2018 World Cup – both of those also without scoring. It is the second successive major finals in which Germany have lost their opening match and the first time they have done so at the UEFA European Championship.

• Having also lost the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final 2-0 to France, it is only the second time that Germany have ever lost successive EURO final tournament matches, after succumbing back-to-back to England (0-1) and Portugal (0-3) in 2000. They have never lost three in a row.

• Germany's two pre-UEFA EURO 2020 friendlies brought a 1-1 draw with Denmark in Innsbruck and a 7-1 romp against Latvia in Düsseldorf in which there were seven different goalscorers, the first of them, Robin Gosens, opening his account for the Mannschaft.

• Those two games were notable for the return of erstwhile stalwarts Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, neither of whom had played for Germany since November 2018. Christian Günter had an even longer wait for a return to national colours, his second cap, as a substitute in the draw against Denmark, coming seven years after his first, while Kevin Volland's appearance in Innsbruck was his first since November 2016.

• The game against Latvia was also a significant one for goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer as it was his 100th international appearance for Germany, making him the third centurion in the UEFA EURO 2020 squad alongside Müller and Toni Kroos (now both 103 caps) and the first German goalkeeper ever to reach that landmark.

Behind the scenes with the Germany squad

• Twelve players have survived Germany's shock group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup to retain their places in Joachim Löw's selection this time around, though only eight remain from UEFA EURO 2016 – Neuer, Hummels, Müller, Kroos, Joshua Kimmich and non-World Cup participants Bernd Leno, Emre Can and Leroy Sané.

• Remarkably no player in Germany's UEFA EURO 2020 squad has ever scored in the EURO finals, Müller having now competed in 12 final tournament matches without a goal, Kroos in 11 and Hummels – an own goal scorer against France – in ten. Müller, who in contrast has scored ten World Cup final tournament goals, even missed his penalty in the 2016 quarter-final shoot-out against Italy.

• Eight members of Bayern München's 2020/21 Bundesliga-winning side have been selected for this squad – Neuer, Kimmich, Sané, Müller, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle and Jamal Musiala, the youngest player in the party at 18.

• Other 2020/21 trophy winners in the squad are Dortmund pair Hummels and Can, who won the DFB-Pokal, Manchester City's Premier League champion İlkay Gündoğan, and UEFA Champions League winners Antonio Rüdiger, Timo Werner and final goalscorer Kai Havertz of Chelsea.

• There were 21 members of Löw's EURO squad in UEFA Champions League action during the 2020/21 season, plus Leno in the UEFA Europa League, with only Freiburg's Günter, Monaco's Volland, Eintracht Frankfurt's Kevin Trapp and Leeds United's Robin Koch not involved in continental club competition.