In Munich, the teams of Portugal and Germany met in the match of the second round of Euro 2020.
Kai Havertz showed he can score the goals, Thomas Müller was so energetic he was tackling in the opposition box, and Robin Gosens became Germany’s new star.
"Even if you pinched me I wouldn't believe it," Gosens told German public broadcaster ARD afterwards. "I'm ultra happy."
When Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal ended Germany’s spell of early dominance it felt like a familiar performance was incoming. Instead, Löw’s side shrugged off the goal, made more of possession in dangerous spaces, and let the wingbacks take over. And once they found that space, they couldn’t stop scoring.
It is telling that their first two goals came within four minutes of each other, but even more so that they were both own goals by Portugal. Maybe aware that their attack was still in need of sharpening, Löw’s side willed the ball into the net however they could.
After a slow start, Gosens gave a performance that cemented the position for himself and won over the hearts of Germany fans all over the world. It would have been fitting had his goal inside the opening five minutes not been offside, but that didn’t stop him scoring later on with his head. When he was substituted off, the stadium sang his name.
June 19, 19:00
Munich, "Allianz Arena"
European Championship, 2 round
Portugal 2-4 Germany