Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021 19:00 hours (Group F)
It will be a battle of football greatness in the group of death this Saturday as Euro 2016 champions Portugal face 2014 World Cup winners Germany side at the Allianz Arena. The Portuguese triumphed over Hungary in the closing minutes of the opening game scoring 3 goals in under 10 minutes and their captain Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice one from the penalty spot and the other dribbling past Peter Gulasci, with the left back Raphael Guerreiro scoring after his shot was deflected past the keeper. Germany had a terrible night at the Allianz in the hands of France after a one goal defeat, deflected in by Hummels after a cross from Paul Pogba failed to reach Hernández and ended up in the back of the net. The Germans did all they could but failed to score an equalizer during the match missing big chance to score and match ended with victory for France.
After a first half draw it seemed inevitable that the match would end in a draw but the Portuguese pressed aggressively attacking in the dying minutes of the game and finally the Hungarians lost track of time with the first goal coming at 84th minute, 2nd goal coming at 87th minute and finally sealing the match with goal in injury time (90 +2). Fernando Santos is confident that their team will retain their title and win against Germany despite having the away disadvantage. Joao Cancelo is out due to Covid-19 infection and is following the Covid-19 protocol. The are no injuries to report and the first eleven team consists of the following players. The backline face the odious task of dealing with the pace of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz.
Team formation: 4-2-3-1
Forward: Christiano Ronaldo (SF) Captain
Midfielders: Diago Jota (LF), Bruno Fernandez (AM), Bernardo Silva (RF), Danilo Pereira (CM) and William Carvalho (CM).
Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro (LB), Pepe (CB), Ruben Dias (CB) and Nelson Semedo (RB).
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (GK).
The host nation should win against Portugal if they want a shot at the semis and their focus is on Leroy Sane, Tony Kroos and Matthias Ginter to cause problems for the Portuguese side. Manager Joachim Löw is looking to give the home fans their first win at Allianz despite Tuesday’s upset and if they lose points during this match it will be hard to regain confidence of their fans at home. Germany are yet to suffer consecutive defeats in their group stages at any major tournaments and this will be their 5th meeting with Portugal in all major events. Portuguese skipper Ronaldo has never scored against Germany and they are looking forward to keeping a close eye on him since he is the most likely threat alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota.
Team formation: 3-4-2-1
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Serge Gnabry (LF).
Attacking Forwards: Thomas Müller (SS) and Kai Havertz (AM)
Midfielders: Robin Gosens (LB), Toni Kroos (CM), Ilkay Gündoğan (CM), Joshua Kimmich (CM).
Defenders: Antonio Rüdiger (CB), Mâts Hummels (CB), Matthias Ginter (CB).
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (GK).
Portugal 0 wins, No Draws and Germany 1 win.
Under 2.5 goals 1.78
Correct score (1-1) 6.10