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EURO 2020 Half-time: Portugal 1-2 Germany

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Phew. Safe to say this match is delivering on its billing … a wonderful half of attacking football. Gosens has been rampaging up and down that left wing for Germany. Similarly, Bernardo Silva has looked a threat on the Portuguese right every time he’s been in possession on that same flank and created Portugal’s opening goal, via Jota, for Cristiano Ronaldo. Two own-goals have seen Germany bounce back but there is surely plenty of drama to come in this one. What a game!

Now it’s time for a lightning German counter: Gnabry storms into the penalty area and smashes a left-footed shot which is flying into the far corner! But Rui Patrício beats it out, and does well to get enough purchase on the ball to ensure that there is no danger of a goal on the follow-up.

As the clock ticks into stoppage time, Portugal win a free-kick in an advanced position on the right. Fernandes and Silva, who both look hot and knackered, stand over it. It’s bent into the penalty area but a German head clears it. Three minutes of stoppage time will be added.

Portugal come again in attack: Ronaldo threads a brilliant pass through the lines for Jota, but the Liverpool forward is just offside. Another wave of Portuguese attacking ends with a crunching tackle by Rüdiger, who celebrates it like he’s scored a goal. This is a belting game.

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