Euro 2020 Preview: Portugal aim to make Germany's path miserable in 'Group of death'

Germany and Porgutal were drawn alongside France and Hungary in Group F the ‘group of death’, and both these nations need this win.

Portugal left it late against Hungary, scoring all 3 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. Image credit: Twitter/Portugal

Portugal and Germany face off in another huge Group F encounter at Euro 2020. The Germans and the Portuguese were drawn alongside France and Hungary in the ‘group of death’. Both nations head into this game in need of a win. Portugal left it late to beat Hungary, with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals helping them to a 3-0 win in Budapest. As for Germany, they fell 1-0 to the World Champions France.

Fernando Santos’ side will head into Saturday’s clash knowing that a win would book their spot in the last-16. They would confirm a position in the top two if they triumph. If Hungary do not overcome France in Group F’s other contest, then Portugal will seal their spot.

PORTUGAL WITH CONFIDENCE

A defeat for Portugal would need them to get past France in their last fixture to progress.

Santos’s team are now unbeaten in seven games across all competitions. They are unlikely to make many changes against Germany. After coming off the bench to create all three goals against Hungary, Rafa Silva could be rewarded with a place in the starting XI on Saturday.

Portugal have lost their last four international fixtures against Germany. A 4-0 defeat when the two teams last locked horns at the 2014 World Cup.

GERMANS LACK THE EDGE

Joachim Low’s side lacked cutting edge in attack in their opener. We could see a bit of rotation for their second group game. The Germans are clearly in need of a result to get out of the group, but will fancy their chances of three points in their final group match against the Hungarians.

Portugal vs Germany Predicted XI

Portugal Predicted playing XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Danilo Pereira, William Carvalho, Rafa Silva, Bruno Fernandes Diogo, Jota; Cristiano Ronaldo

Germany Predicted playing XI (3-4-3): Manuel Neuer; Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Robin Gosens; Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry




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