Germany Eye Last 16 With Portugal At Risk Of Shock Exit
Budapest, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :Germany can secure a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Wednesday, but holders Portugal are at real risk of crashing out despite a prolific start to Group F by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Germany and Portugal are locked on three points apiece but Joachim Loew's side crucially have the head-to-head edge following a thrilling 4-2 win in Munich that shifted the pressure onto Ronaldo and co.
Portugal began their campaign with a 3-0 win against Hungary as Ronaldo became the leading scorer in European Championship history, but Fernando Santos watched his team ripped apart by Germany last Saturday.
Ronaldo scored for the third time in two games after starting and finishing a lightning counter-attack against Germany, taking his European Championship tally to 12 goals at a record fifth tournament appearance.
"The next task is a very difficult one against France," said midfielder Joao Moutinho. "We want to give a better image of ourselves than we did in the last match." A draw would likely send Portugal through as one of the four best third-placed teams, just as when they went on to win the title five years ago in France.
"Nothing of significance has happened, we have only won a game, but now come further challenges which will be just as testing," he said.
- Benzema yet to fire - At the last World Cup in Russia, Germany bounced back after a shock 1-0 defeat by Mexico in their opening game with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden, only to then finish bottom of the group after being stunned by South Korea.
Germany will go through with a draw, but would be guaranteed a top-two finish if they beat Hungary.
The lack of goals from France's superstar attack of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe has become the talking point back home -- against Germany it was a Mats Hummels own goal that decided the game.
"He wants to score just like Kylian and I, and as a player you need it to feel relaxed and liberated," Griezmann said.
"He has been really important in our link-up play and I am sure when he gets one goal the tap will open and it will keep running.
"He knows he has the support of the staff and the players and we hope he gets a goal soon, but the most annoying thing would be if he were not even getting the chances." Ronaldo is two goals shy of the all-time international record, set by Ali Daei who scored 109 times for Iran.