Euro 2020, Portugal vs Germany: 3 key battles to watch out for in POR vs GER: Portugal aim to build on their triumph against Hungary as they face Germany in Group F of Euro 2020 on Saturday. The reigning European champions left it very late to snatch maximum points in their opening game, whereas Germany were handed a defeat by France.
Both teams will be fully aware of the significance of the clash as it could have a really telling impact on their aspirations. Without further delay, let’s profile the three key player battles than can decide the outcome of the match between Portugal and Germany.
Euro 2020, Portugal vs Germany: 3 key battles to watch out for in POR vs GER
Euro 2020, Portugal vs Germany: Key Battle 1
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Mats Hummels
Ronaldo and Hummels will enter the game on the back of contrasting frame of minds. While Ronaldo became the top goal-scorer in the history of the Euros with his late brace against Hungary, Hummels was caught in a mire of disappointment.
The German defender unfortunately put the ball into his own net to hand France a win and was left dejected. Hummels will know he can’t dwell too much on the past, there isn’t any time for that as the games come thick and fast.
Ronaldo is one of the most prolific and decorated players of all-time and is expected to make an impact in every game he plays for club and country. It will be interesting to see how Hummels copes with the Portuguese stalwart.
Euro 2020, Portugal vs Germany: Key Battle 2
Toni Kroos vs Danilo Pereira
Kroos will have to be the deep-lying orchestrator that keeps Germany ticking from midfield once again. The German performed better than most of his teammates in the defeat to France, but was largely outshone by his French counterparts.
It goes without saying that Kroos will have to play an influential role if Germany are to get off the mark at this year’s Euros. Considering he is one of the elder statesmen in the team, Kroos will also be expected to keep up the morale of the dressing room.
Danilo was not troubled consistently by Hungary. However, the meeting with Germany is expected to throw in a significant challenge. The holding midfielder will be aware of the threat possessed by Kroos and will have to ensure he remains tight and close to him in order to nullify his impact.
Euro 2020, Portugal vs Germany: Key Battle 3
Nelson Semedo vs Robin Gosens
Semedo is expected to be first-choice at right-back after the withdrawal of Joao Cancelo due to COVID-19. The 27-year-old gave a good account of himself in the warm-up friendly with Spain and against Hungary in the opening game.
However, the challenge on offer against Germany might be slightly tougher. Gosens proved to be the Germans’ best player on the pitch against France and can be a menace in the wide areas.
The Atalanta wing-back is a willing runner and can deliver good crosses into the box. Semedo will have to deal consistently with Gosens, if Portugal are to survive the threat down the flank.