Liverpool’s Diogo Jota played a starring role on Saturday afternoon in what was comfortably the most entertaining game of Euro 2020 so far.
Portugal and Germany played out a six-goal thriller in the Munich heat, with the latter coming out on top 4-2 despite going a goal behind.
That opener was scored against the run of play 15 minutes in by Cristiano Ronaldo, but he was teed up unselfishly by Jota who can hold his head high after a superb performance.
He took down Bruno Fernandes’ superb long ball and passed it around the onrushing Manuel Neuer to set up his side’s opener.
But it did not spark Portuguese dominance – instead, the home side scored four times, with own-goals from Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro followed by finishes from Kai Havertz and the excellent Robin Gosens.
But Jota wasn’t done, tapping home Ronaldo’s looping effort to add a goal to his assist and bring his side back within striking distance.
An unlikely comeback wasn’t to be, and Group F remains wide open after France’s surprise draw against Hungary.
But after a largely ineffectual performance in Portugal’s first game of he tournament, Jota looks to have hit his stride and, along with the likes of Ronaldo and Fernandes, will be a key man in their quest to defend their European Championship title.
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