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Germany – Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning

Germany - Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning 2
Germany - Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning 2

Normally, a draw can also be considered a positive result for the opening match on major playgrounds.

In the opening round, world runner-up Netherlands played earlier and only met Denmark – the opponent considered to have the worst strength in the group.

Germany – Portugal is one of the most awaited matches in the Euro 2012 group stage.

However, looking at the match schedule, it seems that Germany is under greater pressure, because in the second round, they have to face the Netherlands, while Portugal has an easier time when meeting Denmark.

Germany is unstable in defense

To be able to win, in addition to having the stars on the attack score goals, Germany must also ensure that they minimize the risk of conceding a goal because of Cristiano Ronaldo, the goal-scoring machine on the Portuguese side.

In the first part, coach Joachim was somewhat reassured when Schweinsteiger had recovered from his injury and was physically fit to start.

With `Schweini`, Germany will be more flexible when switching from defense to attack and help the quartet above Podolski – Oezil – Mueller – Gomez feel secure in focusing on attacking the opponent’s goal.

Okay on offense, but the German defense has problems.

Germany - Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning

Mertesacker’s ability to play will likely impact Germany’s results.

But both of the above options have great potential risks.

Portugal also depends on Ronaldo

Unlike Germany, Portugal has both professional and psychological problems.

The common point in both the loss to Türkiye and the 0-0 draw with Macedonia a few days earlier was that Portugal dominated, kept the ball superior and attacked aggressively, but was powerless to concretize their superiority.

The defense continued to reveal deadly gaps due to Carvalho’s absence.

Germany - Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning

Ronaldo (right) will be Portugal’s biggest hope.

With that poor preparation, Portugal is clearly at the bottom when entering the match with Germany.

Ronaldo just had a brilliant season at Real with 60 goals on all fronts.

Germany - Portugal, everything has a difficult beginning

Expected starting lineup of Germany and Portugal

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