Germany’s unexpectedly flamboyant 4-2 victory over holders Portugal not only boosted its chances of a Euro 2020 knockout spot but also triggered belated enthusiasm among fans that they could actually battle for the title.
“With the win over Portugal we arrived at the tournament,” said Joachim Loew, whose side need a win against Hungary in their last Group F match on Wednesday to guarantee qualification.
Loew will leave at the end of the tournament after 15 years in charge including the 2014 World Cup title. He would love to finish on another high and confound the unusually low expectations for Germany going into this European Championship.
“Our win over Portugal was deserved. Such a success gives you a certain strength and in a tournament it is all about taking one step at a time. The game against Hungary could be even tougher because they will not play so high up.”