Diogo Jota made his mark on Euro 2020 on Saturday but couldn’t avoid defeat to Germany. The Liverpool forward did all he could.
That’s now two games at Euro 2020 for Diogo Jota as part of a highly-talented Portugal team. It’s hard to say which was the standout, though.
Jota did very little in the first game as Portugal finally overcame Hungary 3-0. They had to fight for that – the eventual scoreline suggests a dominance that just wasn’t there.
The result was undoubtedly a high for the team, though. It might be enough on its own to get them out of the group. And on Saturday’s evidence, they’re likely hoping that’s the case.
Portugal took the lead against Germany but they were outplayed for the vast majority. Their opponents just kept finding ways to get into the channels and fire balls across the box – they got all four of their goals this way.
A 4-2 defeat looks bad for Portugal then – though Jota can take some pride in his display.
Jota vs Germany
Jota helped Portugal off to a promising start. Promising enough, anyway.
Germany dominated the early stages of the game only to give up the lead. It was a devastating Portuguese counter-attack that ended up with Jota setting up Cristiano Ronaldo for the opener.
Jota made a fine run into the box, cushioned it on his chest to draw Manuel Neuer out, then tapped it to the right for his captain to score. It was a fine team goal and one that appeared to rock Germany.
Unfortunately, Portugal were 4-1 down midway through the second half.
But then a back-post free-kick allowed Ronaldo to return the favour for Jota. He somehow rescued the ball before it went out, knocking it to the other post where the Liverpool forward tapped home.
That was a goal and assist each for Jota and Ronaldo. It’s just a shame the rest of their team wasn’t on that level.
Liverpool, of course, will like the look of one of their players producing at Euro 2020. Jota is a player on the up after a highly promising first season and a good performance at an international tournament should only kick him on further.
Jota might not smile about the result but this was one Liverpool fans can definitely enjoy.