'Never seen that': Disbelief over 'ridiculous' anomaly at Euro 2020

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Serge Gnabry, pictured here celebrating after an own goal from Raphael Guerreiro.
Serge Gnabry of Germany celebrates after an own goal from Raphael Guerreiro of Portugal. (Photo by Markus Gilliar/GES-Sportfoto via Getty Images)

Germany became the first team in European Championship history to concede an own goal and benefit from one in the same tournament as they claimed a 4-2 victory over defending champions Portugal on Saturday.

Germany shrugged off their opening game loss and announced their arrival as serious Euro 2020 contenders again with an emphatic win over highly-rated Portugal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo had given the defending champions a 15th minute lead on Saturday but Germany went in at the break 2-1 up thanks, remarkably, to two own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro.

After Mats Hummels' own goal in Germany's first game, it made the three-time European champions the first team in the tournament's 61-year history to concede and benefit from an own goal.

The Germans then turned on the style in the second half with goals from Kai Havertz and the impressive Robin Gosens making it 4-1, before Diogo Jota pulled a consolation goal back for Portugal.

The win moves Germany, who face Hungary in their final game, into second place in the group on three points - one behind leaders France and level with the Portuguese.

Hungary had drawn 1-1 with France earlier on Saturday.

German players, pictured here celebrating after their second goal against Portugal.
German players celebrate after their second goal against Portugal. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Football world stunned by 'ridiculous' own goal anomaly

Portugal grabbed the early lead against the run of play, hitting the Germans on the break with Bernardo Silva picking out Jota on the left of the box and his low cross was tapped in from close range by Ronaldo.

It was the Portugal skipper's third goal in two games and his first-ever against Germany, but Joachim Low's side kept their cool and continued to play positive football before eventually getting their reward.

The Germans drew level in the 35th minute when Joshua Kimmich's cross from the right was volleyed at the back post by Gosens and flew into the net off the outstretched foot of Portugal defender Dias as he looked to stop Havertz converting.

It was another own goal that gave Germany the lead, Kimmich driving in a low ball from the right only for Guerreiro's attempted clearance to fly past his goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal so far at Euro 2020, leaving football pundits and fans gobsmacked.

Lewandowski gives Poland 1-1 draw with Spain

Elsewhere on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski helped keep Poland alive by scoring the second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Spain.

Alvaro Morata ended his scoring drought by putting Spain ahead in the 25th minute.

But Lewandowski evened things in the 54th with a header for only his third goal with the national team at a major tournament.

Spain striker Gerard Moreno missed a penalty kick shortly after Lewandowski's goal and Morata then missed an open net after after the ball rebounded off the post.

The result leaves Sweden at the top of Group E with four points after their win over Slovakia on Friday.

Slovakia are second with three points while Spain have two. Poland still have a chance of advancing at Euro 2020 despite being last in the group with one point.

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