Portugal vs Germany – Context:
This is quite simply a must-win game for Germany. After a defeat to France in the group of death any further loss would ultimately see them put into a very precarious position.
A number of teams which finish third in the group stage will of course also progress into the knockout stages however, Germany will not want to risk being one of the few teams to miss out.
Portugal meanwhile are coming off the back of an intriguing game against Hungary in which it took until the last 10 minutes of the match for them to put three goals past a resilient Hungary side.
Should Portugal manage to beat Germany it would certainly see them through and position them well to go into the final game against France, who would be expected to be on the same amount of points after the conclusion of their match against the Hungarians.
Portugal vs Germany – Head-to-head:
Germany will certainly have history on their side when they take on the Portuguese in Munich. Having played against their opponents 18 times, winning 10 and losing just three, Joachim Low will hope the experienced heads who have won this bout before will step up once more.
In fact, the last 4 times the teams have met the Germans have been victorious. The last time however was some time ago in the 2014 World Cup which of course Germany went on to win.
A 4-0 win for Low’s team dealt Portugal their worst ever defeat at a World Cup.