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The unlikely hero Robin Gosens shows Germany that anything is possible | Euro 2020

When Robin Gosens was young, he wanted to be a cop, just like his grandfather. However, a regional office told him that his legs were too different in height to do so, so he ended up pursuing plan B: a career as a professional soccer player.

The loss of the German police has been the National selection to win. On Saturday night, Gosens was instrumental as Germany rediscovered their form and beat Portugal 4-2 to make an interesting Group F even more interesting.

Having faced elimination head-on, Germany enters their final match against Hungary tied on points and with a head-to-head advantage over Portugal, and just one point behind France.

Gosens has taken a winding path to the top. He played for Fortuna Elten, FC Bocholt and VfL Rhede in Germany before joining Vitesse in the Netherlands. However, he never made an appearance in the league for the Dutch club and, after passing through Dordrecht and Heracles, he joined Atalanta in 2017. There he has become a top international player with Gian Piero Gasperini.

If you play for Gasperini you run and fight. Of course you also have to be a good footballer, but if you don’t give 100% you’re not on the team. On Saturday in Munich, Gosens gave it his all as usual but, perhaps more unexpectedly, put on a man of the match performance, capped by a thunderous header to make it 4-1 after the hour.

It was just a reward for Joachim Löw’s team, who looked aggressive from the start, with Kai Havertz attacking a surprised Pepe, Thomas Müller throwing tackles in the center areas and Mats Hummels sweeping Cristiano Ronaldo around the middle line in the first few. 10 minutes. .

Then Gosens produced one of the moments of the game when he came flying through the air to score an acrobatic goal from a precise center by Joshua Kimmich.

Unfortunately for Gosens and Germany, Serge Gnabry had drifted offside in the middle and was judged to have interfered with play when he reached out to catch the ball. However, Germany did not give up and it was the two full-backs, Gosens and Kimmich, who created most of their chances.

Robin Gosens finishes off with a header that beats Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício.
Robin Gosens heads Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício with his head. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach / Pool / Reuters

After Portugal took the lead against the game’s streak, the two found themselves embroiled in Germany’s draw in the 35th minute. Kimmich found Gosens with another cross ball and the Atalanta player cushioned it towards Havertz in the middle, only for Rúben Dias to run it over his goalkeeper, Rui Patrício.

And so it continued for the first 60 minutes, Kimmich and Gosens exchanging passes to open up a bewildered Portuguese defense. Head coach Fernando Santos seemed puzzled, unsure of what was going on, and the European champions never found a way to deal with the galloping Gosens. His goal, the second in his ninth international game and the first in a final, was not more than he deserved. Kimmich – who else? – provided a point cross for the 26-year-old to return home. Shortly after it was withdrawn.

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Perhaps it was no coincidence that he had the game of his life against Portugal. In his book dream Worth it Yourself (Dreaming is worth it) recalled an incident when he tried to exchange shirts with Ronaldo against Juventus. “After the final whistle I approached him, without ever having made it public to celebrate,” he wrote. But Ronaldo did not accept. He didn’t even look at me, he just said, ‘No!’ I was completely embarrassed. “

This time there was no shirt change either, Ronaldo is probably even less in the mood despite scoring his team’s first goal. Portugal tried to salvage something from the game, but even though Diogo Jota scored and Renato Sanches hit a post, he was never close to scoring a point.

It was a great victory for Löw. He had selected the same starting eleven as in the defeat against France and the same system, a 3-4-3. This time it was worth it and it will be interesting to see how Germany fares from here. They did everything right on a scorching evening in Munich and now anything is possible. Ask Gosens; he knows.

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