Lee Dixon slams Bruno Fernandes for a lack of urgency with Portugal trailing 3-1 to Germany

‘Someone needs to tell him he is 3-1 DOWN!’: ITV commentator Lee Dixon takes a swipe at Bruno Fernandes for a lacklustre performance in midfield… with the Manchester United star guilty of giving the ball away for Germany’s fourth goal

  • Bruno Fernandes struggled to influence proceedings as Germany dominated
  • Lee Dixon criticised him for being too passive just before the hosts made it 4-1
  • A wayward ball by Fernandes was then seized on before Robin Gosens netted
  • Dixon then stuck the knife into Fernandes again as he praised Joao Moutinho
  • Germany’s unexpected 4-2 win makes for a fascinating final round of games
  • Germany host bottom side Hungary, while France and Portugal play in Budapest 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here


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Lee Dixon has slammed Bruno Fernandes for lacking urgency as Portugal trailed Germany 3-1 – before the Manchester United midfielder played a wayward pass that set Joachim Low’s men on their way for a fourth goal. 

The Red Devils star featured for virtually the entire 90 minutes against Hungary for Fernando Santos’ men and was rewarded with another start against Die Mannschaft. 

However, after Portugal got their noses in front with Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-extending 12th Euros goal following a thrilling counterattack started by the 36-year-old, the hosts overwhelmed their opponents courtesy of own goals by Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro, before strikes from Kai Havertz and Robert Gosens put the game out of sight by the hour mark prior to Diogo Jota’s consolation at the Allianz Arena as the game finished 4-2 to Germany. 

Bruno Fernandes was heavily criticised by Lee Dixon for a pedestrian performance in Munich

Bruno Fernandes was heavily criticised by Lee Dixon for a pedestrian performance in Munich

The midfielder gave the ball away for Germany's fourth goal after Dixon had slammed him

The midfielder gave the ball away for Germany's fourth goal after Dixon had slammed him

The midfielder gave the ball away for Germany’s fourth goal after Dixon had slammed him 

Dixon said his replacement Joao Moutinho had had more of an impact just after coming on

Dixon said his replacement Joao Moutinho had had more of an impact just after coming on

Dixon said his replacement Joao Moutinho had had more of an impact just after coming on

Commentator Dixon picked up on Fernandes’ pedestrian play and called him out on ITV, saying: ‘Someone needs to tell Fernandes he’s 3-1 down. He is just strolling on the ball.

‘He had a chance then to run into space and commit a few players ahead of him. No energy in his run at all.’

Moments later, the 26-year-old’s sloppiness in possession was seized on by Germany as they carved their way down the right-hand side before a pinpoint cross by Joshua Kimmich was headed home powerfully by Gosens. 

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a record-extending goal before Germany ran riot

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a record-extending goal before Germany ran riot

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a record-extending goal before Germany ran riot

Portugal next play France after Didier Deschamps' men surprisingly drew 1-1 with Hungary

Portugal next play France after Didier Deschamps' men surprisingly drew 1-1 with Hungary

Portugal next play France after Didier Deschamps’ men surprisingly drew 1-1 with Hungary

Shortly after his error, Fernandes was replaced by Joao Moutinho on 64 minutes, with the Wolves midfielder earning praise from Dixon as the former Arsenal right back aimed another swipe at Fernandes, saying: ‘He’s had more impact already than Fernandes.’  

Germany’s win leaves the so-called ‘Group of Death’ wide open, with France on four points after their draw against Hungary and Low’s side on three points, above their vanquished opponents on head-to-record as the Magyars prop up the table.

Hungary therefore have to beat the Germans next Wednesday, while Low will know that a win could see them top the group if Portugal and France share the spoils in Budapest on the same day.  

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