Euro '08: Day 13 ReviewPosted on: 23 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Pre-tournament favourites Germany reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 after a 3-2 win over Portugal.
Germany defeated Portugal 3-2 in a cracking quarter-final to book a place in the semi-final of Euro 2008 against either Croatia or Turkey.
The pre-tournament favourites went into the game on the back of two very average performances but thrilled their travelling fans, knocking out the talented Portuguese.
Germany booked their place in the semi-finals after seeing off a below-par Portugal side in Basel.
Portugal 2-3 Germany
The Germans came out of the traps at an electric pace with Bastian Schweinsteiger, making his first start in the tournament, burst into the box to steer home Lukas Podolski’s cross after a fine flowing move involving Michael Ballack in the 23rd minute.
And as Portugal tried to get their breath back, Germany struck their second. Miroslav Klose grabbed his first goal of the tournament, heading past Ricardo from Schweinsteiger’s delivery.
Portugal pulled a goal back when Nuno Gomes finished from close range to give them hope, but they failed to defend another Schweinsteiger free-kick and Ballack headed Germany’s third.
Portugal substitute Helder Postiga pulled one back in the dying stages but there was to be no grandstand finish.
The defeat brought a disappointing end to Luiz Felipe Scotlari’s reign in charge of Portugal.
Scolari, who takes over as Chelsea boss next month, held himself solely responsible for Portugal’s exit.
The team overflowing with talent has again failed to get their hands on a major international trophy and Cristiano Ronaldo looked to be in tears on the final whistle.
Friday – Croatia Vs Turkey
Saturday – Holland Vs Russia
Sunday – Spain Vs Italy
Whether Scolari’s decision to take the Chelsea post mid-Euro 2008 affected the side we’ll never know but “Big Phil” brushed off the claims that his future had influenced the team’s performance.
In contrast, Germany gave an accomplished display despite suspended coach Joachim Low having to watch the game from the stands.
They will now face the winners of the Croatia-Turkey quarter-final in the last four and will be strong favourites to progress to the final on this showing.
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