Germany outclass Portugal


Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack scored for the Germans, while Nuno Gomez and Helder Postiga netted for Portugal.

The match started at a frenetic pace, with Portugal enjoying the better of the opening stages.

Portugal should have opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Jose Bosingwa crossed from the left for Jose Moutinho, but the Sporting Lisbon midfielder thighed the ball over the crossbar from close range.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men would rue that miss as the Germans took the lead two minutes later they launched a quick counter-attack which culminated in Lukas Podolski sending in a low cross from the left for Schweinsteiger to slide home at the near post.

Germany doubled their lead four minutes later when striker Miroslav Klose rose unmarked to head home a Schweinsteiger free-kick.

However, Portugal ensured for a pulsating second half when they pulled one back five minutes before the break through a Gomez strike.

Although the Portuguese started the second stanza strong, it was the Germans who struck first, in the exact same fashion as their second goal, this time it was Ballack to got on the end of Schweinsteiger’s free-kick to make the score 3-1.

Portugal substitute Postiga ensured for a pulsating climax to the game when he headed home a cross by fellow substitute and although Scolari’s men continued pushing forward in the dying minutes, they were unable to penetrate the defence of the germans, who deservedly advanced to the semis.

Germany will now meet either Croatia or Turkey in the final.