European Championship

June 19, 2008

Full-time

Portugal

2 - 3

Germany

European Championship

18:45 +00:00, June 19, 2008

St Jakob Park

Referee: Peter Frojdfeldt

Game 25

  • 90'

    What now for Ronaldo? It's all to come on Soccernet. As is tomorrow's other quarter-final, in which Croatia play Turkey to decide who faces the Germans in the next round. Join us tomorrow for all the action. Guten Aben!

  • 90'

    And that is the end for Portugal. Germany show their pedigree in big tournaments and Scolari's time at Chelsea will begin quicker than he would have wanted.

  • 90'

    Podolksi comes away with it. And nearly scores. That will be the last of it. Goal-kick signals the end.

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    Ronaldo's out on the left. Hacked away by Metzelder.

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    One more minute...

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    Defenders piling forward. Nani again on the wing. Postiga again fouls Mertesacker. Again, a waste.

  • 90'

    But now Nani is wasteful in shooting wide. Foolish.

  • 90'

    Nani is again influenttial. German desperate to clear it away.

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    Goal-kick to Portugal. Maybe they'll get one more chance.

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    Four added minutes.....

  • 89'

    Almost into 90 minutes.

  • 89'

    Mertesacker fouled by Postiga. He didn't need to do that.

  • 88'

    Sub to waste time. Off comes Klose for Jansen.

  • 88'

    Borowski tries to run down time but fouls Pepe in the process.

  • 87'

    What can they create? Grandstand finish awaits.

  • 87'

    Well, well, well.

  • 86'

    Nice work by Nani. Cut in from the left. Right-foot cross and Postiga heads in. 3-2!

  • 86'

    But there's life in this yet......

  • 86'

    Time ticks on and Ronaldo looks very frustrated indeed.

  • 84'

    Lofted Deco pass to Postiga. Lehmann looms to collect and took a whack. And went down. He'll stay there for quite some time, if I know Jens Lehmann. And I know Jens Lehmann.

  • 83'

    Deco back to defend. Portugal pressing.

  • 83'

    German fans getting into this now. Portugal's plan is dying on its feet. Ronaldo peripheral. We're waiting for them to lose their cool.

  • 82'

    Raul Meireles's cross is poor. He's had a poor game, the midfielder.

  • 82'

    Fritz on for Schweinsteiger.

  • 81'

    Ronaldo's shot is blocked. Corner after Simao misjudges the ball.

  • 81'

    Deco tries to create. Germany back in numbers. And looking comfortable with it too.

  • 80'

    Corner. Headed away by Bosingwa. Portugal break. Simao shoots wide. Awful attempt.

  • 79'

    Germany looking more assured as time goes on. Klose wins a free-kick. Portugese heads dipping.

  • 78'

    Ball cleared. Only to Podolski. And he whacked a shot just wide of Ricardo's goal. What a hit!

  • 77'

    And gets the fans involved with some fist pumping.

  • 77'

    Klose, a lone wolf up front, wins a corner.

  • 76'

    Simao's ball smashes into Nani's face. It's not as flowing as the first half for the Portugese. The Germans will like that.

  • 75'

    Raul Meireles shoots again. Someone should have a word. He's no good at shooting.

  • 74'

    Simao on the run. Nani tries a shot from distance. It's another waste. Few have managed to get long shots on goal during this tournament.

  • 73'

    So, Big Phil has made his final throw. Possibly as boss of Portugal.

  • 72'

    Nani in space from a Deco corner. Off comes Hitzlsperger for Tim Borowski, now of Bayern. Petit comes off for Portugal. Helder Postiga on.

  • 70'

    Deco slides it into Petit. And his daisy-cutter is aimed correctly but won't beat Lehmman from there.

  • 69'

    Lahm on the outside. He then chooses to cut in and shoots on goal. But wide. Spaces opening in the Portugal defence.

  • 68'

    Great run from Nani but he couldn't beat the last man. Friedrich stopped him after he accelerated past four players.

  • 67'

    As if on cue the golden boy wafts a free-kick miles over the bar. A total waste.

  • 66'

    The pressure heaped on Ronaldo now...can he produce. One almost hopes so. Portugal going through would stop his circus derailing what has been a great tournament.

  • 66'

    Nani on for Nuno Gomes. Ronaldo will go central and gets the armband.

  • 65'

    Phil Scolari didn't like that.

  • 64'

    Nani is coming on it seems. Who will be the fall guy. It should be Ricardo.

  • 64'

    There is a claim that Ballack pushed Paulo Ferreira for the second goal. It's a decent claim.

  • 63'

    Ronaldo gets a chance to shoot. He gets nowhere. Raul Meireles shoots again. That's cleared. We face half an hour of some German defending.

  • 62'

    For all their skill, Portugal cannot defend dead balls at all. Ricardo was dreadful there.

  • 61'

    Schweinsteiger takes. It drifts into the Portugese box. And Ricardo comes out. And Ballack comes in to head in on goal. Terrible defending. 3-1 Germany! JA!

  • 60'

    The stretcher is on. But Klose trots off. And will be Ok.

  • 59'

    A bodycheck that has Klose down injured.

  • 59'

    Pepe booked for a clatter on Klose.

  • 58'

    That's taken far too low. Podolski comes away with it and is happy to win a throw.

  • 58'

    Ronaldo smash cannons away off Metzelder. Lahm forced to concede a corner.

  • 57'

    Ballack on the charge is held up on the edge of the box just as he seemed likely to get a shot in.

  • 56'

    Flick on by Deco. Pepe in on goal but it perhaps came too fast to him. A miss nevertheless.

  • 55'

    Bosingwa wins a corner.

  • 54'

    Ricardo calm when Klose chased him down. Ronaldo cuts on to his left. Ball claimed by Lehmann.

  • 54'

    Bosingwa again aims for Ronaldo. And misses the target,

  • 52'

    Bosingwa cross into Ronaldo only hits the top of his head and is directed wide. Mertesacker looked to have clashed heads with him but he gets up.

  • 51'

    Deco's burst beats two men but his backflick is poor. Deco then goes through to score. Offside flag waves. No goal.

  • 51'

    Hitzlsperger controlled a Klose ball. But he snatched at his shot. And could have passed it to Schweinsteiger.

  • 50'

    The rain pours down. Could this affect the newly laid pitch?

  • 49'

    Simao went down. Podolski was the man he ran into.

  • 48'

    Deco wins the ball from Lahm. Lahm fouls him. That's a yellow card for the other full-back. Both on sudden death.

  • 47'

    Petit's shot is miles over. Poor effort.

  • 46'

    Ronaldo weaves past Friedrich. He's fouled. And then the German looks to have stood on him. He's booked but it could have been worse. A sending off may have resulted.

  • 45'

    Deco slips into space. Neat backheel. Raul Meireles gets a chance to shoot. But it goes wide.

  • 45'

    Ronaldo and Gomes kick off.

  • 45'

    No subs on. Portugal have already made one after Moutinho's injury.

  • 45'

    We're back on. Can it match the pyrotechnics of the first half?

  • 45'

    Herr Flick (and Helga possibly) has a job to do in his absence. Scolari may have his dander up after that Gomes goal.

  • 45'

    Coach Joachim Loew can play no part in the half-time teamtalk after his ban for his spat with the 4th official against Austria. He's in an exec box tonight. No Boris Becker or Angela Merkel either. Lonely in Loew maybe.

  • 45'

    Breathless stuff. What an excellent half. Superb. A real treat. And all to play for in the second half.

  • 45'

    Ronaldo on the run. In from the left and hits with his left. He misses the goal by the smallest of margins.

  • 44'

    Ballack has a chance. Beats Bosingwa with a neat turn and then shoots. Ricardo saves.

  • 44'

    Ronaldo goes down under a heavy tackle from Metzelder. He didn't like that.

  • 44'

    Carvalho comes across to clear the ball for a throw.

  • 43'

    Lahm shepherds out the ball.

  • 42'

    Ronaldo got space. He shot but couldn't beat Metzelder.

  • 41'

    Friedrich wins a throw. Some respite for Germany. They are still ahead but the momentum is with the Portugese.

  • 40'

    Well, it was coming, and that's set up a great second half. And perhaps a good last five minutes.

  • 39'

    Ronaldo on the run. Cuts in from the left. And he shoots on goal. Lehmann saves. But Gomes swoops to score as Metzelder dives in vain to stop it going in. 2-1! Game on!

  • 38'

    Ballack went down as if shot. He wasn't. Though perhaps he should be for services to the acting profession.

  • 37'

    Long ball from Bosingwa to Ronaldo. Just too far. Portugal are playing the long ball more and more.

  • 37'

    Raul Meireles fires from distance. Wide. And high. They can do better than that.

  • 37'

    Ferreira clears under a pass from Schweinsteiger.

  • 36'

    But Lehmann catches well at a ball directed at his penalty spot.

  • 35'

    Ronaldo wins a corner.

  • 35'

    Ronaldo got the ball to Nuno Gomes with his back to goal on the edge of the six-yard box. He fell over. Ref waves play on and Germany nearly get a break on before Klose is again offside.

  • 33'

    Bosingwa tried to get outside the Germans but the ball can only come off him.

  • 32'

    Schweinsteiger and Ballack link. Klose looks clear. But he's offside.

  • 31'

    Now Ronaldo gets into it. Nice move again but his ball across to Gomes is intercepted.

  • 31'

    Ballack cleared when Deco was the target. Portugal still have a threat.

  • 31'

    Bosingwa fouled. Off comes Moutinho. And Raul Meireles, who scored against Turkey, is on.

  • 30'

    Bosingwa on the overlap too. That's cleared. We have a game on our hands here.

  • 29'

    Simao's kick evades everyone. Hitzlsperger clears.

  • 28'

    Corner conceded by Lahm from a Deco cross.

  • 27'

    But Portugal have a free-kick. Deco can take it. But straight into the wall.

  • 26'

    Oh dear, Ronaldo. Oh dear, Big Phil...

  • 26'

    Klose creeps in unmarked. And heads in. Ronaldo had left him. 2-0 to Germany!

  • 25'

    He wins a free-kick. And that's looped in by Schweinsteiger.

  • 24'

    Metzelder, who seems to be playing like a traditional sweeper in the Germa mould is fouled.

  • 24'

    Moutinho has an injury. He goes off for treatment but returns.

  • 23'

    What a shocker for Portugal. How will they respond?

  • 22'

    Germany play the flowing stuff the Portugese were expected to play.

  • 21'

    To score! 1-0 to Germany!

  • 21'

    But here's a superb break from Podolski after a superb ball from Ballack. Cross from the left and in slid Schweinsteiger.

  • 20'

    Portugal carving chances here. Worry for Germany.

  • 19'

    Bosingwa's cross from the overlap found Moutinho. It came off his knee. And missed. Best chance so far.

  • 19'

    Simao overhits the kick. But Portugal get it back.

  • 18'

    Lovely combination of passes. Ronaldo is the target for a lovely Simao flick. Friedrich concedes a corner.

  • 17'

    Taken towards Ballack but headed over.

  • 17'

    Schweinsteiger slips Ferreira with a bit of skill. Wins a corner.

  • 16'

    Germany looking comfortable....until Metzelder decides to pass back. Lehmann has to thrash the ball away.

  • 15'

    Portugal possession. Ronaldo stopped by Lahm and falls to the floor. He didn't like that and made a noise to suggest a foul.

  • 14'

    Deco slips in Simao. He went perhaps too wide and eventually shot. Lehmann saved at the near post.

  • 13'

    Simao skips past Rolfes. Ball to Ronaldo misses the man with the golden touch.

  • 13'

    Simao turns. Deco doesn't get it. Germany break. Klose cuts in and falls over. He can't blame the pitch. It was a dive.

  • 12'

    Friedrich overlaps this time. Nodded away by Petit. Metzelder gets the ball but loses it to Petit, whose hand comes across him. Metzelder falls to the floor but soon gets back up again.

  • 11'

    Ronaldo loses possession to jeers from the German fans.

  • 11'

    Bosingwa on the overlap whips in a great ball. Gomes couldn't get to it. A chance went begging.

  • 10'

    Hitzlsperger shoots from distance again. Wide. He used to do that for the Villa. He scored occasionally. But missed mostly.

  • 9'

    Simao was found by a nice ball. He lost it and Germany break.

  • 8'

    Hitzlsperger smashes it into Deco's decals. Throw only. A waste. Ballack may have fancied it after his Austria blockbuster.

  • 7'

    Friedrich and Schweinsteiger play in Ballack. Petit penalised. Free-kick.

  • 6'

    Deco's flicked header nearly found Gomes. Lehmann comes out to claim with the Portugal skipper fancying his chances. German relief.

  • 6'

    Lahm cuts in but his ball is only to Pepe. The Real Madrid man hacks away.

  • 5'

    Herr Flick is the assistant boss who will man the dug-out in the absence of Jogi Loew, the housewives fave.

  • 4'

    Ronaldo on the left gets space. Cross comes in but Lehmann catches it with ease.

  • 4'

    Germany 4-5-1 with Klose ploughing a lone furrow.

  • 3'

    Simao fouled by Podolski. Theatrical roll.

  • 2'

    Ricardo on safari as the ball doesn't carry. He shakes off Schweinsteiger and smashes it long.

  • 1'

    Bosingwa comes across to nod out. Another throw as Moutinho comes in.

  • 1'

    Lahm stopped by Simao and then chooses to foul him. Ricardo prepares to launch it long.

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    Some slipping around. Simon Rolfes, in for Frings, gets an early touch.

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    Germany get underway.

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    Fists pumping for each team. On a pitch that looks like a meadow from the pre-enclosure age before the Agricultural Revolution. More of the pitch later; relaid two days ago, it looks a botch-job from here.

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    And Portugal's rather lengthy and complicated anthem is upon us. Deco doesn't know the words. But Pepe does, even though they were both born in Brazil.

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    The Deutschland anthem rings out. Kaiser Franz is there.

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    Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Rolfes, Ballack, Hitzlsperger, Klose, Podolski. Subs: Enke, Adler, Jansen, Fritz, Westermann, Frings, Gomez, Neuville, Trochowski, Borowski, Odonkor, Kuranyi.

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    Portugal: Ricardo, Bosingwa, Pepe, Carvalho, Ferreira, Petit, Joao Moutinho, Ronaldo, Deco, Simao, Nuno Gomes. Subs: Nuno, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Fernando Meira, Raul Meireles, Hugo Almeida, Miguel, Jorge Ribeiro, Quaresma, Veloso, Nani, Postiga.

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    Germany make some changes. In comes Schweinsteiger after his ban for being sent off against Croatia. Former Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzslsperger comes in as the hapless Mario Gomez and injured Torsten Frings drop out. Podolski will partner Klose.

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    Portugal go with the tried and trusted formation that won them their first two games.

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    Basel hosts two of the pre-tournament favourites and one of them must go tonight.

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    Join us for the first quarter-final of Euro 2008 between Portugal and Germany at 1945 BST.