The match between Portugal and Germany became a big win for Portugal that got 5 points against their enemy, Germany. Previously in 1994, Portugal reached a UEFA European Under-21 Championship final and on Saturday (27/6), they won over Germany that becomes a golden ticket to the final.
The team that is coached by Rui Jorge performed incredibly perfect in that evening and the team also showed that they grabbed 14 competitive matches unbeaten prior to this match that was held in Olomouc. If usually we find Germany wins over their enemies, this time Portugal surpassed them both technically and physically. Although Tiago Ilori injured during the match and was replaced by Tobias Figueiredo, Portugal showed that they were in the winning mood at that evening.
The goals were created by five players. The brilliant Monaco playmaker, Bernardo Silva, tried to drive the ball into the box by using the outside of his boot. Then, the midfield powerhouse, William Carvalho opened up Germany’s left flank with a sharp shot to Ricardo who gave the ball to Rominique Heintz and teed up Sergio Oliveira for a shot against a post.
The cooperation among players was a sign to win the match. Portugal finally found their rhythm by opening the floodgates with a beautiful goal by Bernardo. He delivered the ball to Ivan Cavaleiro after receiving a pass from William Carvalho while he concurrently spinning in behind Julian Korb. After seeing that he was away from his enemy, Korb, Bernardo tried to receive Cavaleiro’s return ball that leaded him closer to goal and drilled low pas Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the near post.
The second goal was made eight minutes later when Paulo Oliveira nodded on for Bernardo to finish the shot at the fat post. In this stage, Germany still had a little of hope but Nico Schulz wasted a shot on the rebound after Jose Sa had blocked Joshue Kimmich’s low strike. In four games, Sa was beaten only once and he made a better save after receiving a push away rising shot from Amin Younes.
Joao Mario teed up Cavaleiro from Ricardo cross to shot high into the net that made Portugal scored a goal at that evening. Responding that strike, Hrubesch sent out Max Meyer to drop in place of Johannes Geis but it was in vain. Only within 50 seconds of the restart, Portugal made it four that began with the easy fee of Bernardo and ended with Joao Mario.