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Conceição hat-trick ousts holders Germany

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.04CET
Portugal 3-0 Germany
Portugal's second string, led by Sérgio Conceição, rounded off a miserable defence for holders Germany.
Conceição hat-trick ousts holders Germany
Sérgio Conceição scored a hat-trick against Germany ©Getty Images

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PortugalGermany

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.04CET

Conceição hat-trick ousts holders Germany

Portugal 3-0 Germany
Portugal's second string, led by Sérgio Conceição, rounded off a miserable defence for holders Germany.

A Sérgio Conceição hat-trick earned a largely second string Portugal side an eye-catching third victory in as many Group A outings to end Germany's UEFA European Championship defence.

The S.S. Lazio man ended growing German optimism with the opener on 35 minutes and by the time he completed his haul midway through the second half, even fans of the holders were applauding Portugal's flamboyance. On a day that saw Lothar Matthäus, Thomas Hässler and Ulf Kirsten win landmark caps, Germany's UEFA EURO 2000 campaign came to a mediocre end.

It was always mission improbable for Germany. Shorn of injured trio Christian Ziege, Markus Babbel and Jens Jeremies, they needed to win and for Romania to beat England by a smaller margin to stay in the competition. In the event Romania kept their part of the bargain, but Erich Ribbeck's side never really looked like doing their bit despite being up against a side who, with progress as section winners assure, rested their leading players.

Goalkeeper Vítor Baía was among them but replacement Pedro Espinha had an easy introduction as Portugal took the game to Germany. Pauleta shot wildly over early on though he was much closer on the quarter-hour, sliding in to meet Conceição's delivery. The ball rolled just past the post and news of Christian Chivu's goal for Romania brought Germany's supporters to life – their players soon awoke themselves.

Dietmar Hamann's speculative effort flew wide, as did Carsten Jancker's shot on the turn, and when Marco Bode hit the inside of the post at the end of a fine move involving Mehmet Scholl and Jancker suddenly everything seemed possible. Then disaster struck: In an increasingly rare foray forward, Portugal scored.

Pauleta and Rui Jorge played a delightful one-two on the edge of the area and when the latter's looping cross came in Conceição nodded the ball into the roof of the net from close range. At the other end Matthäus, winning his 150th and final cap, played in Jancker but his shot from the angle was parried, and by half-time German optimism had given way to resignation – England were leading.

Not even Romania's equaliser at the start of the second half was enough to rekindle enthusiasm and when Conceição scored his second on 54 minutes, his low shot slipping through Oliver Kahn's hands, they needed a miracle. Thereafter Portugal's shadow team turned on the style and even the Germany fans joined in the applause.

There was some cheer when Ribbeck brought on Kirsten for his 100th cap and Hässler for a record-equalling 13th UEFA European Championship finals appearance, but it was Conceição's night. Nineteen minutes from time the 25-year-old regained the spotlight, latching on to Capucho's pass and completing his hat-trick.

Last updated: 07/02/12 13.09CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Germany

Germany

12
Pedro EspinhaPedro Espinha
Substitution90
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa
3
RehmerMarko Rehmer
3
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
4
LinkeThomas Linke
5
CoutoFernando Couto (C)
5
BodeMarco Bode
6
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
Substitution72
6
NowotnyJens Nowotny
9
Sá PintoSá Pinto
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution60
11
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Goal35
Goal54
Goal71
10
MatthäusLothar Matthäus
15
CostinhaCostinha
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card25
Substitution46
16
BetoBeto
Yellow Card27
14
HamannDietmar Hamann
18
PauletaPauleta
Substitution67
18
DeislerSebastian Deisler
Yellow Card27
19
CapuchoCapucho
19
JanckerCarsten Jancker
Yellow Card26
Substitution69

Substitutes

1
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía
12
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
22
QuimQuim
Substitution90
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
4
VidigalVidigal
Substitution72
8
HässlerThomas Hässler
Substitution60
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
9
KirstenUlf Kirsten
Substitution69
8
João PintoJoão Pinto
11
RinkPaulo Rink
Substitution46
Yellow Card90
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
15
WoszDariusz Wosz
13
DimasDimas
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
17
Paulo BentoPaulo Bento
21
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution67

Coach

Humberto Coelho (POR) Erich Ribbeck (GER)

Referee

Dick Z.G. Jol (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Roland Van Nylen (BEL)

Fourth official

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

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