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Flick cashes in as Germany deliver

Published: Friday 20 June 2008, 0.58CET
Assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick had a bet before the win over Portugal that his team would score from a set piece, which left Luiz Felipe Scolari with a losing ticket.
by Simon Hart
from St. Jakob-Park
Flick cashes in as Germany deliver
Stand-in coach Hans-Dieter Flick celebrates with goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalGermany

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target12
 
5
Corners8
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 20 June 2008, 0.58CET

Flick cashes in as Germany deliver

Assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick had a bet before the win over Portugal that his team would score from a set piece, which left Luiz Felipe Scolari with a losing ticket.

Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick revealed he had a bet before the 3-2 win over Portugal that his team would score from a set-piece. In the event, they got two as they powered into the semi-finals after profiting from a tactical switch that brought in two holding midfielders and allowed Germany's own attackers to excel in a 4-2-3-1 system. As for Portugal's outgoing coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, he was left to lament his side's failure to defend set-pieces, declaring: "We lost because we didn't do things properly."

Hans-Dieter Flick, Germany assistant coach
We are very proud of the way we played from the first minute to the last. We fought hard, we had excellent attacks and we should feel very happy. Germany are a real tournament team and can be very focused when it comes to the crunch. We had problems on the flanks against Austria and it was important for us, whether it was Simão or Cristiano Ronaldo, to get them under control. We also wanted a solid centre, so we had Simon Rolfes and Thomas Hitzlsperger in the middle. We wanted to form triangles with the two central midfielders and the wingers. It helps give you solidity in defence and we left Portugal little space. I had a bet and said today we would score from a set-piece. There were two of them, so maybe I should double the stake. I was certain we would score from a dead ball as Portugal take risks in those situations. We have so many players who are very good in the air and we showed we're excellent from set-pieces.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Portugal coach
We thought Germany would win their group and that by winning our group we wouldn't face them now but in the semi-finals. But they came second and we faced a team with tremendous quality, especially from free-kicks, and that decided the game. We lost because we didn't do things properly – dead-ball situations, free-kicks and other things. We had assigned certain players to mark Ballack and other German players, but at free-kicks our players went with different players and Germany made the most of it. I am the main person responsible for us not being in the last four because I choose the players and the tactics. I am very disappointed because we had the quality to reach the semi-finals but in a decisive game like this we made mistakes in concentration.

Last updated: 20/06/08 2.35CET

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