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Moutinho misery for Germany

Published: Sunday 28 May 2006, 22.30CET
Germany 0-1 Portugal João Moutinho's added-time winner in Guimaraes eliminated Germany from the tournament along with the hosts.
by Patrick Hart
from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques

Match statistics

GermanyPortugal

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
11
Yellow cards4
 
6
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A FRA / GER / POR / SCG

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
France France33006069
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro310223-13
Germany Germany310214-33
Portugal Portugal310213-23
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 28 May 2006, 22.30CET

Moutinho misery for Germany

Germany 0-1 Portugal João Moutinho's added-time winner in Guimaraes eliminated Germany from the tournament along with the hosts.

João Moutinho's stoppage-time strike denied Germany a ticket to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals as the hosts' last-gasp win took Serbia and Montenegro through in second place - level on points with these two sides but with the better goal difference between the three.

Trigger happy
Tough on Germany, the result at least rewarded the home fans for their tremendous support. This possibly owed something to the fact Vitória SC, residents of this stadium, have just been relegated, the big occasion attracting a big crowd in Guimaraes – both may be scarce next season. What looked like a full house was treated to an end-to-end contest in which the shoot-on-sight policy of both teams showed the necessity of victory. The first to hit the target came on six minutes, Manuel Fernandes being denied by Michael Rensing after Raul Meireles's run had set him up. In response, Moritz Volz and Stefan Kiessling, a roving striker, linked up before giving Eugen Polanski – returning from injury and one of four Germany changes – the chance to fire into Daniel Fernandes's midriff.

Quick exchanges
The latter had replaced Bruno Vale, sidelined by a broken foot, as coach Agostinho Oliveira made six alterations of his own, three tactical. The Portugal ploy, it seemed, was to rely on forwards Silvestre Varela and Ricardo Quaresma drifting wide of their markers then combining with their midfielders. With speed and skill key ingredients, Nélson – like Volz a progressive right-back - played a one-two with Quaresma and crossed threateningly close to goal. Similarly, Varela's surge into the area presented Raul Meireles with the opportunity to flash an attempt narrowly wide.

Support acts
The flanks also featured in the German artillery, with Roberto Hilbert and Kiessling among others ready to support Nando Rafael, no lone ranger. As the shots rained in on a sultry night, Rafael caused the biggest scare of the first half on 36 minutes, racing clear and sending a dipping half-volley just over. Another fright arrived four minutes after the interval. The ever-willing Polanski's angled drive from distance was well held by the keeper.

Near misses
Despite Germany's strong restart, Portugal raised the biggest roar: substitute Lourenço sprinting away only for his cutback to fall short of Varela. The extra-sized pre-match marionettes representing both countries, not to mention the possible permutations for progress, suggested the fate of both sides would rest in the hands of the sporting gods. The hosts, requiring a three-goal win, nearly grabbed destiny by the neck on the hour when Meireles nodded Nélson's chip wide. Varela went still closer, bulleting a header over from Quaresma's free-kick. Portugal were benefiting from the twin threat of Varela and Lourenço.

Raised tempers
Yet this was a trading of blows, and Kiessling should have struck a decisive one following Hilbert's run and cross. With the clock ticking, tempers frayed as Quaresma collided with Rensing - prompting the injured keeper's enforced substitution. As time ran out on Portugal's campaign, they made sure Germany suffered too when Moutinho volleyed in emphatically.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Nélson

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.44CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Portugal

Portugal

1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
Yellow Card83
Substitution84
22
FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
2
VolzMoritz Volz
2
NélsonNélson
4
MatipMarvin Matip
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
6
SchulzChristian Schulz
Yellow Card66
6
Zé CastroZé Castro
Yellow Card58
8
LehmannMatthias Lehmann (C)
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma (C)
Yellow Card83
9
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
8
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Yellow Card16
Substitution46
11
RafaelNando Rafael
10
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Goal90+4
Yellow Card90+6
16
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card14
13
RolandoRolando
18
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
Substitution70
14
CustódioCustódio
Yellow Card68
19
PolanskiEugen Polanski
15
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
Yellow Card63
20
SinkiewiczLukas Sinkiewicz
Yellow Card75
Substitution76
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
PlatinsPatrick Platins (GK)
12
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
21
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
Substitution84
18
NaniNani
Substitution73
5
BrzenskaMarkus Brzenska
Substitution76
20
LourençoLourenço
Substitution46
14
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution70
5
Pedro RibeiroPedro Ribeiro
3
FathiMalik Fathi
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
7
MasmanidisIoannis Masmanidis
11
Diogo ValenteDiogo Valente
10
EiglerChristian Eigler
16
AmaroBruno Amaro
13
HelmesPatrick Helmes
19
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
15
MeierAlexander Meier
21
Filipe OliveiraFilipe Oliveira
17
OchsPatrick Ochs
22
RietherSascha Riether

Coach

Dieter Eilts (GER) Agostinho Oliveira (POR)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Gabor Erös (HUN)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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