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Portugal lap up Lourenço winner

Published: Wednesday 2 June 2004, 23.03CET
Germany 1-2 Portugal Blistering finish from Lourenço puts Portugal into the semi-finals.

Match statistics

GermanyPortugal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Sweden Sweden33008359
2Portugal Portugal311156-14
3Germany Germany310245-13
4Switzerland Switzerland301247-31

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:54 CET
Published: Wednesday 2 June 2004, 23.03CET

Portugal lap up Lourenço winner

Germany 1-2 Portugal Blistering finish from Lourenço puts Portugal into the semi-finals.

By Tim Dykes at the Bruchwegstadion

A blistering finish from Lourenço put Portugal into the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals at the expense of host-nation Germany thanks to an enthralling 2-1 win in Mainz.

Destination Bochum
The Portuguese had to win to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing from a pool already won by Sweden, and although Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal cancelled out Hugo Almeida's opener, Lourenço produced a 79th-minute marvel to earn his side a semi-final spot against Italy in Bochum on Saturday. However, he will miss that game through suspension, along with team-mates Raúl Meireles and Carlos Martins.

Strong lineup
Germany coach Uli Stielike, whose decision to make nine changes ahead of his side's defeat against Sweden was criticised by the local press, fielded a side closely resembling that which defeated Switzerland last week. Of those that came in for the second match, only midfield player Sascha Riether and centre-half Robert Huth retained their places.

Balitsch booked
José Romão, without the suspended Ricardo Costa, made five changes to the side that conceded a late leveller against Switzerland and watched his charges make an encouraging start. The hosts were frustrated and had captain Hanno Balitsch booked for an early tackle on Meireles after Martins had blasted over from distance.

Schweinsteiger shining
The pre-match talk had been centred on Lukas Podolski pressing for a place in Rudi Völler's senior squad for UEFA EURO 2004™ and although he cracked a sweetly-struck effort narrowly over from 20 metres it was Schweinsteiger, another senior hopeful, who shone brightest in the early stages. The FC Bayern München midfield player worked tirelessly and created space to use the ball intelligently throughout.

Almeida opener
UD Leiria's João Paulo picked up a 22nd-minute booking for clattering into Schweinsteiger near the corner flag and although the ensuing free-kick unsettled the Portuguese defence, it also led to the opening goal at the other end. A quick clearance was swept forward and Almeida had time and space to lift the bouncing ball over the advancing Tim Weise and into the Germans' net.

Double denial
Almeida could have doubled his side's lead six minutes later, heading just over from ten metres before Germany were denied twice in quick succession. Goalkeeper and captain Moreira saved from Balitsch before FSV Mainz 05's Benjamin Auer, playing on his home ground, saw his effort spectacularly blocked by João Paulo's goalline acrobatics.

Portuguese chances
Half-time substitute Lourenço was denied a clear run on goal by the offside flag but the second half was dominated by the Germans. Podolski saw his angled shot blocked and substitute Thomas Hitzlsperger's vicious free-kick drew a parry from Moreira. Auer then struck the bar from the edge of the area and drew a fine save from the Portugal goalkeeper with his follow-up header.

Late scramble
However, after Lourenço's powerful finish put Portugal in pole position, the home side were unable to beat Moreira and find the equaliser that would have carried them through. After a flurry of late yellow cards and a hectic three minutes of time added on, Romão's side held on to progress.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.39CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2004/matches/round=1608/match=74217/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+lourenco+winner

Lineups

Germany

Germany

Portugal

Portugal

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
7
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
Substitution81
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Yellow Card87
8
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Substitution81
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
9
AuerBenjamin Auer
6
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal24
Substitution46
13
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Goal41
10
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Yellow Card84
16
PreussChristoph Preuss
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
11
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
14
João PauloJoão Paulo
Yellow Card22
18
RietherSascha Riether
19
CarlitosCarlitos
20
TiffertChristian Tiffert
20
DannyDanny
Substitution56
21
HuthRobert Huth
2
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
Substitution72

Substitutes

19
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
Substitution81
22
BetoBeto (GK)
4
FathiMalik Fathi
17
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
15
FeulnerMarkus Feulner
8
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
5
FranzMaik Franz
21
LourençoLourenço
Substitution46
Goal78
3
GemitiGiuseppe Gemiti
16
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution72
Yellow Card80
11
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution81
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
6
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution46
Yellow Card80
7
Pedro OliveiraPedro Oliveira
Yellow Card56
Substitution56
12
OchsTimo Ochs (GK)
13
Pedro RibeiroPedro Ribeiro
14
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
12
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
18
CustódioCustódio
2
VolzMoritz Volz

Coach

Ulrich Stielike (GER) José Pratas Romão (POR)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution