BASEL: Portugal was unable to recover from a German blitzkrieg that saw the Germans with an early two goal lead. The Portuguese fought back only to come up one goal short of tying the match.
Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Germans in front with an awesome team goal that was started with Lukas Podolski and Michael Ballack. Podolski played an undefendable pass on the ground that Schweinsteiger was able to run on to and put in the back of the net.
Germany quickly doubled their lead with a Miroslav Klose goal. The towering striker was left wide open on a free kick and Schweinsteiger picked him out for the second goal.
Portugal fought back and Cristiano Ronaldo fired off a dangerous shot that Lehmann could only deflect to Nuno Gomes who put the ball into the back of the net.
After half time it was once again the Germans who showed more class. Another set piece taken by Schweinsteiger found Michael Ballack who put the ball into the back of the net with his head after slightly pushing off Paolo Ferreira.
Portugal continued to fight and were eventually rewarded with a conselation goal from Helder Postiga.
The final score was 3-2 in favor of the great Germans.