Germany entered the Euro 2008 cup semifinal beating Portugal. Schweinsteiger, in full throttle sank Portugal by scoring one goal and setting up the other two in an impressive 3-2 victory for the three-time champions onThursday.
The Germans came into the game as underdogs after doing little to justify pre-tournament billing as the favourites, but tore apart Cristiano Ronaldo & Co with brave, fast-paced football that put great pressure on the Portuguese.
German players executed coach Joachim Loew’s game plan perfectly: a zonal defence coping with some of the flashiest players in Europe, double-marking Ronaldo and Deco.
Midfielders Simon Rolfes and Thomas Hitzlsperger started for the first time together and did what they were supposed to do: stifle the Portuguese attacks on the wings.