Germany - Bastian Schweinsteiger 22', Miroslav Klose 26', Michael Ballack 61'
Portugal - Nuno Gomes 40', Hélder Postiga 87'
Joachim Löw was proud of the way his German side rose to the occasion.The suspended coach had to watch the game from the stands, but was delighted with the way his side responded."We had a lot of courage, had good combinations, moved well without the ball - all the things that we've done well in the past we did," he said."Sitting behind the window in the stands was really difficult. It is too far from the action." - from bbc.co.uk, with link to full match report.
In an interview on the dfb.de website after the match Jogi said his team had proved how strong they can be when playing to their full potential and that it was a game played with desire and passion at the highest level. He also commented that his new forced viewpoint from the stands proved unusual and that he was surprised to have been left some aspirin and sedatives by UEFA! Returning to the dressing room 10 minutes after the game only two players had returned, the remainder were on the pitch still celebrating the victory! - 20 June 2008
Match highlights from tv.dfb.de
Germany have 'special plan' for Ronaldo, but Portugal are no one man team
An interview on tv.dfb.de
"I might just be the first national team coach who stays on in the stands, even after a ban is lifted," Löw joked. "You get a fantastic view."
"I am disappointed as I have nothing to reproach myself for," he said."This is a decision that is very grave," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff this evening. "This is a terrible decision for Joachim Löw personally. For over 14 years as a coach he has not made mistakes, he has not been suspended. He took it very badly." - from globeandmail.com
Löw to learn fate on Wednesday
"The game against the Croats threw the team a bit off course.
"But it's also clear to me that we have to make an enormous improvement for the quarter-finals.We are pleased that we showed today that we belong in the quarter-finals even if we haven't played as convincingly as we would have liked to.I am sure, though, that the team will now get the lift we need, and that we can play competitively against Portugal."Frings suffers fractured ribs, doubtful for Portugal
"Since Torsten is such an important player for our team, our medical staff will exhaust all possibilities to get him fit for the Portugal game," said Löw on the German Football Federation (DFB) website."I think chances are 50-50. I expect a match where both teams will try to play offensive combination football. But that time, we will manage better than we did against Croatia or yesterday. Currently, (striker) Lukas Podolski has got problems with his calve. It is so bad that he cannot train and it might become a problem as far as the match (against Portugal) is concerned", Löw said. from itnsource.com
A clip from the press conference can be seen on youtube.
Joachim Löw: "Wir sind diesmal nicht der Favorit" - interviewed on the dfb.de website, Jogi talks about his touchline troubles in the Austrian game, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo - 17 June 2008
Last updated 24 February 2013