Portugal stormed to a 5-0 win over Germany in the first under-21 European Championship semi-final on Saturday evening with a sensational display against their rivals.
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Bernardo Silva was the first player on the scoresheet, as after some neat build-up play between William Carvalho and Cavaleiro, Silva received the ball down the left flank and hit home the opener with Ter Stegen left helpless.
Things got worse for Germany soon after with Ricardo doubling his team’s lead from a corner as he was left totally unmarked at the back post and stroked the ball home as the German defence was left to rue their lack of concentration.
While they finally started to show signs of working their way back into the game, it wasn’t long before the game was all-but over as just before half-time, Cavaleiro hit home a third after some more impressive build-up play from the Portuguese.
Things didn’t get any better for the Germans after the break either, as their rivals continued to pour forward and punish them, with Joao Mario this time stepping up and sending a deflected effort past a hapless Stegen to make it 4-0 within minutes of the restart.
They weren’t finished there either as despite their opponents pushing to at least restore some sort of pride after a dismal display, Horta added a fifth goal to compound the misery further for the Germans.
With their attacking players all combining to great effect yet again, Portugal booked their place in the final where they will face either Denmark or Sweden.
In contrast, it was a bitterly disappointing effort from Germany who seemingly appeared too concerned with preventing their opponents from playing rather than focusing on their own game and lost Leonardo Bittencourt as he picked up two yellow cards despite coming on as a substitute.