Arsenal striker dedicates Germany’s 4-0 win to his countryman Schumacher.
German World Cup star Lukas Podolski has dedicated his team’s 4-0 thumping of Portugal to Michael Schumacher after hearing the news that the seven-time Formula One world champion is no longer in a coma.
“He [Schumacher] is a good friend of mine and it is important to all of us to hear that news that he’s come out of hospital,” Podolski said.
“He’s doing well and he’s getting better and it’s really good news.
“Of course it helped us. When you hear the news about a good friend it always helps and you get a little bit of a boost and I was very happy when I heard about the news.”
Schumacher and Podolski are known to be good friends, with the Arsenal striker wearing a special pair of customised boots in dedication to the 45-year-old at last month’s FA Cup final.
“In the end [the victory] was for him [Schumacher],” Podolski said.
“Because he’s a good friend a good guy and he’s also crazy about football. Maybe he watched the game or he knew about the result.”
Podolski and his German team-mates now turn their attention to Ghana, of whom they will face in their second Group G fixture on Saturday in Fortaleza.