Austria v Germany, 16 June 2008

Score1-0 to Germany
RefereeManuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueErnst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance51,428
Kick-Off: 8.45pm local Assistant referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain) Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Spain) Fourth official: Damir Skomina (Slovenia) Man of the Match: Michael Ballack (Germany) Germany captain Michael Ballack booked his side's place in the UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals with a thunderous free-kick, ending the hopes of Austria despite a valiant effort from the co-hosts in Vienna. To overtake their opponents and claim the runners-up spot in Group B, Austria needed to beat their neighbours – something they had not achieved since defeating West Germany in 1986. The home team enjoyed long periods of possession but, as in their February friendly loss in this stadium against the same opposition, were made to pay for a lack of a cutting edge up front – Ballack settling the contest in the 49th minute with a characteristically clinical set piece. Coach Joachim Löw, who was sent to the stands with his Austria counterpart Josef Hickersberger just before half-time, can look forward to a quarter-final against Group A winners Portugal in Basel on Thursday. Hickersberger made three changes to the side that snatched a last-gasp draw with Poland on Thursday, surprisingly giving 21-year-old Erwin Hoffer his second senior start in place of Roland Linz up front. If that was designed to improve the co-hosts' potency, it initially backfired as Germany enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and, but for a remarkable Mario Gómez miss, the home crowd would have been silenced by the fifth minute. Miroslav Klose was the architect of the move, tricking his way down the right and delivering a low cross that bypassed goalkeeper Jürgen Macho, only for Gómez to mistime his shot at the unguarded net, allowing György Garics to head his looping effort off the line. Gómez then drew a regulation save from Macho with a low angled drive, before Hoffer began to provide evidence of the poaching skills that made him such a prolific scorer in his country's youth teams, narrowly failing to control an Andreas Ivanschitz cross which would have left him clear. Austria nevertheless took heart from that opening and enjoyed their first spell of sustained pressure, Jens Lehmann diving to his right to touch behind René Aufhauser's low shot, although Macho had to do likewise to keep out a Lukas Podolski attempt from distance. With so much at stake, it was little surprise that tensions were running high on and off the field, and following a heated exchange on the touchline Hickersberger and Löw were dismissed. It was the latter whose side seemed less affected by their coach's absence, however, and within four minutes of the restart Germany were ahead. Ivanschitz pulled down Philipp Lahm as the left-back drove forward and Ballack exploited the resulting free-kick to the full, driving an unstoppable shot high into the net from 25 metres. Lahm and Podolski both missed the target while Macho saved from Per Mertesacker and Klose as Germany sought to increase their advantage. Nonetheless, Austria never lost heart and Hoffer flashed a shot just wide of Lehmann's goal. Germany have now won their last five games against these opponents and at the final whistle celebrated reaching the last eight for the first time since 1996 – when they went on to lift the trophy. Meanwhile, for the first time no host nation will be represented in the knockout rounds.

0  Austria

Manager: Josef Hickersberger

1  Germany

Manager: Joachim Low

Goals:

Goals:

Michael Ballack 49 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jurgen Macho
Defender Christian Fuchs
Defender Gyorgy Garics
Defender Erwin Hoffer
Defender Emanuel Pogatetz
Defender Martin Stranzl
Defender/Full back Martin Hiden
Midfielder Rene Aufhauser
Midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz (captain)
Midfielder Umit Korkmaz
Forward Martin Harnik

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Arne Friedrich
Defender Philipp Lahm
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Michael Ballack (captain)
Midfielder Torsten Frings
Midfielder Clemens Fritz
Forward Mario Gómez
Forward Miroslav Klose
Forward Lukas Podolski

Substitutions:

Christoph Leitgeb for Martin Hiden 55
Jurgen Saumel for Rene Aufhauser 63
Roman Kienast for Martin Harnik 67

Substitutions:

Thomas Hitzlsperger for Mario Gómez 60
Oliver Neuville for Lukas Podolski 83
Tim Borowski for Clemens Fritz 90

Cards:

Martin Stranzl 13 Y
Erwin Hoffer 31 Y
Andreas Ivanschitz 48 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alex Manninger
Goalkeeper Ramazan Ozcan
Defender Ronald Gercaliu
Defender Markus Katzer
Defender Jurgen Patocka
Midfielder Christoph Leitgeb
Midfielder Jurgen Saumel
Midfielder Joachim Standfest
Forward Roman Kienast
Forward Roland Linz
Forward Ivica Vastic

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Rene Adler
Goalkeeper Robert Enke
Defender Heiko Westermann
Defender/Midfielder Marcell Jansen
Midfielder Tim Borowski
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger
Midfielder Simon Rolfes
Midfielder Piotr Trochowski
Forward Kevin Kurányi
Forward Oliver Neuville
Forward David Odonkor

Comments:

- Austria became the third host nation to fail to progress from the group stage since the introduction of the knock-out stages in 1984 following Belgium (2000) and Switzerland (2008). - Austria became the first host ever at the European Championship to score only one goal. They are now the third host country to stay winless in the whole tournament after France (two matches in 1960) and Yugoslavia (two matches in 1976). - Austria are now winless in their last nine matches in the Ernst Happel stadium.

Comments:

- Germany qualified for the quarter-finals after failing to progress from the group stage at both Euro 2000 and Euro 2004. In the last eight, they will play Portugal on Thursday, 19 June, in Basel. Their last meeting at the European Championship was on 8 July 2000 when Portugal beat Germany 3-0 through a hat trick by Sergio Conceicao. - Michael Ballack scored his second European Championship goal. He made his debut goal four years ago against the Czech Republic. Ballack became only the third German player to score in more than one European Championship finals, next to Jurgen Klinsmann and Rudi Voller.