Germany v Portugal, 08 July 2006

Score3-1 to Germany
RefereeToru Kamikawa
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals 3rd place
VenueGottlieb Daimler, Stuttgart
Attendance52,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan) Kim Dae-young (Korea Republic) Fourth official: Coffi Codjia (Benin) Fifth official: Celestin Ntagungira (Rwanda) Man of the Match: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) Two long-range efforts from Bastian Schweinsteiger ensured hosts Germany overcame Portugal to claim third place. Germany took the lead when midfielder Schweinsteiger cut in from the left and drilled in a swerving shot. The Germans went two up when the lively Schweinsteiger's free-kick was sliced into his own net by Armando Petit. Schweinsteiger sealed the victory with another rasping shot from 25 yards and Nuno Gomes headed Portugal a late consolation after a Luis Figo cross. Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn came in for his 86th cap, while Figo, who was rumoured to have had an argument with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari before the match, was relegated to the substitutes' bench.

3  Germany

Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann

1  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Goals:

Bastian Schweinsteiger 56 G
Petit own goal 61 OG
Bastian Schweinsteiger 78 G

Goals:

Nuno Gomes 88 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn (captain)
Defender Robert Huth
Defender Philipp Lahm
Defender/Midfielder Marcell Jansen
Midfielder Torsten Frings
Midfielder Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder Bernd Schneider
Forward Miroslav Klose
Forward Lukas Podolski

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Fernando Meira
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Ricardo Costa
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Maniche
Midfielder Simao
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Pauleta (captain)

Substitutions:

Oliver Neuville for Miroslav Klose 65
Mike Hanke for Lukas Podolski 71
Thomas Hitzlsperger for Bastian Schweinsteiger 79

Substitutions:

Petit for Costinha 46
Nuno Gomes for Nuno Valente 69
Luís Figo for Pauleta 77

Cards:

Torsten Frings 7 Y
Bastian Schweinsteiger 78 Y

Cards:

Ricardo Costa 24 Y
Costinha 33 Y
Paulo Ferreira 60 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Arne Friedrich
Defender Robert Huth
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Michael Ballack
Midfielder Tim Borowski
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger
Forward Gerald Asamoah
Forward Mike Hanke
Forward Oliver Neuville
Forward David Odonkor

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Quim
Goalkeeper Paulo Santos
Defender Marco Caneira
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Tiago
Midfielder Hugo Viana
Midfielder/Forward Luis Boa Morte
Forward Luís Figo
Forward Nuno Gomes

Comments:

This was Germnay's (including West Germany) fourth 3rd Place Play-Off in the World Cup finals. They have won three so now finishing third more often than any other nation. Third choice keeper Timo Hildebrand was the only member of the Germany squad not to take any part in the tournament.

Comments:

Portugal narrowly fail to equal their best-ever World Cup finals performance. They finished third in the 1966 finals in England when they beat USSR 2-1 in the Play-Off at Wembley with goals from Eusebio and Jose Torres. Costinha received four yellow cards which, along with Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, was the most shown to any player at Germany 2006. The only other player ever to receive four yellow cards at a World Cup finals was Bulgaria's Zlatko Jankov at USA '94. As a team, Portugal received a total of 24 yellow cards. They therefore breaking the previous record of 23 that was set Bulgaria in 1994.