Rio 2016: Germany cruise into semis with win over Portugal

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Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0, with four players sharing the goals, to progress to the semi-finals of the Rio Games football tournament on Saturday.

Striker Serge Gnabry scored the opener for the Germans with a lovely angled shot seconds before half time and Matthias Ginter added a second with a commanding header from a corner 12 minutes into the second half.

Davie Selke got a third in the 75th minute with a goal that was almost identical to the first, then substitute Philipp Max put the icing on the cake when he ended a sweeping move with a lovely finish into the top corner three minutes from time.

The result was payback for Portugal’s 5-0 hammering of Germany in the semi-finals of the European under-21 championship last year.

Germany will face either Nigeria or Denmark, who were meeting later on Saturday, in their semi-final. South Korea take on Honduras while hosts and three-times runners-up Brazil play Colombia in later matches, also on Saturday.

Match summary

0 – Portugal: Varela; Esgaio, Tobias, Edgar Ié, Podstwaski; Martins (Paciencia, 58′), Oliveira (Ramos min 35′ (Silva min 61′ )); Fernandes; Mané, Fonseca; Agra.

4 – Germany: Horn; Toljan, Ginter, Sule, Klostermann; L. Bender (Prömel min 72′ ), S. Bender; Brandt, Gnabry (Max min 82′ ), Meyer; Selke (Petersen min 78′ ).

Entrenador: Horst Hrubesch.

Goals: 0-1 45′ Gnabry. 0-2 57′ Ginter. 0-3 75′ Selke. 0-4 87′ Max.

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