A sub-standard performance from Germany saw a dominant Portugal side cruise to a 5-0 victory as they booked their place in the final of the U21 European Championship Final. Portugal started well and put pressure of the German defenders, who were looking to build from the back and frequently won the ball back before Germany could build an attack. The danger from Portugal looked to be down the right, with a good move leading to a shot hitting the post. Portugal got the breakthrough in the 25th minute through Bernardo Silva, who picked up a return pass and rifled the ball past Ter Stegen from 10 yards. Within 10 minutes, the lead had double as non-existent marking from an inswinging corner allowed Ricardo to tap home from 3 yards. Portugal scored their 3rd on the stroke of half time through Cavaleiro, who fired into the top right corner after being found by Joao Mario who had been unmarked at the far post.
The second half continued where the first had left off, with Portugal only needing 45 seconds to extend their lead further; a shot from Joao Mario from outside the area took a big deflection and left Ter Stegen stranded. The fifth and final goal was scored by Horta in the 71st minute, who got in front of Ter Stegen at the near post from a cross from the left and flicked it into the net. Germany finished the game with 10 men after Bittencourt, a substitute, picked up a second yellow card in the 75th minute as the game petered out.
Portugal’s midfield looked very strong and completely outplayed the German one, with Bernardo Silva looking an excellent player. Portugal will be going into the final as favourites.