Germany will face Portugal in a fascinating quarter-final showdown after Joachim Low’s side limped past Austria with a narrow 1-0 victory over the co-hosts in Vienna.
slot gacor stunning 49th minute free-kick was enough for Germany to sign off their Group B campaign on a high, but they will certainly need to improve against an impressive Portugal unit if they are to go any further in Euro 2008.
Defeat for Austria means they joined fellow co-hosts Switzerland in failing to make it out of the group stages of their own tournament.
Josef Hickersberger’s side knew that a win over Germany would have seen them and not the pre-tournament favourites qualify for the last eight, but they never really looked capable of causing an upset in front of a partisan 50,000 crowd.
Austria showed plenty of spirit and desire, but they ultimately lacked quality in the final third and failed to significantly test Jens Lehmann in the opposition goal throughout a disappointing 90 minutes.
Germany would have been ahead with only five minutes on the clock had Mario Gomez not been guilty of the miss of the tournament so far.
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