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Portugal vs Germany Live Score and commentary, Rio Olympics 2016 football

Portugal 0-4 Germany (Gnabry 45+1', Ginter 57', Selke 75', Max 87')
Updated: 13 August 2016 23:35 IST - Published: 13 August 2016 20:01 IST
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Portugal 0-4 Germany

Germany knocked Portugal out of the competition with a convincing four goal victory. Serge Gnabry scored the first of the night at the very death of the first half to let the Germans go into the break with a lead. Matthias Ginter then doubled their advantage with a headed goal from a Julian Brandt corner at 57 minutes. Davie Selke put the result beyond any doubt when he slotted his shot past Varela with fifteen minutes remaining. Phillip Max then put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 87th minute after coming off the bench for Gnabry.

Die Mannschaft will face either Nigeria or Denmark in the semi final, depending on the result of the quarter final game to be played between the two teams. Either way, they will be overwhelming favourites to advance to the final. Host nation Brazil are still in the running, and it will most likely be either the Germans or the Brazilians who go home with gold medals around their necks.

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90+2'  And that's that. The referee has brought the game to an end with a few short blows of the whistle. The Germans will be ecstatic to have qualified for the semi-finals with a quite convincing display against Portugal. They will surely be the favourites to win gold now. Unfortunately for the Portuguese youngsters, they weren't able to emulate the success of their senior squad in the Euros.

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90'  The referee has added 2 minutes of time to be played after the regulation 90.

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87'  That's four for the Germans. Max gets his name on the scoresheet. Brandt played the ball to him just outside the box, and he hit a sweet shot with his left foot, straight into the top right. Varela didn't stand a chance in hell.

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85'  The game seems to have lost its fire. The Portuguese look weary and dejected, as they come to the realisation that they are playing the last minutes of their Olympic campaign.

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82'  Another change for Germany, as Phillip Max replaces Gnabry. Gnabry has been absolutely sensational in the Olympics so far. He picked up his sixth goal in four games today.

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81'  With just ten minutes left, the result is in little doubt. It looks like Die Mannschaft have done enough to go through to the final four of the competition.

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78'  German substitution. Goalscorer Davie Selke makes way for Nils Petersen.

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75' Three goals to the Germans. Max Meyer picked out Selke with a pass on the left of the box, and the striker coolly curled it past a helpless Varela.

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71'  Substitution for Germany. Not surprisingly, Lars Bender comes off. Proemel takes his place.

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69'  Confusion in the German box as Portugal mount an attack. Despite having four men in the box though, the Portuguese were unable to find each other. Another missed opportunity.

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67'  Lars Bender looks to be in great discomfort as he limps and clutches his ankle. He hasn't been having a good day in terms of picking up knocks.

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66'  Portugal have just had the one shot on target so far, whereas Germany have tested the keeper 7 times.

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64'  Germany have all their players in their own half for now, as they look to protect their lead.

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60'  Portugal have a lot to do to turn it around now. 2 goals down with half an hour remaining.

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57'  Goal! Germany take a two goal lead. Brandt whipped the ball in from a corner and Ginter got his head to it to beat Varela.

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56'  Another German attack. Gnabry makes his way into the box and toes a shot at goal, but Varela was to make a block.

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54'  What a chance for Germany! Julian Brandt made a weaving run all the way into the box. He played an angled ball back as Varela charged towards him, and Selke took a shot at the open goal, but a defender was able to get a block in just in time.

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52'  A great chance for Portugal goes amiss. Bruno Fernandes got his head to a cross in the German penalty area and tried to play it on for a teammate, but it rolled out harmlessly. He should've gone for the shot with a header.

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50'  Max Meyer picks up a yellow card for a poor tackle on Fernandes.

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46'  There's a break in play as Ramos and Sven Bender are both hurt. Bender stuck his foot out for a late challenge on the Portuguese, and was booked for the foul.

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45'  We're back for the second half. Portugal get us underway from kick-off as the ref blows his whistle.

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45+1'  The ref has blown for half time. It was a tightly contested first half with both teams playing well, but the goal for Germany on the stroke of half time will give them a huge boost. Serge Gnabry has been in sensational form for the Germans. Portugal are unfortunate to go into half time a goal behind, but they'll have to turn it around in the second half if they want to go through to the semi final.

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45+1'  Goal for Germany! Julian Brandt played Gnabry through to the left on the outside of the box. The winger had plenty of space and made no mistake with his finish to curl it past Varela, who could do nothing.

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45'  The fourth official holds up the board to indicate that there will be 1 minute of added time.

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44'  Bender is back in play. Everybody breathes a sigh of relief. He'll be fine to continue the game.

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42'  Lars Bender is down on the ground after clashing with his teammate Sule. He is now being taken off the field to receive medical attention. Germany are temporarily down to 10 men.

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40'  Portugal putting on the pressure now. They're mounting attack after attack. The substitution has clearly helped the Portuguese.

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38'  Tomas takes a pop at goal from distance, but it was never going to trouble Horn as it went sailing over the crossbar.

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35' Change for Portugal. The coach clearly feels the need to mix something up to keep the Germans from dominating. Oliveira makes way for Ramos.

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33'  Mane made a brilliant piercing run down the right flank, but was finally stopped by Sule in the final third. The resulting corner for Portugal is wasted.

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30'  Germany look like they're slowly gaining the upper hand. They're seeing more of the ball now, and are looking to turn the screw on Portugal.

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25'  The corner is wasted. The ball was whipped in straight to a defender's head, who cleared it out of the box. It fell to Fonseca who tried to smash a volley goalward, but completely miscued it and failed to even make contact with the ball.

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24'  Portugal break on another counter-attack, but Mane is stopped by the solid defence. Corner to Portugal.

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20'  Selke narrowly misses. He picks up the ball just inside the right side of the box and tries to place a shot perfectly into the bottom left. He beat the keepr, but he beat the goal as well.

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19'  Portugal tried to break on the counter with a long ball from the middle of the field, but Mane was clearly offside. He should've timed his run better.

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16'  Both teams look decently comfortable in possession. Both sides are able to retain the ball, string passes together and create chances.

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13'  Great opportunity wasted by Selke. Toljan played him through in an empty Portuguese box, but the striker scuffed his shot horribly as the ball rolls out of play.

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9'  Another chance for Germany. Gnabry passed the ball to Selke on the left, who played a low ball in across the box, but nobody was there to get a foot onto it. Gnabry is already making a menace of himself.

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5'  Serge Gnabry takes a speculative long range shot with his left foot. The shot took Varela by surprise, but he was able to dive and keep the ball out of the net.

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1'  Almost a goal for Mane! He picks up the ball in the box and takes a shot, but Horn blocks it. The rebound fell to Martins, but he couldn't make much of the opportunity. Early threat from the Portuguese.

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1'  And we're off. The ref blows his whistle to get this quarter final underway, and the players oblige. Germany start the game from kick-off.

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Both teams have announced their confirmed line-ups.

Portugal: Varela, Figueiredo, Podstwaski, Oliveira, Agra, Mane, Esgaio, Edgar, Martins, Fernandes, Fonseca

Germany: Horn, Toljan, Ginter, Sule, Klostermann, S. Bender, L. Bender, Brandt, Meyer, Gnabry, Selke

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Portugal vs Germany Match Preview 

Portugal take on Germany in the quarter final phase of the Rio Olympics 2016 men’s football tournament. Germany qualified after finishing second in group C, behind South Korea. Germany were held to a 2-2 draw in their opening fixture against defending champions Mexico.  

In their second match of the group they faced a confident South Korea side that had just swept Fiji aside by scoring eight past them. Germany were lucky to escape the fixture with a point, as Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry scored at the death to draw the teams level before full time.  

Germany’s final game in group C was against Fiji, and Die Mannschaft had to win by a margin of five goals or more to assure their qualification to the quarter finals. The Germans finished the game 10-0, with Nils Petersen grabbing five goals, Max Meyer picking up a hat-trick for himself and Gnabry scoring a brace. 

Portugal qualified for the last eight by finishing top in group D. They met popular favourites of group D Argentina in their first fixture, in which they defeated the Albiceleste 2-0. In their second game of the group stages, Portugal faced off against Honduras. They won that game 2-1.  

Portugal secured qualification to the next round within their first two games, and the last match of their group stage against Algeria was inconsequential for them. That match ended as a 1-1 stalemate between the teams. 

Portuguese forward Goncalo Pacienca is certainly a man to watch out for. The striker has scored a goal in in each of the three matches in Portugal’s group stage. 

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Portugal vs Germany Team News

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has chosen a very youthful and rather inexperienced side who are still wet behind the ears. Andre Martins, who had won two caps for Portugal before the Olympics is the only player in the squad with prior experience with the national side at senior level. 

German Coach Horst Hrubesch will be without Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich and Emre Can, due to their participation in the Euro Cup 2016. The 65-year-old has chosen twin brothers Sven and Lars Bender, along with striker Nils Petersen as his senior players in the squad. 

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Portugal vs Germany H2H (Head to Head)

The Germans certainly have had the upper hand in past meetings between these two teams. In 18 matches played, Germany have won 10, Portugal won 3 and five games ended with even scores. 

The last time these two sides clashed was in the FIFA World Cup 2014, in a match in which Germany dominated to win 4-0.