by beating Portugal 3-1 in Stuttgart on Saturday, 8 July 2006. The host nation may have been craving for the final, but they proved they were still hungry in the `mini-final’.
FT:The final whistle goes here in Stuttgart. Germany win this game to finish third in the 2006 World Cup finals. There was not a lot between the teams but Schweinsteiger was the man who made the difference. Two great strikes and it was his ball that set up the own goal. An entertaining game, and a fitting way for the home nation to bow out. The crowd were brilliant again and they played some great football. In the end it was comfortable.
90 mins:There will be 2 minutes of injury time.
89 mins:Portugal are having a real go here, another goal back would make it really interesting, but it doesn’t look like they will have enough time.
88 mins:GOAL – NUNO GOMES. Superb delivery by Figo and Gomes couldn’t miss and heads it home. What a ball by Figo and Kahn can do nothing. Surely no more than a consolation?
86 mins:Hitzlsperger does well to get a cross in and Neuville gets across his man but can’t direct it towards goal.
84 mins:Ronaldo goes for goal again but this time it is wide of Kahn’s goal.
83 mins:Ronaldo blasts the free-kick from 30 yards towards goal and Kahn has to make a save, punching the ball to safety. Good strike.
82 mins:Deco tries to go forward with the ball but he is fouled in the middle of the field.
80 mins:Schweinsteiger is replaced by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
79 mins:Schweinsteiger is booked for taking his top off while celebrating and is going to come off.
78 mins:GOAL – SCHWEINSTEIGER. He gets the ball wide, cuts inside and blasts one into the corner of the net. A better strike than his first, what a superb goal and performance.
77 mins:Figo and Maniche combine to set up Ronaldo who shoots and forces a save out of Kahn.
77 mins:It is defended well. Figo comes on for Pauleta.
76 mins:Portugal have a corner.
74 mins:Figo will come on shortly.
73 mins:Simao looks for Pauleta who peels off at the back post but it is just too high for him. To his credit, Pauleta makes some great runs.
72 mins:The German fans are in full voice now, they are loving this as their team knock the ball about with ease.
71 mins:Podolski gets a great ovation as he goes off. Voted the young player of the tournament, he finishes on three goals and no wonder the fans love him. Great talent.
70 mins:Podolski goes off to be replaced by Mike Hanke.
69 mins:Portugal have two centre forwards on the pitch now, why did they not show the same ambition against England or, more importantly, when they were down against France?
68 mins:Nuno Gomes comes on for Nuno Valente.
67 mins:Can Portugal find two goals? It looks unlikely but if they can get one the game will change.
66 mins:Nuno Gomes is getting ready to come on for Portugal and still there is no sign of Luis Figo, who will bow out of international football after this game.
65 mins:Germany look dangerous every time they go forward now, they have gained so much confidence from the goals.
63 mins:Klose makes way for Oliver Neuville. He finishes the tournament on five goals, will it be enough to finish top scorer?
62 mins:Ronaldo sets up Deco who shoots for goal and forces Kahn into a good save. Good strike by Deco but Kahn equal to it.
61 mins:OWN GOAL – PETIT. Schweinsteiger whips the free-kick into the box and it flies of the shin of Petit and it is 2-0 to Germany. Unfortunate for the substitute, but it was a terrific delivery by Schweinsteiger.
59 mins:Ferreira clips the heels of Podolski and it is a yellow card.
58 mins:Klose crosses to Lahm who is free on the edge of the box at an angle and he volleys the ball first time and it goes just over the bar. Great technique by the Bayern Munich man and that could have been goal of the tournament had that gone in.
57 mins:How will Portugal respond? They have had plenty of the ball, but are behind now. Will that give Germany the lift to go on and score a few goals?
56 mins:GOAL – SCHWEINSTEIGER. Brilliant play as he cuts inside, goes past two men and blasts towards goal from 25 yards out and it flies past Ricardo. A great strike but it was fairly central and the swerve seemed to elude Ricardo. The hosts have the lead.
54 mins:Can either side grab a goal here? It will go to extra-time and penalties if need be.
52 mins:Ronaldo plays Pauleta in through on goal but his touch is poor, he cuts inside but his left-foot shot is poor and is easy for Kahn. Another chance wasted by Pauleta. If Portugal had as good strikers as opponents Germany, they would be one of the world’s top sides.
50 mins:Simao goes for goal from the free-kick but once again a set-piece goes over the bar.
49 mins:Portugal have a free-kick just outside the box as Maniche is fouled by Jansen. A shooting chance.
48 mins:Jansen gets forward again and delivers a great ball, low across the penalty box, but Podolski doesn’t gamble and Ricardo slides out to avert the danger.
47 mins:Lahm tries to get forward on the other side but Petit tackles him well.
46 mins:Jansen is fouled by Ronaldo as the full-back races forward.
46 mins:Germany get the game restarted. Portugal have brought on Armando Petit for Costinha.
HT:The half-time whistle goes and it has been an entertaining game. Portugal have had more possession and have looked good, getting men forward and trying to create. Had they shown more ambition earlier on in the tournament, who knows what would have happened. Germany will want to improve in the second-half for the home crowd.
45 mins:There will be one minute of injury time.
44 mins:Ronaldo goes past three men and tumbles on the edge of the box. No free-kick is given and once again he has done his reputation no good whatsoever. Antics like that, from him and from many others, have soured this World Cup.
43 mins:Portugal have a corner. They take it short and Deco cuts inside, creates space and goes for goal, but it is a super challenge by Christoph Metzelder.
42 mins:Frings has a shot blocked by Ricardo Costa after a quick break by the home side.
41 mins:Maniche looks for the crossfield pass but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
39 mins:Portugal have, possibly surprisingly, the much better of the possession in this match but still it remains goalless.
38 mins:Lahm does the same on Germany’s right but the end result is the same and Ricardo has the ball.
37 mins:Simao beats Jansen to the by-line but his cross is collected by Kahn.
36 mins:This time it is better, Kahn is caught in no mans land, but neither Costinha, Ronaldo or Simao can make contact. If they had it would surely have been a goal.
35 mins:Portugal break and Simao wins a corner. Deco delivers, it is poor but he will get another chance.
34 mins:Germany come forward but Podolski can’t find Klose.
33mins:Frings tries this time from a free-kick but, again, it is high over the bar.
31 mins:Schweinsteiger plays in Kehl just outside the box but he can’t get to the ball as he is fouled by Costinha. He is given a yellow card for the foul.
30 mins:Nice passing again by Portugal which leads to Deco who gets space in the box, he turns and tries a curling shot but it is well over and is no threat to Oliver Kahn.
29 mins:Another shooting chance from a free-kick, this time on the other side from Podolski’s shot. Schneider goes for it but it is way over the bar.
28 mins:Schweinsteiger crosses but the danger is averted by the defence.
27 mins:Klose runs at Valente who makes a good challenge but the referee has given a free-kick. A poor decision. The free-kick is just outside the box on the right hand side near the touchline.
26 mins:The game has calmed down just a bit here, but it has been thoroughly entertaining so far.
24 mins:Podolski opts for power from the free-kick and forces Ricardo into a save. A good effort.
23 mins:Klose is away down the right-hand side but is fouled just outside the box by Ricardo Costa, and inevitably he is shown a yellow card.
22 mins:Schweinsteiger delivers a free-kick from deep but it goes all the way out for a goal-kick.
21 mins:Germany look to threaten through Klose who plays it to Podolski inside the box but he is forced wide and the chance is gone. A better ball and Podolski would have been on for a shot.
20 mins:Kehl does well to create space and tries a chip from the edge of the box which Ricardo makes a meal of and tips it over for a corner when he could have caught it easily. One for the cameras there.
18 mins:Portugal play some fantastic football at times, passing superbly well, but first Deco has a shot blocked then Ronaldo, that has summed their tournament, for me. Excellent up until the final third then they seem to lack imagination.
17 mins:Portugal are having the better of the game, Pauleta shows good skill but Frings challenges him and it is a throw in. The pressure is on, can they make it count?
16 mins:Pauleta is Portugal’s leading scorer of all-time, but he has been a major disappointment at this World Cup.
15 mins:Pauleta is played through one-on-one with Kahn, but his effort is feeble and Kahn saves. He was in a similar position to Del Piero against Germany but could not replicate the Italian.
14 mins:Ferreira storms forward on the right and lays the ball to Deco but just as he is about to shoot from 25 yards out he is tackled.
13 mins:Free-kick to Portugal almost at the corner flag to be taken by Deco. The ball comes in but Germany are awarded a free-kick of their own for pushing in the box.
12 mins:It has been a lively start here in Stuttgart. Both sides looking to get men forward and create chances.
10 mins:Ronaldo does superbly well, beats two men and gives the ball to Simao Sabrosa in space on the edge of the box, but he appears to get caught in two minds and his cross/shot goes well over the bar.
9 mins:Frings works space very well after a mistake by Paulo Ferreira and has a shot left-footed but he drags it wide.
8 mins:Germany break quickly, Schweinsteiger plays in Klose but his shot from the angle goes wide from about 20 yards out. Portugal were caught out at the back there.
6 mins:The first yellow card of the game goes to Torsten Frings for a challenge from behind on Deco.
5 mins:Marcell Jansen looks for World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose but it is just too long.
4 mins:The free-kick is delivered and the ball falls to Sebastian Kehl and his shot is deflected inches wide, but the Germans claim handball against Nuno Valente, it looks like a good shout.
3 mins:Philip Lahm, playing right-back tonight is fouled and it’s a free-kick on the right hand side just outside the box.
2 mins:Maniche looks for Pauleta but Jens Nowotny heads clear.
1 mins:Portugal have some early possession and Ronaldo is fouled by Schweinsteiger. It was indeed a foul.
1 mins:Portugal get this 3rd-4th play-off match underway here in Stuttgart. Despite both sides wishing they were in tomorrow’s final, they will want to win this game, which is a sell-out.
Pre-match: Huth has injured himself during the warm-up so Jens Nowotny comes in. Pre-match:Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann makes way for long-time rival Oliver Kahn as Germany prepare to take on Portugal in the third-place play-off match in Stuttgart. The Bayern Munich stopper is one of five changes from Tuesday’s heart-breaking 2-0 extra-time semi-final defeat to Italy. Marcell Jansen earns his World Cup debut at right-back, joining future Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth in defence. Bastian Schweinsteiger replaces the injured Michael Ballack (knee) in the starting XI, while Torsten Frings also returns from a one-game ban. Luiz Felipe Scolari fields Chelsea’s Paulo Ferreira for injured right-back Miguel, Ricardo Costa replaces the suspended Ricardo Carvalho in central defence, while Simao Sabrosa comes in for Luis Figo.