Olomouc - Germany were knocked out of the UEFA U-21 Championship at the semi-final stage after suffering a 5-0 defeat to Portugal.
Despite a bright start, Horst Hrubesch's young charges never recovered from Bernardo Silva’s 25th-minute opener, with Ricardo, Ivan Cavaleiro, Joao Mario and Ricardo Horta adding further goals before Leonardo Bittencourt was dismissed late on.
Germany, boasting nine Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 stars in their line-up, controlled the opening 20 minutes against a well-organised Portugal side, with Johannes Geis, Joshua Kimmich and Kevin Volland all coming close to breaking the deadlock. Portugal, however, took the lead when Bernardo Silva rounded off a clinical counter in the 25th minute, and added two further goals before the break through Ricardo and Ivan Cavaleiro.
Despite the entrance of Max Meyer after the restart, Portugal increased the lead when Joao Mario's deflected shot found the net in the 46th minute. Meyer and fellow substitute, Hannover 96's Leonardo Bittencourt, added positivity and directness, but the Portuguese defence held on comfortably before Ricardo Horta added a fifth in the 71st minute. Bittencourt received a second yellow late on, completing a miserable evening for the German youngsters.
Germany: ter Stegen – Korb (Klaus, 87'), Günter, Ginter, Heintz, Schulz (Bittencourt, 50') – Geis (Meyer, 46'), Can, Kimmich – Younes, Volland
Portugal: Jose Sa – Ricardo Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira, Raphael Guerreiro (Joao Cancelo, 64'), Tobias Figueireido – William Carvalho, Sergio Oliveira, Bernardo Silva (Rafa Silva, 50'), Joao Mario – Ivan Cavaleiro (Ricardo Horta, 46'), Ricardo
Goals: 1-0 Bernardo Silva (25'), 2-0 Ricardo (33'), 3-0 Ivan Cavaleiro (45'), 4-0 Joao Mario (46'), 5-0 Ricardo Horta (71')
Red card: Bittencourt (75')