Can anything stop Germany at Euro 2008?
Germany made it into the final of Euro 2008 despite playing some truly awful football against Turkey.
The question now is can anything stop them winning their fourth European Championship in Sunday’s final in Vienna?
Fans back home in Germany missed some of the second half after a storm in Vienna caused a problem with the TV signal. That was a shame, because it was only in the last few minutes in Basel that Germany actually started playing the way they should have done all along.
In the first half they were far too careless with the ball, seemed to underestimate how dangerous Turkey could be and deservedly fell behind to a goal from Ugur Boral.
Germany equalised with their one moment of quality in the first half, when Bastian Schweinsteiger clipped in from Lukas Podolski’s cross, before a talking-to from coach Joachim Loew at the break served to sort them out.
“I told them we have to play more seriously, and stop losing the ball,” Loew said.
The dressing down worked and when an otherwise anonymous Miroslav Klose headed in on 79 minutes, Germany looked to be on their way. Another twist saw Semih Senturk equalise before Philipp Lahm bagged a 90th minute winner.
Germany win even when they don’t play well. Can they really be stopped?