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Germany handles Portugal to advance to semifinals

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Portugal and Germany faced off in the first men’s soccer quarterfinal match of the day with Germany coming out on top 4-0. 

Portugal was forced to start the match without its leading goal scorer Paciencia due to an injury.   

Within the first minute of the match Portugal’s Mane nearly put his team in front, but his close range shot was saved by German goalkeeper Timo Horn.

In the 5th minute, Germany created its first of many scoring chances in the first half as Serge Gnabry took a shot from outside the box that forced Portuguese goalkeeper Bruno Varela into a diving save.

It was Gnabry again less than two minutes later as he was left wide open on the left side of the box. He tried to get around the ball to take a curling shot, but mishit the attempt. 

German forward Davie Selke joined the attack in the 14th minute as he received a cutback cross just outside of the six yard box, but could not convert. 

In the 35th minute, Selke was able to get a shot on goal which forced Varela into a lunging save. 

In stoppage time of the first half Germany finally found a breakthrough. Maximilian Meyer sent a pass across the box to Gnabry who scored from a tight angle to make it 1-0. Gnabry has scored six goals at the Olympics, including at least one in all four of Germany’s matches.

In the second half Germany was on the front foot trying to increase its lead and did so in the 57th minute. Matthias Ginter won a header in the box to double his team’s lead. 

Once Portugal went down two goals, Paciencia was subbed into the match to help Portugal’s offense, but his inclusion did not help as Germany was the next team to score. 

In the 75th minute, Selke slotted the ball into the side netting to make it 3-0.

Philipp Max capped off Germany's win with a goal in the 87th minute as the team cruised to victory.

Germany advances to the semifinals where it will face the winner of Nigeria vs. Denmark. Portugal is eliminated from Olympic competition.

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