Portugal secured an emphatic 5-0 victory over Germany in their under-21 Euro championship semi-final on Saturday evening.
Bernardo Silva opened the scoring after some impressive build-up play sent him clear down the left channel before he thumped the ball past Ter Stegen to give his team the lead.
It didn’t take long for the Portuguese to double that lead with Ricardo capitalising on some poor defending from a corner which left him unmarked at the back post.
Having made it 2-0, the game was certainly slipping away from the Germans before they finally mustered some resistance and showed signs of getting back into it.
However, things went from bad to worse minutes later with Cavaleiro hitting home a third goal just before the interval to ultimately end the contest.
While Portugal would have been forgiven for sitting back and seeing the game out thereafter, they added a fourth just minutes after the restart with Joao Mario finding the back of the net with some more impressive build-up play.
The misery continued for Germany as despite pushing forward to at least restore some pride, they were merely punished yet again with Horta adding a fifth.
Portugal will now await the winner of Denmark and Sweden to see who they face in the final, while the Germans will rue being too concerned with preventing their opponents from playing rather than focusing on their own strengths as they ultimately fell apart at the worst time possible.
Germany were also reduced to 10 men after Leonardo Bittencourt picked up two yellow cards despite only coming on as a substitute.