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Euro 2008: Stars of the knockout stages

June 30, 2008

German Blitzkrieg

Bastian Schweinsteiger made a remarkable comeback.

Listless in the group stages, he also received a red card against Croatia. But in the knockout stages, he was arguably the best German on the field.

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  • He scored once and set up two for Miroslav Klose and Ballack in a brilliant 3-2 win over Portugal in the quarter-finals.

    And in the semi-finals against Turkey he was spectacular.

    The midfielder powered through the Turkey midfield, lost his markers and deftly flicked a cross from Lukas Podolski wide of Rustu Recber to make it 1-1, as Germany equalised against the run of play.

    In the final against Spain, he was good, but not good enough. And that probably made the difference.

    Photographs: Getty Images

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