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.
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