Germany captain Michael Ballack booked his side's place in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals with a thunderous free-kick, ending the hopes of Austria despite a valiant effort from the co-hosts in Vienna.
Group B - Matchday 3
AUSTRIA 0-1 GERMANY
Michael Ballack's superb second-half strike handed Germany a last eight tie against Portugal at the expense of co-hosts Austria who exited Euro 2008. The midfielder scored the only goal of the match when he fired in a powerful 30-yard shot from a free-kick won by Philipp Lahm. The Germans should have scored early in the match but Mario Gomez somehow missed from two yards. Austria's best chance fell to Andreas Ivanschitz whose shot was blocked. The win takes Germany through ahead of the co-hosts and Poland for Thursday's quarter-final.
Austria: Macho, Garics, Stranzl, Hiden (Leitgeb 55), Pogatetz, Harnik (Kienast 67), Aufhauser (Saumel 63), Ivanschitz, Fuchs, Korkmaz, Hoffer.
Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Fritz (Borowski 90), Frings, Ballack, Podolski (Neuville 83), Gomez (Hitzlsperger 60), Klose.
[Euro 2008 Group B]