Ballack keen to put out Scolari

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack wants to knock Luiz Felipe Scolari out of Euro 2008 after setting up a quarter-final against Portugal with a stunning winner in Vienna.

The pair will be working with each next season at Chelsea but Ballack is set to put club loyalties aside when he faces his new manager on Thursday at St Jakob-Park in Basel.

Germany only needed a point against Austria at Ernst Happel Stadium to progress from Group B but Ballack’s 25-yard free-kick earned them a 1-0 win.

Ballack said: “We played against them in the World Cup and from that point of view I’m looking forward to winning against them again.

“I know several players from Portugal from Chelsea and other occasions, all of them are good individuals, they play well attacking and are great footballers. They also have Ronaldo, who has had a great season in England.

“It will be a difficult game but both teams are capable of going far, they are probably favourites but that may favour our game.”

Both coaches, Joachim Low for Germany and Josef Hickersberger for the tournament co-hosts, were sent to the stands after appearing to bicker on the touchline with each other and the fourth official.

Low is expected to find out tomorrow if he faces a touchline ban for the Portugal clash.

William Gaillard, UEFA director of communications, said: “The referee will write a report to the control and disciplinary body and it will be up to them if any sanctions will be applied.”

Austria team manager Andreas Herzog felt referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez was trying to steal the limelight.

Herzog said: “We’ve never had a situation like this before, perhaps the referees would like to have a great deal of attention.

“It was a normal match but the second half was not easy because of the unrest of the coaches being gone.

“I think it was an exaggeration, neither did anything and I think the referee wanted to get attention.”

Austria would have reach the last eight if they won, and Herzog added: “Of course we are disappointed, we have a young team and they are depressed in the dressing room but life goes on.”

Low’s assistant, Hans-Dieter Flick, revealed that both coaches were determined to remain on the touchline.

“I think both of them simply said that they wanted to keep coaching,” he said.

“Whatever happened had to do with the fact that things were becoming too chaotic and hectic.

“I think both of the coaches tried to explain to the fourth official that they wanted to continue coaching, and then they were sent off.”

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