BASEL (Switzerland) (AFP) - Bastian Schweinsteiger revealed he was only obeying the orders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he steered his country into the last four of Euro 2008. The Bayern Munich midfielder scored Germany's opener and then delivered the free-kicks that led to their second and third goals in a a 3-2 defeat of Portugal, redeeming himself completely after he was sent off in the group stage defeat by Croatia. That red card led to him sitting out the final group game against Austria, where he sat in the stands next to Merkel. And after picking up the man of the match award on Thursday, the blond midfielder revealed: "She told me what I needed to do today. She told me I should not do the same foolish things (as against Croatia) and play as I had been doing before. "I took her advice."