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Tiago Ilori is confident Portugal can go one better than the golden generation of Luis Figo and Rui Costa by winning the Under 21 European Championship.

Olomouc bore witness to a remarkable semi-final on Sunday as Rui Jorge's side not only overcame Germany but condemned them to their heaviest ever competitive defeat.

Portugal's attacking masterclass saw them run out 5-0 victors at the Ander Stadium, securing a place in the final for the first time in 21 years.

Tiago Ilori has backed Portugal Under 21s to win the European Championship after their semi-final victory

Ilori says they can go further than Luis Figo and Rui Costa's golden generation lost in the 1994 final

Figo and Costa were part of the class of 1994 yet they were unable to secure victory, meaning the current crop would become the first Portuguese winners - a feat few expect Sweden to prevent given their semi-final heroics.

Ilori, a starter in all three Group B games, was reduced to a watching brief for the Germany encounter due to a thigh complaint, but the Liverpool defender's frustration was outweighed by his delight at the performance.

'It was great,' Ilori told Press Association Sport. 'I couldn't have asked for better.

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'We're going to do everything we can and of course we're confident - we've always been confident.

'But we are humble enough that every team in the group we were in was good and the other group.

'All the teams in the competitions are good teams, so we're going to give it our best but we're always going to respect the other team.'

The 5-0 thrashing of Germany on Sunday saw Portugal reach the final for the first time in 21 years

Bookmakers make Portugal overriding favourites to clinch the European crown on Tuesday

Bookmakers make Portugal overriding favourites to clinch the European crown on Tuesday - little surprise given their squad not only boasts experience but some of the tournament's star players, such as Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho.

Ilori says the latter, a reported Arsenal target, is a 'great asset' to a team with a special bond, thanks in no small part to the fact a number of them came through the Sporting Lisbon ranks together.

'I think it is seven or eight of us,' the £7million defender, a graduate of the Portuguese giants, said.

'We know each other. We've known each other for a long time, even the players that didn't play in Sporting.

'We've been together in the national teams since we're young, so everyone gets along very well.'

Their squad boasts some of the tournament's star players, such as Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho

Ilori, who hopes to be fit for Tuesday's final, may have come through with the likes of Carvalho, Joao Mario and Ricardo Esgaio, but his route to this point could not have been much different.

Born in Hampstead to a Portuguese mother and Nigerian-English father, the defender lived in north London until his family emigrated to the Algarve when he was seven.

Ilori has gone on to represent Portugal at numerous age groups but, having yet to feature for the seniors, remains eligible for England - not that he is thinking about that, or the fact he is the only Premier League player in the final.

Many of the players in the side came through the ranks together at Sporting Lisbon

'To be honest, I'm here to represent Portugal,' the Liverpool centre-back said. 'I am English, I am Portuguese as well.

'Yeah, it's good to have support - hopefully they support our team, not just me. The more support the merrier.

'Hopefully (next season I can impress at Liverpool), that's definitely the objective.

'Right now the only thing that is important to me is the next game and after that we'll see.'

Ilori was born in Hampstead to a Portuguese mother and Nigerian-English father but his family emigrated to the Algarve when he was seven