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  • Date:13 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:Lviv New Stadium - Lviv
  • Nicklas Bendtner (41)
    Nicklas Bendtner (80)
  • Pepe (24)
    Helder Postiga (36)
    Silvestre Varela (87)

Live Commentary


A thrilling conclusion to an excellent game, which over the course of 90 minutes got a deserving winner. A fine comeback from Denmark, but they were ultimately beaten by a goal worthy of sealing any game. Portugal live to fight another day.


Full-time: Denmark 2-3 Portugal


Great chance for Denmark as the ball is rolled out to Schone in the right channel to strike at goal, but he snatches at it and the ball flies high and wide.


Denmark are struggling to get hold of the ball as we enter the last of four added minutes.


Ronaldo is booked for Portugal for a late challenge on Kvist.


Substitution for Denmark, who replace Krohn-Delhi with Lasse Schone.


Subsitution as Portugal send on defender Rolando for attacking midfielder Nani.


A stunning strike from the substitute. A cross came in from the left from Coentrao, Varela fluffed his first attempt but swept home a brilliant right-footed strike from 15 yards with his second. Andersen stood no chance.


Goal! Denmark 2-3 Portugal (Silvestre Varela)


Portugal have responded to conceding well and are pushing forward hard now. A corner has just fallen to Ronaldo's feet, but it came at him quickly and he failed to make contact.


Ronaldo has another chance but this time is snuffed out by Agger and Jacobsen before he can get his shot away.


Substitution for Portugal as Meireles is replaced by Silvestre Varela.


Ronaldo looks to make instant amends by firing in a free-kick, but Andersen is right behind it and makes a comfortable save. Meanwhile, Jacobsen has picked up a booking for Denmark.


Denmark punish Portugal and, in particular, Ronaldo for his misses. Jacobsen whips in a deep cross from the right to Bendtner at the back post. Rui Patricio got a hand to the Arsenal striker's header but couldn't keep it out.


Goal! Denmark 2-2 Portugal (Nicklas Bendtner)


That was superb build-up play by Oliveira and Nani, but replays show that Ronaldo's 15-yard shot was at least three yards wide.


Fantastic chance for Portugal as Ronaldo is played through one-on-one with Andersen by Nani. He tried to pick out the bottom corner with a sidefooted right-foot shot, but instead placed his effort inexplicably wide.


Chance for Denmark as Eriksen swings in a free-kick from the left, but Rui Patricio punched clear ahead of the lunging Kjaer.


Portugal seem content to let Denmark have the ball and are setting up two tightly packed banks of four and then five on the edge of their box, before looking to attack on the counter.


And still Ronaldo's struggles continue. He just outstripped two markers with his pace on the left wing but then ballooned his cross way over the goal and out of play.


The game is starting to open up now and Meireles has just had another shot at goal, although his 25-yard right-foot effort was speculative and went way over.


Straight down the other end, Denmark have an even better chance when Bendtner controls the ball brilliantly on the edge of the box, only to send his left-foot shot wide. He should have at least hit the target.


Chance for Portugal as they work it neatly around the final third before feeding Oliveira, but his left-foot shot from the edge of the box is easily saved by Andersen.


Ronaldo was a constant menace in the first half but has struggled to find his touch so far in the second. He has just ran at Jacobsen but tackled himself when attempting a stepover.


Denmark are starting to get their act together again going forward and have just threatened down the right through Mikkelsen, who swept in a devillish low cross that Pepe did well to clear at the near post.


Substitution for Portugal as Postiga is replaced by Nelson Oliveira.


Fantastic effort from Kvist! A deflected cross falls out to the midfielder, who half-volleys it first-time from 20 yards only narrowly past the angle of crossbar and post.


The comfort in possession Denmark showed at the start of the second half has completely deserted them. And to make matters worse, Dennis Rommedahl has just pulled up with what looks like a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Tobias Mikkelsen.


Portugal are looking very dangerous at the moment and Veloso, whose delivery has been excellent all game, whips another free-kick to right under the crossbar, forcing an under-pressure Andersen to punch clear.


Jakob Poulsen picks up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Nani after Denmark had once again given the ball away.


Another opportunity for Portugal as Nani turns Simon Poulsen inside out on the right wing, but his low cross is cut out by Andersen. Portugal have responded well to Denmark's assured start to the half.


Denmark are once again caught in possession and Meireles has several options to play team-mates into dangerous positions, but instead overhits his pass out of play. That was a good opportunity spurned.


Denmark are controlling possession right now and are waiting patiently for the killer ball. But as I write they give it away and Ronaldo is immediately played through on goal, only to fire his shot straight at Andersen. Major let-off for Denmark.


And we're back under way in Lviv, where Denmark have predictably made a purposeful start to the second half.


Portugal were in complete control of this game but that Bendtner's goal has put Denmark very much back in it. Morten Olsen's team had been poor up to that point, with Portugal looking at their most dangerous on the break and from set pieces, but Paolo Bento's side now find themselves in a far less comfortable position in what is a must-win game for them.


Half-time: Denmark 1-2 Portugal


Play has been held up by an innocuous injury to Postiga, who is receiving treatment.


We're now into the first of two minutes of added time.


Chance for Portugal as Nani whips a fine cross to Postiga at the near post but a lunging Andersen gets there first. His punch wasn't convincing, though, and it needed a defender to clear to prevent Ronaldo getting as toe to it.


Another very well-constructed goal. Jacobsen cuts inside Ronaldo on the right wing and plays the ball to Poulsen, who swings a teasing cross to the back post, where Krohn-Delhi heads back across goal for Bendtner to nod into an empty net.


Goal! Denmark 1-2 Portugal (Nicklas Bendtner)


Even before the goal, Portugal had started to play with real pace and urgency. As soon as they pick the ball up in midfield, Postiga, Nani and Ronaldo burst to life and sprint forward at speed. Denmark's defence and midfield are struggling to cope.


That's a really well-made goal by Portugal. Nani was fed down the right wing and he squared for Postiga to steer the ball past Andersen and into the top corner at the near post. Fine goal.


Goal! Denmark 0-2 Portugal (Helder Postiga)


Ronaldo takes the free-kick but his effort can't quite clear the wall and is headed over by Simon Kjaer.


Ronaldo surges down the left wing, cuts inside and was just about to pull the trigger on a right-foot shot when he was fould on the edge of the box by Lars Jacobsen. Portugal have a free-kick in a dangerous position now.


Meireles picks up a yellow card for halting the progress of the counter-attacking Michael Krohn-Delhi.


That was Pepe's third international goal and he is proving a danger in attack in this tournament, having struck the crossbar against Germany.


The corner that yielded the goal was won courtesy of a great chance for Portugal. Veloso swung another magnificent ball in from the left for Postiga to volley wide. The referee adjudged a Danish defender to have got a touch, and from the resulting corner Pepe scored.


The Real Madrid defender gives Portugal the lead by heading home Nani's corner at the near post. Fine set piece.


Goal! Denmark 0-1 Portugal (Pepe)


Ronaldo has another effort on goal, this time from a free-kick from a tight angle on the left, but his strike is high and wide.


Chance for Portugal and Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man played in Raul Meireles to let fly from distance, but the shot was blocked and deflected back into the path of Ronaldo, who also went for goal but dragged his right-footed effort from 20 yards wide.


Zimling hobbles off and has been replaced by Jakob Poulsen.


Denmark are going to have to make a change here because Zimling has picked up a calf injury and has signalled to the bench that he needs to be replaced.


Chance for Portugal as Miguel Veloso collects a short corner on the right and whips a vicious ball in towards goal, forcing Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen to clear with a diving punch.


Ronaldo picks the ball up deep and gets his first chance to run at Denmark, but he is instantly greeted by a red wall of two midfielders who force him to check his run and redistribute the ball. That could be a sign of things to come for Ronaldo.


Portugal are starting to settle into the game and have begun stroking the ball around midfield, but without breaking through the Denmark line.


Denmark are applying plenty of pressure here and have already won a series of corners, but have failed to threaten the Portuguese goal with any of them. Portugal, meanwhile, have just mounted their first serious attack, but it met an abrupt end when Joao Pereira's cross cleared everybody and went out of play.


Chance for Denmark as a headed clearance fell to Niki Zimling, whose scuffed first-time volley dropped to the feet of Christian Eriksen, but his shot was blocked by Pepe.


We're under way in Lviv, where the two sides have just been feeling each other out so far.

Four players are on on bookings, two from each side: Simon Poulsen and William Kvist for Denmark; Fabio Coentrao and Helder Postiga for Portugal.

The teams are now on their way out and we're about ready for the national anthems. Denmark are in red, with Portugal in white.

Denmark have no reason to fear Portugal, having finished above them in qualifying for both this tournament and the 2010 World Cup. Denmark also have a higher world ranking: ninth compared with Portgual's tenth.

And this is the Portugal team: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto.

Here's how Denmark will line up: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner. Subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel.

Both teams are unchanged from their opening fixtures, which is somewhat of a surprise for the Danes, who were understood to be contemplating naming Michael Silberbauer as a dedicated man-marker for Cristiano Ronaldo. For Portugal, Ricardo Quaresma is on the substitutes' bench after he missed Saturday's match with a leg muscle strain.

Welcome to our coverage of Denmark's Group B clash with Portugal in Lviv. Paolo Bento's side are in desperate need of a positive result after their 1-0 defeat to Germany on Saturday. Denmark, meanwhile, will go into the game buoyed by their surprise 1-0 win over the Netherlands.

Both teams are now on three points having won one and lost one. Denmark play Germany on Sunday, while Portugal take on the Netherlands.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Morten Olsen Coach
  • Stephan Andersen Goal
  • Lars Jacobsen Defender
  • Simon Kjær Defender
  • Daniel Agger Defender
  • Simon Poulsen Defender
  • Dennis Rommedahl Midfielder
  • William Kvist Midfielder
  • Christian Eriksen Midfielder
  • Niki Zimling Midfielder
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli Midfielder
  • Nicklas Bendtner Forward
  • Anders Lindegaard Substitute
  • Kasper Schmeichel Substitute
  • Andreas Bjelland Substitute
  • Jores Okore Substitute
  • Daniel Wass Substitute
  • Christian Poulsen Substitute
  • Michael Silberbauer Substitute
  • Nicklas Pedersen Substitute
  • Thomas Kahlenberg Substitute
  • Jakob Poulsen
  • Tobias Mikkelsen
  • Lasse Schone


  • Paulo Bento Coach
  • Rui Patricio Goal
  • Joao Pereira Defender
  • Bruno Alves Defender
  • Pepe Defender
  • Fabio Coentrao Defender
  • Raul Meireles Midfielder
  • Miguel Veloso Midfielder
  • Joao Moutinho Midfielder
  • Nani Forward
  • Helder Postiga Forward
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Forward
  • Eduardo Substitute
  • Beto Substitute
  • Ricardo Costa Substitute
  • Miguel Lopes Substitute
  • Custódio Substitute
  • Ricardo Quaresma Substitute
  • Hugo Almeida Substitute
  • Ruben Micael Substitute
  • Hugo Viana Substitute
  • Nelson Oliveira Substitute who played
  • Silvestre Varela Substitute who played
  • Rolando Substitute who played

Match Report

Varela saves Ronaldo's blushes in thriller
Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 in a thrilling Euro 2012 Group B clash here on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
A stunning goal by substitute Silvestre Varela three minutes from time saw the 2004 finalists take the points after they had let slip a 2-0 lead as Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner drew the Danes level with two headers.
Goals from Pepe - with a superb header - and Helder Postiga, with his 20th goal for his country, had given the Portuguese a perfect start.
However, a series of terrible misses by their star player Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to prove very costly until Varela stepped up to save them just three minutes after coming on.
The win puts Portugal level on points with Denmark, who beat the Dutch in their opening game, while Germany top the table and take on Holland later on Wednesday.
The Portuguese managed to put very little together in the opening 20 minutes save once when Ronaldo drifted in from the wing into the centre and played the ball to Raul Meireles.
Meireles found the Real Madrid star - just five goals in 15 tournament matches - in space but he produced a woeful shot and tried to blame the pitch as he looked ruefully down at it afterwards.
However, he was not found wanting when he delivered his corner in the 24th minute as Pepe came steaming in to head home, the ball flying in over Danish midfielder William Kvist's head at the near post.
Ronaldo appeared to take heart out of that and he was unfortunate to see an on-target freekick take a deflection off a Danish defender in the 32nd minute.
But he did not have to wait long for his side to double their lead.
His former Manchester United team-mate Nani was the creator, passing the ball into the box where Postiga got a yard on his marker Simon Kjaer and put the ball away with a sharp finish.
The Danes, though, got themselves back in the match four minutes before half-time as a smart header across the goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli found Bendtner unmarked and he made no mistake with a close range header to make it five successive games with the Portuguese that he has found the net.
Ronaldo, though, should have restored the two goal advantage soon after the start of the second-half as put clear he was one on one with Danish 'keeper Stephan Andersen, but the latter blocked his shot with his legs.
The Danes still found plenty of fight with Kvist going close with a rasping shot.
Bendtner was in lively form and worked himself some space in the 72nd minute to set himself up nicely but he sent his shot well wide of the goal.
That miss looked to have been extremely costly as Bendtner rose superbly to head home Lars Jacobsen's excellent cross from the right.
However, the drama was not over as Fabio Coentrao hared down the left flank and crossed into the box. Varela swung at the ball with his left foot and miskicked but showing remarkable composure connected with his favoured right foot and lashed home.





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