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  • Date:09 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Lviv New Stadium - Lviv
  • Mario Gomez (72)

Live Commentary


That's full-time. Germany have won it.


Gomez's winner settles a hard-fought encounter which Germany just edged. Portugal will feel they could have snatched a point after a dominant finish, but they could have been more positive in the first half.


Alves and Schweinsteiger need treatment after their aerial challenge, but they are soon back on their feet.


Bruno Alves gets his head on the corner but he can't keep it on target and that should be it.


Last opportunity for Portugal from this set-piece but Germany send on midfielder Lars Bender first.


We're into the final minute and Nani has a sight of goal, but his shot deflects off Badstuber for a corner.


Varela will be kicking himself about that miss. It could be so costly. Will Portugal get one more chance?


We're into stoppage-time and Germany are three minutes away from a winning start to their campaign.


Great chance for Portugal but they can't convert it. Oliveira does superbly to control a long ball that drops over his shoulder and he slides a pass across the penalty area to Varela. The striker's shot is on target but Neuer is quick off his line and makes a fine save.


Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos is sent on for Ozil as Loew looks to close out the match in the final minutes.


Portugal are finishing strongly and Mats Hummels has to make a last-ditch headed clearance to subdue another raid from Bento's side.


Neuer breathes a sigh of relief as Nani's miscued cross loops over the German goalkeeper and bounces to safety off the crossbar.


Ronaldo causes more havoc in the Germany defence with a rapid counter-attack. He slips a pass to Coentrao and the defender's shot is deflected over for a corner.


Neuer makes a good save to deny Ronaldo as the Portugal star rifles in a dipping shot that bounces just in front of the German goalkeeper.


Portugal also make a switch. It's an attacking one with Porto forward Silvestre Varela replacing Meireles.


Gomez departs to a loud ovation with 34-year-old striker Miroslav Klose coming on in his place.


Gomez is close to adding a second goal as he stretches but can't quite reach Muller's cross.


What have Portugal got left in the locker now? They haven't played badly but need to do more in the final third.


Khedira provided the assist with a cross from wide on the right, but Gomez will deservedly take all the credit. After working on scraps for 71 minutes, he produced a clinical header to notch his 23rd goal in 53 appearances for Germany.


Gomez breaks the deadlock with a perfectly-placed header. He rises above Pereira to meet a deflected cross from eight yards out.


Goal for Germany!


Boateng goes into the book for a tug on Ronaldo and moments later Oliveira is sent on for just his fourth senior international appearance. Oliveira is only 20 but has already been linked with Barcelona and Chelsea. Lets see what he is made of.


Portugal about to make their first change and it looks like highly-rated young Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira will come on.


Ronaldo is about to pull the trigger after running onto Veloso's pass, but Bayern defender Boateng comes to the rescue with an excellent block tackle.


Meireles catches Badstuber in the face as the German tries to let the ball out for a goal-kick. The Chelsea midfielder is lucky to escape without punishment there.


There's still nothing between the sides. It's looking like one goal might win it here.


Portugal defender Fabio Coentrao slides in on Bastian Schweinsteiger and earns a yellow card.


Podolski turns provider with a good cross towards Gomez, who gets up to head goalwards but can't keep his effort down.


More good work from Ozil, who slips Podolski through down the left side of the penalty area, but Pepe does enough to stop the German forward going any further.


Ozil gets past his marker and lofts a cross into the six-yard box, but it's too high for Gomez and Podolski.


Ronaldo shows great pace to reach Pepe's pass and he has Boateng back-peddling before firing in a cross that deflects away for a corner.


Ronaldo, who bagged 60 goals for Real last season, gets a shot on target from the left edge of the penalty area, but he doesn't connect well enough to trouble Neuer.


Loew's team are on the front foot immediately. Podolski and Khedira have shots blocked before Muller's cross is turned behind for a corner by Meireles.


That's half-time. It's goalless in Lviv and there's all to play for after the break.


Portugal go agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock as Pepe's side-footed shot crashes down off the crossbar onto the line. It's close but the officials wave play on and replays show their decision was correct.


Another stadium announcement about the missiles that are occasionally being thrown onto the pitch from German fans. This time the message is the game could be abandoned if it continues.


There's a yellow card for Holger Badstuber after the German centre-back trips Nani.


Muller squanders a good chance as Podolski's low cross runs through to the German midfielder at the far post. He gets his angles all wrong and shoots wide.


Portugal seem content to defend deep and hit on the break. It's working so far and Khedira shows his frustation with an optimistic long-range effort that goes well over.


Germany are probing hard for a chink in Portugal's defensive armour, but they can't find a way through. It's not a classic so far but still an intriguing encounter.


Ronaldo is harried out of possession by Khedira as the Germans bid to snuff out the danger posed by the Portugal captain.


Podolski has a half-chance as he latches onto Ozil's pass, but he makes a total hash of it and his shot balloons high over the bar.


Ronaldo is coming into the game more now and he attempts a long-range effort that Boateng blocks.


From the resulting free-kick, Podolski, who is soon to join Arsenal from Cologne, lashes his shot straight into the wall.


Gomez has the ball in the net for Germany, but play had already been stopped for Meireles's foul on Sami Khedira.


Very even match so far. Germany have shown glimpses of their potential but Portugal are matching them with a few counter-attacks of their own.


A message over the stadium tannoy warns fans to stop throwing objects on the pitch.


We haven't seen much of Ronaldo in the opening stages, but he finally sparks into life with a dangerous run, punctuated by his trademark step-overs, that torments Jerome Boateng. Ronaldo eventually drills in a low cross which Germany are able to knock away.


Mezut Ozil and Thomas Mueller could be the key to Germany's hopes. They are both sublimely gifted playmakers and Ozil underlines his gifts with a fine run eventually halted by Joao Pereira.


Portugal striker Helder Postiga earns the first booking for a rash lunge on Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.


Germany threaten through Lukas Podolski, who drives in a powerful effort that Rui Patricio pushes away.


Portugal have made a decent start and Gomez is forced to concede a free-kick with a foul on Bruno Alves. Again the Portuguese can't make anything of the set-piece.


There's a hold-up in play after Portugal win a corner as German fans throw paper cups at Miguel Veloso as he prepares to take the set-piece. The midfielder eventually gets the ball in but Germany clear.


Germany are quickly into their stride and Bayern striker Mario Gomez, who endured a miserable night in the Champions League final defeat against Chelsea, brings a decent save from Rui Patricio with a towering header.

We're off on a sultry evening in Lviv.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is in the crowd to watch Ronaldo and several of his other players in two star-studded line-ups. It's Portugal who will get us underway.

The teams are out on the pitch and the Portuguese national anthem begins the pre-match festivities.

The Lviv Stadium is the smallest host venue at Euro 2012 with a capacity of 34,915, but a largely German crowd is still creating a tremendous din as we approach kick-off.

Portugal: 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.

Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez. Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schurrle, Klose, Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Reus, Zieler.

But Paolo Bento's men will be motivated by revenge after losing to the Germans in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. And, as well as Ronaldo, they can also call on Manchester United winger Nani, Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles and Real Madrid defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

Their form in the pre-tournament friendlies, including a 3-1 defeat to Turkey and a goalless draw with minnows Macedonia, has done little to inspire confidence among Portuguese fans.

Portugal, beaten by Greece in the Euro 2004 final, were less impressive than Germany in qualification. They finished second behind Denmark in their group and had to beat Bosnia in the play-offs to make it to the finals.

However, a lack of experience could count against Germany. With an average age of just over 24, Loew's squad are the youngest at the Euros and nine players are playing their first major international tournament.

History is on Germany's side as well. They have a superb pedigree in this event, winning the trophy in 1972, 1980 and 1996 and finishing as runners-up in 1976, 1992 and 2008.

Joachim Loew's team, built around a spine of the Bayern Munich side that reached the Champions League final, are rightly feared by most of their Euro rivals after sweeping through the qualifying campaign, winning all 10 of their group matches and netting 34 goals. They also finished third at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

The Germans, beaten by Spain in the Euro 2008 final, are widely regarded as one of the favourites for the title this time around, while Portugal will pose problems for any opponent if Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is in the mood.

Welcome to our live updates from Euro 2012. After Denmark's shock 1-0 win over Holland earlier on, we turn our attention to the second Group B fixture of the day. It's a mouth-watering clash between Germany and Portugal in Lviv.

Germany get the second half underway.

The players are coming back out and the second half will be starting shortly. This has been the most cagey game of the tournament so far, but there's enough talent on display on both sides for a more eventful second period.

That concludes the second day of Euro 2012. We are back on Sunday for holders Spain v Italy and Croatia v Republic of Ireland.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Joachim Loew Coach
  • Manuel Neuer Goal
  • Jerome Boateng Defender
  • Mats Hummels Defender
  • Holger Badstuber Defender
  • Philipp Lahm Defender
  • Thomas Mueller Midfielder
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger Midfielder
  • Mesut Ozil Midfielder
  • Sami Khedira Midfielder
  • Lukas Podolski Midfielder
  • Mario Gomez Forward
  • Tim Wiese Substitute
  • Ron-Robert Zieler Substitute
  • Ilkay Gundogan Substitute
  • Marcel Schmelzer Substitute
  • Benedikt Howedes Substitute
  • Andre Schuerrle Substitute
  • Per Mertesacker Substitute
  • Mario Goetze Substitute
  • Marco Reuss Substitute
  • Miroslav Klose
  • Toni Kroos
  • Lars Bender


  • Paulo Bento Coach
  • Rui Patricio Goal
  • Joao Pereira Defender
  • Pepe Defender
  • Bruno Alves 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
  • Custodio Substitute
  • Hugo Almeida Substitute
  • Ricardo Quaresma Substitute
  • Ricardo Costa Substitute
  • Rolando Substitute
  • Ruben Micael Substitute
  • Miguel Lopes Substitute
  • Hugo Viana Substitute
  • Nelson Oliveira Substitute who played
  • Silvestre Varela Substitute who played

Match Report

Gomez gets Germany's campaign off to the perfect start
A second-half header from striker Mario Gomez was enough to give Germany a 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday in their opening Euro 2012 match.
After victories both in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 and the third-place play-off at the 2006 World Cup, this was the German's third straight win over Portugal in major tournaments to give Germany a winning start in Group B.
For all that was written about the potent attacking threat posed by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star had a subdued night by his own lofty standards and he rarely got the better of his marker Jerome Boateng.
After Denmark's shock 1-0 win over Holland earlier, victory give Joachim Loew's Germans an early advantage in the pool, which has been dubbed 'the group of death'.
Loew sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out experienced centre-back Per Mertesacker for the match at the Lviv Arena, the smallest of the eight Euro 2012 venues, in front of 32,990 fans.
Bayern Munich's Holger Badstuber partnered Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in the centre of defence with captain Philipp Lahm at left-back and Bayern's Boateng on the right.
Veteran forward Miroslav Klose, who turned 34 on Saturday, was left on the bench with goal-scorer Gomez starting as the lone striker.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo leading the attack.
Germany had the better of the opening exchanges with Gomez's header forcing Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio into a diving save and Arsenal-bound forward Lukas Podolski firing in a shot which the Benfica star struggled to collect.
Zaragoza forward Helder Postiga picked up the first booking of the game when he clattered Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Portugal's first attack came after 15 minutes when Ronaldo found space on the left.
With the Portuguese turning up the pressure, Badstuber was booked for a foul on Manchester United's Nani with halftime approaching.
Madrid star Pepe came perilously close to putting Portugal ahead a minute before the break when his strike beat Neuer, but deflected down off the crossbar onto the goal-line to bounce away from danger.
The second-half settled into a nervy affair and with 25 minutes left a great pass from Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho found Ronaldo in space, but Boateng responded quickly enough to snuff out the threat.
The German was later booked for fouling the Real star moments later.
With Klose waiting on the sidelines to replace him, Gomez finally got the breakthrough he had earlier promised when he met Sami Khedira's cross to place his header outside the reach of the diving Patricio on 73 minutes.
In the dying minutes, only desperate defending denied Portugal an equaliser as the German back line managed to snuff out a strike from replacement forward Silvestre Valera, who had the goal at his mercy.
In Wednesday's next round of Group B matches, Germany face Holland in Kharkiv while Portugal take on Denmark back here again in Lviv.





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