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Saturday, 09 June 2012 23:31

“We were not inferior to Germany” - Paulo Bento

Reaction to Euro 2012 opener

Fábio CoentrãoPortugal coach Paulo Bento and his players were unanimous in their belief that the Selecção put in a positive performance and deserved more than what they got in the Group B opener against Germany tonight. 
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Saturday, 09 June 2012 21:44

Portugal 0-1 Germany tactical breakdown

Portugal-Germany Line-ups_1.jpgPortugal and Germany offered us the first chess match of the Euros. The three games up to this point had drifted a bit from what was widely expected - cagey contests with few goals. The Portuguese line-up had no surprises, with Hélder Postiga and João Pereira getting the nod ahead of Hugo Almeida and Miguel Lopes, but Germany manager Joachim Löw went with Mats Hummels instead of Per Mertesacker, most likely to in order to offer quicker defensive coverage for Ronaldo's charges.
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Saturday, 09 June 2012 20:48

Selecção start Euro 2012 campaign with narrow defeat

Portugal 0-1 Germany

mario-gomez-goal-versus-portugal.jpgA second-half Mario Gomez header gave Germany victory over Portugal tonight in a tight game of few chances. Germany dominated possession for long periods but Paulo Bento’s men can justifiably point to being out of luck, with the ball hitting Manuel Neuer’s woodwork twice and Varela spurning a glaring chance late on.
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Saturday, 09 June 2012 20:19

Portugal 0-1 Germany: Player Ratings

Coentrão and Veloso the standouts for Bento's men

Portugal managed to contain Germany for almost 75 minutes, but fell in Lviv tonight thanks to a perfectly-placed header from Mario Gómez. Ben Shave delivers his verdict on the thirteen players fielded by Paulo Bento. 
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Saturday, 09 June 2012 13:30

Portugal v Germany: It's arrived!

Live comments on all the action in Lviv

The PortuGOAL team will be commenting on Portugal's first Euro 2012 match as it happens. Full match report, player ratings, post-match reaction, tactical breakdown and more will be posted shortly after the final whistle.
 
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Friday, 08 June 2012 12:07

The wait is nearly over

Löw and Podolski talk tough on eve of Portugal's opening game

joachim_loew_lukas_podolski.jpgThe Portugal squad left their base in Poland this morning before flying to Ukraine ahead of tomorrow evening’s game against Germany, as the start of their Euro 2012 campaign draws ever closer.
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