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Gomez gives Germany edge over Portugal

Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 22.56CET
Germany 1-0 Portugal
Mario Gomez's second-half header was enough to earn Joachim Löw's men maximum points from a tight encounter in Lviv.
by John Atkin
from Arena Lviv

Match statistics

GermanyPortugal

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts12
 
11
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target8
 
4
Attempts blocked2
 
3
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
11
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
19
Fouls suffered18
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 22.56CET

Gomez gives Germany edge over Portugal

Germany 1-0 Portugal
Mario Gomez's second-half header was enough to earn Joachim Löw's men maximum points from a tight encounter in Lviv.

Mario Gomez's second-half header earned Germany the spoils in a tense UEFA EURO 2012 Group B opener, but Portugal pushed them all the way in Lviv.

Starved of supply all evening, Gomez feasted when Sami Khedira's delicious deflected cross found him five metres out, nodding it back across Rui Patrício. There were still 17 minutes remaining, enough time for Portugal, who had struck the bar through Pepe before the interval, to lay siege to the German goal. They almost broke through the barricades, too, when two minutes from time substitute Silvestre Varela found space at the far post – only Manuel Neuer's quick interventions kept it 1-0.

Caution had been the watchword in the early stages, with both teams content to sit back and invite the opposition to come forward and let their guards down. Not that it was all about soaking up the blows as one by one players had a jab, searching for a weakness. Fábio Coentrão almost found it when he drifted into a central position early on but, as he sought to punch the ball through to Hélder Postiga, Mats Hummels blocked well.

If that meant swift involvement in the game for the centre-back, Germany's other surprise starter Gomez, preferred to birthday boy Miroslav Klose, would have to wait rather longer after an opportunist early header. It was Lukas Podolski, playing on the left, who posed the biggest threat as he drew on his attacking wiles to twice lose his marker even if his finishing belied a man with 43 goals in 98 international appearances.

Germany were gaining the upper hand, but on the cusp of half-time Portugal almost conjured up an almighty sucker punch. Cristiano Ronaldo's corner from the left looked innocuous enough but the half-clearance fell straight to Pepe. The defender cushioned the ball beautifully, set himself and fired in a shot that hit the crossbar, bounced on the line and away to safety. The half-time whistle promptly blew and the players walked off to Madness's One Step Beyond – how Portugal wished Pepe's effort was.

Germany had 15 minutes to dust themselves off and they came out for the second round all guns blazing. It took desperate last-ditch blocks from Coentrão and Raul Meireles to deny them inside the first minute, but the game soon reverted to type. Neither midfield was able to really take the initiative, and though Khedira perhaps had most success, his slack pass almost cost Germany.

The ball was quickly fed to João Moutinho and he delivered a sumptuous pass into the path of Ronaldo. The Portugal skipper shaped to shoot but, from nowhere, the excellent Jérôme Boateng slid in with the timeliest of interventions. Ten minutes later Gomez turned near despair into triumph and Germany will go into Wednesday's meeting against the Netherlands with a quarter-final place almost in sight. Portugal have it all to do on their return here to face Denmark.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.15CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Portugal

Portugal

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
12
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
5
HummelsMats Hummels
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
6
KhediraSami Khedira
3
PepePepe
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution87
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Yellow Card60
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
13
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution90+4
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
14
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
Yellow Card43
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution80
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
17
NaniNani
20
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Yellow Card69
21
João PereiraJoão Pereira
23
GomezMario Gomez
Goal72
Substitution80
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Yellow Card13
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
22
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
2
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
6
CustódioCustódio
3
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
10
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
11
Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
Substitution70
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution80
13
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
15
BenderLars Bender
Substitution90+4
14
RolandoRolando
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
15
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
18
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution87
18
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution80
19
GötzeMario Götze
19
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
21
ReusMarco Reus
20
Hugo VianaHugo Viana

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Marcin Borski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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