LVIV – Sometimes it is good to use your head, just ask German forward Mario Gomez.
Germany, the top-ranked team in the FIFA world standings, would score on a goal from Gomez at the 74th minute.
The heavily-favored German side—who many have picked to win Euro 2012—were 16-2-1 when scoring the first goal, which would not bode well for Portugal.
With Holland losing 1-0 to Denmark, Portugal had a small glimmer of inspirational hope in upsetting the German juggernaut, thanks to a solid game, quality scoring chances and the strong goaltending of Maunel Neuer.
The game would be well contested and even as both side would find difficulty creating space. Portugal did not help their own cause in hitting the crossbar twice—highlighted in the 44th minute by a Portugal defender Pepe’s strike that would bounce down on the line and under the crossbar.
Portugal had it’s chances, but in the end, Germany would capitalize on its own, when it was presented to them.
Germany would dominate in time of possession, 56 percent to 44 percent and outshoot Portugal, 12-11, while Portgual would have more corner kicks, 11-2, they would fail to take advantage.
With a win over Portugal, Germany can now focus on it’s goal of playing for–and winning Euro 2012, and with potential threats Holland and Portugal out of the way, there may be no other team in the whole tournament that can stop them–with the exception of defending champion, Spain.
With Germany and Denmark both sitting on top of “The Group Of Death”, Portugal and Holland may alrady have one foot in the grave.
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