Germany 1-0 Portugal Highlights – Euro 2012
Mario Gomez’s late header ensured Germany made a winning start to Euro 2012 after Portugal had threatened to frustrate Joachim Loew’s side in Lviv.
Watch Euro 2012 match, Germany Vs Portugal highlights here.
Venue: Arena Lviv, Lviv
Date: Saturday, 9 June
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
1-0 Mario Gomez 71′
The teams are meeting for the 17th time. Germany has won eight of 16, Portugal just three.
Germany have the slight edge in eight competitive encounters, winning three to Portugal’s two.
Their last encounter came in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, when Germany won 3-2.
Germany have won 11 competitive matches in a row.
But they have only won twice in their five friendly matches since Euro 2012 qualifying finished (losing against both France and Switzerland this year).
Miroslav Klose turns 34 on the day of the Portugal game. He has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances for Germany, and is just five shy of Gerd Muller’s national record.
They are unbeaten in all 10 previous opening matches at Euro final tournaments (5 wins, 5 draws).
Germany won all 10 of their Euro 2012 qualifying matches, outscoring their opponents 34-7.
Portugal have only won one of their past six matches.
And they have suffered goalless draws in three of their past five matches.
At 27, Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth major championship (Euros and World Cup).
Miguel Lopes and Custódio are yet to make a competitive appearance for Portugal – but won their first caps in the friendly against Turkey on 2 June, a 3-0 defeat.