Wednesday June 13, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Arena Lviv

Denmark 2 - 3 Portugal

  • Bendtner 41’, 80’
  • Pepe 24’
  • Hélder Postiga 36’
  • Silvestre Varela 87’

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  1. Portugal scramble win

    Portugal scramble win

    Silvestre Varela kept Portugal's Euro 2012 hopes alive with a late goal in a 3-2 win over Group B rivals Denmark in Lviv. More

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    Time:90'
    • Denmark
    • Portugal
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! They left it late, but Portugal complete a 3-2 win. They collect the three points. They are still alive in this tournament.
    • 90+3' All or nothing now for Denmark. Chance for Schone, but he lifts the shot miles over the bar. Awful finish from inside the opposition box, and that might be that for the Danes in this match.
    • 90+1' Ronaldo with a late cynical challenge on Kvist. He goes into the book for that one.
    • 89' Schöne takes over from Krohn-Dehli for the Danes. We are into four minutes of added time.
    • 88' Denmark trying to find an equaliser for a second time as Bruno Alves clears Kvist's throw-in. Portugal so close to the three points.
    • 87' Portugal set to throw on an extra defender as Rolando replaces Nani.
    • 86' GOAL! Varela slams an unstoppable shot into the net, and Portugal lead 3-2. Brilliant finish from inside the box. Coentrão with a wonderful ball into the middle.
    • 85' Varela replaces Meireles for Portugal, who must try to rescue three points otherwise they will depend upon results elsewhere in this tournament.
    • 84' There have only been three headed braces in Euro Finals since 1980, and all have come in 2012 - Mandzukic, Shevchenko, Bendtner.
    • 83' Chance for Ronaldo as he dashed into the area, but Jacobsen is back to make the intervention. Superb defending.
    • 82' Ronaldo drives the ball low and hard at goal from out wide, but Andersen watched that like a hawk to make the stop.
    • 81' Mikkelsen has been booked for taking out Ronaldo. Chance for the forward to test Andersen.
    • 80' GOAL! Bendtner rises to power the ball into the net with a header via a post from Lars Jacobsen's delivery and the hand of Patricio. We are level at 2-2 in this match.
    • 79' Ronaldo could have rounded the goalkeeper, but went straight for goal and misses. Has not been his night or tournament so far. How costly will that miss prove to be?
    • 78' Glorious chance for Ronaldo to seal the three points, but he slips a shot wide from Nani's pass. An astonishing miss by the Real Madrid man.
    • 77' Patricio on hand to punch the ball clear from Eriksen's free-kick.
    • 76' All gone a bit quiet. Denmark dominating possession, but a lot of it has been in their own half. Nani deemed to have handling Simon Poulsen's delivery. Denmark with a free-kick outside of the Portugal area.
    • 75' Denmark have lost 12 of the 13 previous European Championship games they have been behind in, winning the other - against Belgium in 1984. History is against them, but there is time for a draw.
    • 74' Lars Jacobsen deemed to be guilty of bringing down Coentrão. Not been pretty, but Portugal are slowly inching towards these three points with 15 minutes left on the clock.
    • 73' Moutinho slides the ball into the path of Meireles, who leans back and ends up lifting a shot miles over the bar from 30 yards out.
    • 72' Bendtner with decent control on the edge of the Portuguese box, but drags his effort well wide of the target. He is cursing his luck after that miss.
    • 71' Nelson Oliveira pulls the trigger from long range, but straight into the arms of Andersen. No real power in the shot.
    • 70' Portugal trying to keep the door shut at the back as Simon Poulsen's shot is cleared by the towering figure of Pepe.
    • 69' Denmark with almost 60 percent of possession in this second half. Portugal forced to hit on the counter attack. Meireles sees a shot charged down by a red shirt befoe Alves empties a long pass out of play.
    • 68' Bendtner deemed to be offside after setting off too early. Denmark battles for this equaliser.
    • 67' Meireles tries to knock a ball into the path of Oliveira, but just underhits the pass as it ends up in the arms of Andersen. Right idea, wrong execution.
    • 66' Mikkelsen with a fine ball into the heart of the box, but Pepe is on hand to make the clearance. Denmark have a corner, but Eriksen's short ball comes to nothing as Patricio plucks a cross out of the air.
    • 65' Portugal decide to shuffle their pack as Benfica's Nelson Oliveira replaces Postiga up front.
    • 64' Mikkelsen darts beyond Veloso, but the cross isn't too hot as it winds up in the arms of Patricio.
    • 63' Kvist hammers in a volley from 25 yards out after a fine piece of Danish play. Patricio wasn't getting across to that shot. Almost 2-2.
    • 62' Pepe is the first Real Madrid player to score at two different European Championships.
    • 61' Another change forced upon Denmark as Rommedahl ends his 118h match for Denmark to be replaced by Tobias Mikkelsen.
    • 60' Rommedahl seems to have pulled up with a hamstring strain. That may well be the end of his match and the tournament for him.
    • 59' Eriksen puts plenty of action on the ball, but Nani is ideally positioned to clear the danger.
    • 58' Veloso drives in a dipping free-kick. Andersen with the punch out of the box. Denmark break to the other end to win their own corner-kick.
    • 57' Jacob Poulsen has been booked after felling Nani with a cynical late challenge. Second booking of the night.
    • 56' Erisken gives the ball away needlessly as Agger is forced to race back to a timely tackle on Postiga. Suicidal stuff by the Danes.
    • 55' Nani on the dash for Portugal. Whips a ball into the near post, but far too near Andersen who takes the cross without too much fuss in the Danish goal.
    • 54' Pepe taking no chances under pressure from Bendtner as he knocks the ball back to Patricio in the Portuguese goal.
    • 53' If Denmark score again this will become the first match in Euro 2012 when both teams have scored more than once in a match.
    • 52' Ronaldo has been well up for this match, but yet to translate his desire into fulflilment. Meireles drops a disappointing pass out of play.
    • 51' Chance for Ronaldo as he dashed in on goal. Let fly from 14 yards out, but decent save in the end by Andersen. Disappointing finish. Looked certain to be 3-1.
    • 50' Pepe heads out Eriksen's cross. Denmark being patient in possession as they work it from side to side. Portugal trying to play a high line.
    • 49' Not a full house in Lviv for this one, but not a bad atmosphere as Denmark pick up deep in their own half.
    • 48' The only time Portugal have lost a two-goal lead in a competitive international was against Liechtenstein in October 2004.
    • 47' Will be interesting if there are wins for Portugal and the Netherlands today. All four teams would head for the final round of matches on three points. Stranger things have happened.
    • 46' Portugal get the second period off and running in Lviv.
    • 45+2' Postiga doing a spot of play acting. Hopeless stuff from the big forward. And there goes the whistle for the break. A decent first period. And a 2-1 lead for Portugal.
    • 45+1' Coentrão blocks the cross by Jacob Poulsen. Fine block. Denmark seeking this equaliser. Nani breaks to the other end, but easy take for Andersen.
    • 44' Going to be two minutes added to the first half.
    • 43' Superb cross from Nani. Postiga met it, but Ronaldo could not force it home as Kjaer clears the danger. Andersen almost undone in the Danish goal.
    • 42' Was Jalob Pouslen who delivered the initial ball for Krohn-Delhi to set up Bendtner. Clever, clever goal that came out of nothing.
    • 41' His 19th goal in 50 appearances for Denmark. Kjaer with a header from Poulsen's free-kick. Easy enough take for Patricio in the Portuguese goal.
    • 40' GOAL! Denmark right back in this one as Bendtner pops up to head home. Krohn-Dehli headed back across goal and Bendtner could not miss.
    • 39' Rommendal caught offside as the Danish boss Morten Olsen digs out his notebook to begin scribbling down a few ideas. They can't afford to fall three goals down.
    • 38' Rui Patricio dives to make the save from Eriksen's shot. Solid diving stop from the Portugal goalkeeper. Bento's side do not want to give the Danes any heart here.
    • 37' Portugal have looked a lot more assured since that opening goal. They have the second, and that should be enough to seal the three points barring an unlikely collapse. The Danes well and truly stretched there.
    • 36' GOAL! Postiga hammers the shot high into the net from six yards out. A 2-0 lead for Portugal. His 20th goal for his country. Lovely ball from Nani.
    • 35' Meireles swings over the corner-kick, but Andersen makes up his mind early and comes to collect early. Solid piece of goalkeeping.
    • 34' Ronaldo's free-kick clips the top of the wall and drops over for a corner to Portugal.
    • 33' Jacobsen clatters Ronaldo late on the charge. A free-kick chance for Portugal from 25 yards out. Right in Ronaldo's zone. Or at least should be.
    • 32' With Portugal 1-0 up, they can become the first team with the Euro as currency to beat a nation without the Euro at this tournament. A win will be priceless then for Portugal.
    • 31' Ronaldo looking a bit unhappy as Andersen comes off his line to collect the ball ahead of Postiga.
    • 30' Krohn-Dehli throws in the free-kick from some distance, but that is poor stuff really. Nobody looking for the delivery. A goalkick to Portugal.
    • 29' Ball breaks off Postiga in the box into Andersen's hands before Meireles is booked for a clear handling offence.
    • 28' Agger puts the ball behind for a corner after Ronaldo had dropped deeper to play provider for Postiga. Moutinho to take this corner.
    • 27' Pepe scores his second European Championship goal having also netted in the 2008 competition. He joins seven other defenders with a record two European Championship goals.
    • 26' That should settle the Portugal fans down. All a bit nervy, but they are level with the Danes and Germany at the top of the section as they stand.
    • 25' GOAL! Pepe powers home a header at the near post. No chance for Andersen and Portugal are off and running in this match from Moutinho's corner-kick. They lead 1-0.
    • 24' Postiga slips the shot wide of goal from Veloso's free-kick. A Danish boot on it. Corner to Portugal.
    • 23' Agger goes through the back of Postiga and the Portuguese have a free-kick in the middle of the Danish half. Portugal can get the big men up.
    • 22' This match yet to really catch fire. As the old cliche goes...we could do with a goal in this one...Denmark slightly the better side.
    • 21' Ronaldo lines up the kick like goal kicker in rugby union. Lifts the ball well over the bar. No conversion. Just a goalkick to the Danes.
    • 20' Kjaer takes out Ronaldo with a shoulder challenge. Portugal awarded a free-kick out wide. Chance to ask a few questions of this Danish defence.
    • 19' Portugal and Netherlands are the only two teams among Euro 2012 participants that have not yet scored in the competition. And they are the two teams in the same section.
    • 18' Pepe is on the ground and the referee has halted play so he can get some treatment. Bendtner trod on his feet. Apparently.
    • 17' Ronaldo slaps a shot wide of goal from the edge of the box. He cuts a frustrated figure after that miss.
    • 16' Nani brings down Krohn-Dehli with a late challenge and the Danes have a free-kick at the halfway line. Neither side willing to commit too many bodies forward.
    • 15' Zimling limping off here. And he is going to be replaced by Jakob Poulsen for the Danes. Unfortunate blow for Denmark.
    • 14' Zimling on the deck and needing a spot of treatment here. Not sure what is the situation. Cue for a few of the Danish bench to get warmed up.
    • 13' Portugal have failed to score in four out of their last five European Championship/World Cup matches. The Portuguese were goalless in three of their four matches at the World Cup in South Africa.
    • 12' Andersen forced to punch a ball out of his own box. Great cross by Veloso. Superb delivery, but the Danes hold firm.
    • 11' Portgual have yet to win a game this year. Pressure well and truly on with the group of players they have at their disposal. Nani's cross is put over his own bar by Jacobsen. Corner to Portugal.
    • 10' Agger forced to whack the ball away from Nani, before Pereira comes up with a disappointing cross. Zimling late on Moutinho. Portugal trying to establish a sustained period of pressure.
    • 9' Before 2012, Portugal had only ever lost one opening game at the Euro Finals. On that occasion, they made the final in 2004 on their home soil.
    • 8' Denmark fans bouncing around in the stands as Moutinho's free-kick is hacked clear. That is a disappointing delivery from the midfielder.
    • 7' Meireles eventually smuggles the ball clear from Krohn-Dehli's delivery. Pereira hoists a high ball into the Danish box, but far too much pace on the delivery. Denmark on the ball.
    • 6' Another timely challenge by Pepe to deny Rommedahl space and the Danes have a fourth corner in the opening moments.
    • 5' Kjaer forced to keep an eye on Coentrão as he dashed up a flank. Portugal yet to test out Andersen in the Danish goal, but early days.
    • 4' Danes firmly on the offensive with Eriksen seeing a shot blocked by a fine Pepe challenge. Brilliant block by the Real Madrid defender.
    • 3' Denmark are chasing a six competitive win in a row for the first time since June-November 1999. They have a corner here, and another one moments later as Krohn-Dehli sees his cross deflected.
    • 2' Krohn-Dehli taken out of the action early on by Nani. Krohn-Dehli scored the goal that sunk the Dutch the other day. He is a bundle of energy.
    • 1' Denmark get this match going. The Danes in red, Portugal in changed strip of white.
    • 16.57 These are the only teams to meet in the group phase of this tournament after emerging from the same Euro 2012 qualification group. Portugal players and management fairly belting out their national anthem. The Danes look to be more in control of their singing before this match gets off and running.
    • 16.55 Referee Craig Thomson is no stranger to a red card or two from officiating Celtic v Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, but there have been no red cards since the opening day of the tournament with Greece and Poland drawing and ending up with 10 men. Will Thomson buck the trend this evening? Both teams on the way out here.
    • 16.52 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.
    • 16.50 Both teams unchanged then from their opening matches. Here are full teams and substitutes: Denmark: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner..subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel
    • 16.47 And this was how Germany downed Portgual 1-0 in the other Group B match later on Saturday night courtesy of Mario Gomez's header..... Gomez header sinks Portugal
    • 16.45 Match odds for this evening if you fancy a punt: Denmark 15/4, Draw 5/2, Portugal 5/6..read about how Denmark upset the Netherlands in their opening match in Euro 2012's 'Group of Death'.... Denmark stun wasteful Dutch
    • 16.40 The two countries met in the qualification for this tournament. Portugal won 3-1 at home in October 2010. Nani (2) and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the Portuguese goals, and Ricardo Carvalho scored an own goal. In October 2011, Denmark got their revenge with a 2-1 victory in Copenhagen. Michael Krohn-Dehli and Nicklas Bendtner gave the Danes a 2-0 lead, but Cristiano Ronaldo narrowed the lead with a free kick goal deep into injury time.
    • 16.35 Denmark were winless against Portugal in their first eight meetings - one draw and seven losses. However, since Morten Olsen’s debut as national coach in August 2000 Denmark have won three out of five matches and only lost one.
    • 16.30 Columnist Jim White of the Daily Telegraph is predicting good things for England ahead of their second Group D match of the tournament with Sweden on Friday evening. White: Dour, doughty England may yet thrive
    • 16.25 Denmark manager Morten Olsen is looking to repeat the win over the Dutch. "[We will play] against Portugal exactly the same way that we did against Netherlands," he said. "These are two countries that really know each other, as we met in qualification for the World Cup and the Euros. We have been the lucky ones. It took luck to get where we are today. It's not just form, it's also a little luck. We come with a good feeling from the first game, that's not a lie. Victory begets confidence."
    • 16.20 Cristiano Ronaldo starts the match for Portugal despite claims he stormed out of training yesterday following a bust-up with manager Bento, who denies any problems. "I can assure you that there were 23 players on the training pitch, and in all our time here, Ronaldo has not missed one session," said Bento. "Not everyone reacts the same way to disappointment and stressful situations. And, from a certain point of view, I can even understand Cristiano's reaction."
    • 16.15 Latest from our man in the Ukraine Tom Adams, who has been chatting to England's teenage midfielder Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain about what he made of his first taste of Euro 2012 action in the 1-1 draw with France. Ox: It's all happening so quickly
    • 16.13 Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner leads the line for Denmark as he wins his 50th cap for Morten Olsen's side. He has scored in four of the last five matches between Denmark and Portugal. Another goal tonight could plunge a dagger into Portugal's hopes of going beyond the group stages.
    • 16.10 Teams: Denmark: 1-Stephan Andersen; 3-Simon Kjaer, 6-Lars Jacobsen, 4-Daniel Agger, 5-Simon Poulsen; 7-William Kvist, 21-Niki Zimling; 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli, 8-Christian Eriksen, 10-Dennis Rommedahl; 11-Nicklas Bendtner////Portugal: 12-Rui Patricio; 21-Joao Pereira, 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 16-Raul Meireles, 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Joao Moutinho; 17-Nani, 23-Helder Postiga, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo////Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
    • 16.07 Portugal have striker issues following Helder Postiga's nightmare against Germany. Paulo Bento's alternatives are limited, though. Hugo Almeida is in mediocre form himself and has just recovered from flu, while 20-year-old Nelson Oliveira has never started for his country. Meanwhile, reports in Portugal claim Bento was involved in a bust-up with Ronaldo amid claims the star man missed training on Tuesday,
    • 16.05 Denmark know another win should take them into the last eight, and are likely to deploy Michael Silberbauer as a man-marker on Cristiano Ronaldo - they employed the tactic successfully in qualifying for Euro 2012. Simon Poulsen should drop out. No other changes are expected from the team that beat Netherlands 1-0 on Saturday.
    • 16.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Denmark against Portugal from the Arena Lviv in Ukraine. Denmark will be guaranteed a place in the last eight if they emulate their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Saturday while Portugal are battling to recover from the 1-0 loss to Germany in their opening match. Something has got to give in this Group B encounter.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' All or nothing now for Denmark. Chance for Schone, but he lifts the shot miles over the bar. Awful finish from inside the opposition box, and that might be that for the Danes in this match.
    • 86' GOAL! Varela slams an unstoppable shot into the net, and Portugal lead 3-2. Brilliant finish from inside the box. Coentrão with a wonderful ball into the middle.
    • 80' GOAL! Bendtner rises to power the ball into the net with a header via a post from Lars Jacobsen's delivery and the hand of Patricio. We are level at 2-2 in this match.
    • 78' Glorious chance for Ronaldo to seal the three points, but he slips a shot wide from Nani's pass. An astonishing miss by the Real Madrid man.
    • 63' Kvist hammers in a volley from 25 yards out after a fine piece of Danish play. Patricio wasn't getting across to that shot. Almost 2-2.
    • 51' Chance for Ronaldo as he dashed in on goal. Let fly from 14 yards out, but decent save in the end by Andersen. Disappointing finish. Looked certain to be 3-1.
    • 43' Superb cross from Nani. Postiga met it, but Ronaldo could not force it home as Kjaer clears the danger. Andersen almost undone in the Danish goal.
    • 40' GOAL! Denmark right back in this one as Bendtner pops up to head home. Krohn-Dehli headed back across goal and Bendtner could not miss.
    • 36' GOAL! Postiga hammers the shot high into the net from six yards out. A 2-0 lead for Portugal. His 20th goal for his country. Lovely ball from Nani.
    • 25' GOAL! Pepe powers home a header at the near post. No chance for Andersen and Portugal are off and running in this match from Moutinho's corner-kick. They lead 1-0.
    • 24' Postiga slips the shot wide of goal from Veloso's free-kick. A Danish boot on it. Corner to Portugal.
    • 4' Danes firmly on the offensive with Eriksen seeing a shot blocked by a fine Pepe challenge. Brilliant block by the Real Madrid defender.
    • 16.10 Teams: Denmark: 1-Stephan Andersen; 3-Simon Kjaer, 6-Lars Jacobsen, 4-Daniel Agger, 5-Simon Poulsen; 7-William Kvist, 21-Niki Zimling; 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli, 8-Christian Eriksen, 10-Dennis Rommedahl; 11-Nicklas Bendtner////Portugal: 12-Rui Patricio; 21-Joao Pereira, 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 16-Raul Meireles, 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Joao Moutinho; 17-Nani, 23-Helder Postiga, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo////Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
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