Germany beats Portugal on late goal

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LVIV, Ukraine — Moments before he was supposed to leave the game, Mario Gomez headed in the winning goal for Germany.

The Bayern Munich striker made a surprise start Sat­ur­day against Portugal at the European Championship and knocked in a deflected cross from Sami Khedira in the 72nd minute to give the Germans a 1-0 victory in Group B.

Gomez, who had created little before the goal, was set to be replaced by Miroslav Klose, who was waiting on the touchline. Gomez nearly got another score before Klose
came on in the 80th minute.

The Germans, seeking their first title since 1996, are considered one of the favorites of the tournament despite being in the toughest group along with the Netherlands and Denmark.

DENMARK 1, NETHERLANDS 0

Denmark pulled off the first big surprise of the Euro­pean Championship with a win over the Nether­lands in Group B.

Michael Krohn-Dehli provided the finishing touch that the Dutch inexplicably lacked. He scored against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle.

Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen made several clutch saves.


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