Euro Cup 2012 Live Updates: Portugal vs Denmark - As it happened
Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau
Lviv: The final whistle is blown and that is the end of another nerve-wracking encounter that saw five goals being scored, three by Portugal (Pepe 24', Hélder Postiga 36' ,Varela 87' ) as they earn three crucial points against an inspired Denmark who scored two. (Bendtner 41' , 80').
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FINAL SCORE: Portugal 3 : 2 Denmark
TOP PLAYERS Had to be Silvestre Varela , Nicklas Bendtner , Joau Moutinho and Daniel Agger
FLOP PLAYERS Had to be Cristiano Ronaldo for two absolute dolly misses, and Jacobsen .
90 +4 min Jacobsen (Denmark) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Nélson Oliveira (Portugal). Big chance for Schøne (Denmark) as he misses the target.
90 +2 min Yellow Card for Cristiano Ronaldo.
90 min SUBSTITUTION Lasse Schöne (in) - Michael Krohn-Dehli (out). 4 minutes of added time here.
89 min SUBSTITUTION Rolando (in) - Nani (out) (Portugal).
87 min GOOOAAAALLLL of the tournament so far !!! inspired substitution as Silvestre Varela scores. cross by Coentrao from left wing , Varela misses the volley but on the second occassion shoots it on half-volley with his right foot as he turns, in to the back of the net.
86 min Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) has an attempt on goal. Corner for Portugal. João Moutinho (Portugal) delivers the corner.
84 min Another chance for Ronaldo is crowded put by Agger, Anderson makes the save.
84 min SUBSTITUTION :Varela (in) - Raul Meireles (out) (Portugal).
80 min GOOOAAAALLLL, second of the night for Nicklas Bendtner. it is 2-2 now. A deep cross from the right by Jacobsen, Bendtner at the far post connects and a diving header past on Rui Patrício and Pepe. Ronaldo would be crestfallen he had the opportunity take the game away from the Danes but it is the Danes who are in the game now.
78 min Whatay a miss, Ronaldo broke the off-side trap but spoils the simplest of chances.
77 min Nani (Portugal) is penalised for handball.
74 min Jacobsen (Denmark) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Fábio Coentrão (Portugal).
73 min Raul Meireles shoots the ball way wide and high of target.
72 min Bendtner (Denmark) takes a shot at goal the target, not that wide of the goal.
70 min Pepe (Portugal) concedes a free-kick for a foul on J. Poulsen (Denmark).
69 min Raul Meireles (Portugal) has an effort on goal.S. Poulsen (Denmark) blocks a shot.
68 min Pepe (Portugal) takes the free-kick.
67 min Bendtner (Denmark) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
67 min Mikkelsen (Denmark) has an effort on goal, Bruno Alves (Portugal) blocks a shot.
64 min Ronaldo twists and turns but Postiga is not able to reach the ball, good tackle from Daniel Agger keeps Portugal at bay. SUBSTITUTION for Portugal: Nélson Oliveira (in) - Hélder Postiga (out) (Portugal).
62 min Good effort by Kvist as he slaps a volley just over the bar.
60 min second Injury for Danes, as veteran Rommedahl walks out gingerly, SUBSTITUTION : Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen (in) - Dennis Rommedahl (out) (Denmark).
58 min Free kick for Portugal as Veloso takes it on the left-hand side. Andersen, punches away.Corner awarded to Denmark. Eriksen delivers the corner, cleared away.
57 min Miguel Veloso (Portugal) has an effort on goal, Andersen (Denmark) makes a save.
56 min Brutal challenge on Nani by Jakob Poulsen. YELLOW CARD for him.
55 min sloppy error from S. Poulsen in his own half as he gives away the ball, Postiga fails to pass or run through with it and he tacled well by Agger.
52 min J. Poulsen (Denmark) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Raul Meireles (Portugal).
50 min Huge chance for Ronaldo and he misses , he was through on his own, with only the goal keeper to beat but he fails. Anderso ngets down to his left and saves.
49 min Danes are attacking now with Rommedahl. Down the right-hand side, he tries to get to the byline and whip in a cross, but Coentrao tracks him all the way and blocks.
47 min Ronaldo cuts thorugh two defenders but gets crowded out.
46 min Second half under way and free kick agaisnt Portugal, as João Moutinho (Portugal) fouls Eriksen (Denmark).
A thrilling see-saw battle between Portugal and Denmark in the first half with the portugese leading by 2 gaols to one. Pepe (24') headed the ball in through a Joau Moutinho corner, Postiga made it 2-0 in the 36th minute.
But Denmark did well to pull one back when Nicklas Bendtner headed one into an open net from close range i nthe 41st minute.
Though Denmark enjoyed the possession in the first 45 minutes with 62 % Portugal were the aggressor with 6 attempts on goal.
Postiga had couple of chances on goal that he missed as Ronaldo missed two free kicks from favoutable positions.
Denmark completed 227 passes as opposed to Portugal's 129, Passing accuracy was high for the Danes (81%) as compared to Portugal (70%).
45 + 2 min The referee blows for half-time.
45 min 2 minutes of added time.
43 min Big chance for Portugal as Nani crosses the ball in, Postiga ahead of goalie Anderson, misses but Kjaer clears it jsut before Ronaldo could touch it.
41 min GOOOAAAALLLL Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) scores!!!, Krohn-Dehli with the assist. Long range ball into the box by Jakob Poulsen, lands in no mans lands as Krohn-Dehli lobs the ball with a header towards goal, Bendtner from close range heads it in.
39 min Rommedahl (Denmark) is flagged for offside.
38 min Eriksen (Denmark) has an effort on goal but Rui Patrício (Portugal) makes a save.
36 min GOOOAAAALLLL for Helder Postiga !!!!, Portugal 2 up, as Nani drives a low one into the area from Right wing, Postiga overruns his marker the puts the ball into the top right corner, 20th International gaol for Postiga.
35 min Danish goalie Anderson takes the ball from the corner taken by Raul Meireles.
34 min Speed agian fro mRonaldo as he runs inside fro mthe left wing, earns a free kick , at the edge of the box, chance for Ronaldo to put it in, just a fraction low, as Ronaldo crashes the ball intothe Danes wall, corner.
33 min Free kick to Portugal as Jacobsen fouls for Fábio Coentrão, Alves takes it.
31 min Terrific run by Ronaldo down the right wing, passes it to Postiga but Anderson gets to the ball first.
30 min Bruno Alves is penalised for a foul on Bendtner.
29 min Corner taken by João Moutinho, cleared away. but a YELLOW card for Raul Meireles for a deliberate handball.
28 min Chance for Postiga as Ronaldo passes in, blocked, but corner.
27 minRommedahl concedes a free-kick for a foul on Bruno Alves.
24 min GOOOAAAALLLLPepe scores!!!, inch perfect delivery from João Moutinho to the near post as Pepe rises high and heads it past Anderson.
24 min Agger fouls Helder Postiga, Free kick for Portugal, useful ball in, close to Postiga but corner for Portugal.
23 min Bruno Alves is penalised for a foul on Bendtner, Agger takes the free kick.
21 min Ronaldo fouled by Kjær, the left-hand touchline, Ronaldo attacks the Danish defence, and forces a foul out of Simon Kjaer. Free kick to Portugal, and shoots it high over the bar.
18 min Portugal on the attack as Raul Meireles takes a shot and then Ronaldo but the winger misses slpas it too wide of the goal.
17 min Nani concedes a free-kick for a foul on Krohn-Dehli.
16 min Niki Zimling is down, probably an injury and that is a very early SUBSTITUTION J. Poulsen (in) - Zimling (out) (Denmark).
13 min Good ball in by Nani, as Jacobsen boots it away for a corner. Miguel Veloso takes the corner and Andersen fists away the incoming ball to safety.
11 min Zimling concedes a free-kick for a foul on João Moutinho. Raul Meireles takes the free kick after Portugal too kon the attak.
9 min Bendtner is penalised for a foul on João Moutinho. Free kick taken by João Moutinho, cleared away.
8 min First attack by the Portugese
7 min Dennis Rommedahl's pace gives Danes their 4th corner as Pepe blocks, flat one by Krohn-Dehli.
5 min Third corner for Denmark, routine clearance by Portugal.
4 min Denmark into the attack and they win a corner, Krohn-Dehli takes a short corner and it is another one for the Danes, but Eriksen tries a shot but blocked.
1 min So we are underway and Nani is penalised for a foul on Krohn-Dehli as Denmark started off the proceedings.
It is an unchanged squad both both the teams.
The players are out on the field, Portugese national anthem first up followed by the Danes.
Welcome to the live coverage of the Group B match between Denmark and Portugal at Lviv.
Portugal: Patrício, Alves, Pepe, Coentrão, Pereira, Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Ronaldo, Postiga
SUBS: Eduardo, Beto, Costa, Rolando, Lopes, Custódio, Quaresma, Micael, Viana, Almeida, Oliveira, Varela.
Denmark: Andersen, Kjær, Agger, S Poulsen, Jacobsen, Kvist, Eriksen, Zimling, Krohn-Dehli, Rommedahl, Bendtner
SUBS: Lindegaard, Schmeichel, Bjelland, Okore, Wass, C Poulsen, Schøne, Silberbauer, J Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Pedersen, Mikkelsen.
It`s do or die for Paulo Bento`s side on Wednesday as they prepare to face a Danish outfit, sitting pretty atop Group B courtesy of their shock maiden victory over Netherlands.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday`s Euro 2012 clash with Portugal in Lviv, with the 62-year-old likely to name the same starting XI that beat Netherlands 1-0 on Saturday to get the ball rolling in Group A.
Meanwhile for Portugal, striker Hugo Almeida has recovered from a bout of flu and could replace Helder Postiga in attack after the latter`s largely ineffectual display in the 1-0 defeat to Germany, while winger Ricardo Quaresma has been passed fit after overcoming a leg muscle strain