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Arena Lviv (ATT 34,915) 13th June 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Craig Thomson

Denmark Denmark vs Portugal Portugal

Denmark 2

N Bendtner (41, 80)

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Portugal 3

Pepe (24)
H Postiga (36)
S Varela (87)

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  1. Three sides in Group C now sat on three points. Every chance that it could be four by the time Holland finish with Germany. Who will make the knockout stage? What did you make of Portugal? And Ronaldo? Can Denmark cause a shock and make the last eight? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

  2. Denmark 2 Portugal 3. An entertaining contest comes to a close. Varela steps off the bench to atch all three points for Portugal. A Bendtner brace offer Denmark hope and they deserve immense credit for hauling their way back into the tie.

  3. 90+4

    Possible the last chance for Denmark goes begging. Nice football as they float the ball into the box, and then across it. Schone arrives on cue, but he suffers a rush a blood and fires wildly wide of the target.

  4. 90+3

    Varela chases Simon Poulsen back towards his own goal. The ball not where Denmark need it to be. Agger now pushed forward to help out in attack.

  5. 90+2

    Denmark knocking on the door. Simon Poulsen hangs up a cross, but Alves heads clear. Portugal counter again, but Oliveira can't find Ronaldo. He is booked for a trip on Kvist.

  6. 90+1

    Anxious faces on the Portuguese bench. Can their side see this out? They are getting everyone behind the ball now.

  7. 90

    We will have four minutes of stoppage time.

  8. 90

    Schone on in place of Krohn-Delhi. Last throw of the dice.

  9. 90

    Long throw comes to nothing. Denmark leaving space at the back. Portugal have numbers forward, but Varela heads for the corner flag.

  10. 89

    Eriksen whips over the set-piece, but it bounces away on the far side. Mikkelsen does well to force a throw off the legs of Veloso. Still hope for the Danes.

  11. 88

    Defensive switch ahead of the corner sees Nani replaced by Rolando.

  12. 88

    Surely Denmark can't come back again, can they? As I speak, they force their way down the left wing and win a corner. Maybe, just maybe.

  13. 87

    GOAL PORTUGAL - VARELA. What a change that proved to be. Fabulous strike from Varela has Portugal back in front. He swings at a cross, missing it. The ball lands behind him, so he spins and rifles it into the back of the net from 12 yards out.

  14. 86

    Nani delivers. Bendtner able to get a telling touch inside his own box this time, as he nods clear. Portugal still pushing and they force another corner. Mountinho takes, and Ronaldo swings at thin air. Not his day.

  15. 85

    Varela on in place of Meireles. Portugal win a corner.

  16. 85

    ANother chance for Ronaldo, and another one goes begging. He has two players apping at his heels but, from inside the box, he can only poke straight at Andersen.

  17. 84

    Pepe takes charge and races out from the back. The ball is worked into the feet of Oliveira, with his back to goal. He is able to turn and shoot, but slips as he does and sends the ball well wide.

  18. 83

    Nice one-two between Nani and Meireles. The former takes a tumble and he looks to break into the box. Nothing given. Referee brushes off the challenge as a coming together.

  19. 82

    Ronaldo's effort from an angle dips low and around the wall. It bounces just in front of Andersen, who has players running across his line of sight, but he gathers confidently.

  20. 81

    Jacobsen cautioned. Free-kick to Portugal on the edge of the box. Ronaldo was the man tripped and will take the set-piece himself.

  21. 80

    GOAL DENMARK - BENDTNER. We're all square. From two goals up, Portugal are pegged back. Bendtner yet again. Portugal must hate the sight of him. He peels off to the back post and powers a header past Patricio, who can only push the ball onto the inside of the post and watch it roll into the net.

  22. 79

    Jacobsen inside the Portugal box. He slides to poke the ball across goal. Coentrao slides in to block. Denmark claim a penalty, but see their calls fall on deaf ears.

  23. 78

    Eriksen's delivery is curled in towards goal. Runners get underneath the ball, making life difficult for Patricio, but he does well to parry. Portugal spring clear, leaving Ronaldo one-on-one. He rolls the ball wide of the target. What a chance.

  24. 77

    Simon Poulsen crosses, into Nani, The Portugal winger uses his hand to block, though, so free-kick to Denmark in a promising position. Up come the big defenders.

  25. 76

    Jacobsen in space, but sees a cross blocked. Portugal have dropped very deep. Denmark move the ball from one side of the field to the other, looking for gaps to open up. They don't.

  26. 75

    Ronaldo forced wide onto the left flank. He has two red shorts in his face, forcing him to cross. His left-footed effort is poor and sails behind for a goal kick.

  27. 74

    Coentrao wins a free-kick down by his own corner flag. Mikkelsen over eager in his pursuit of the ball. Patricio moves the ball a good five yards before taking the free-kick. Wasting more time.

  28. 73

    Ronaldo goes to ground, referee waves play on. The ball ends up at the feet of Meireles, who tries his luck from 30 yards. He gets underneath the ball and sends it sailing high into the stands.

  29. 72

    Long ball from Agger into Bendtner, whose first touch kills the ball instantly. He is able to step inside and work a yard of space. His left foot i't his strongest and he drags a poor effort well wide of the target.

  30. 71

    Simon Poulsen does really well to get onto the end of a Kjaer pass and keep the ball in play. He tries to hook it across goal, but can't make proper contact. Veloso able to clear. At the other end, Oliveira fires straight at Andersen from the edge of the box.

  31. 70

    Patricio put under undue pressure by an Alves back pass. Bendtner immediately gives chase and the Portugal goalkeeper is forced into a hurried clearance. He gets away with it.

  32. 69

    Step overs from Ronaldo, but Jacobsen keeps his eye on the ball and takes it off the toe of the Portuguese forward. Another quiet night for Ronaldo so far. He ha't been needed.

  33. 68

    Krohn-Delhi into the feet of Bendtner, who looks to spin away from Alves. Flag goes up. Just prior to that Mikkelsen, who has been lively since coming on, saw a shot blocked by three white shirts. Portugal standing firm.

  34. 67

    Jakob Poulsen fouls Nani in the middle of the park. Moutinho floats a clever ball into the path of Meireles. He has to play the ball in the air, and first time, and gets his touch all wrong.

  35. 66

    Eriksen goes short with the corner, before getting it back. He fires the ball in low to the feet of Krohn-Delhi, but his first touch i't the best. Portugal clear their lines.

  36. 65

    Mikkeslen worked into space again. Much better delivery this time as he fires low across the six-yard line. Pepe left with no choice but to hammer behind.

  37. 64

    Postiga makes way for Oliveira. Youngster with a big reputation.

  38. 64

    Mikkelsen with a direct burst that takes him past Coentrao. He has time to look up, but dinks a cross into the arms of Patricio. Portugal break, with Ronaldo looking to feed Postiga. He goes down inside the box, but Agger got the ball first.

  39. 63

    Great strike from Kvist. He catches the ball cleanly from 25 yards. Patricio drops to his knees and can only watch as the ball flashes inches wide of the post.

  40. 62

    Two balls on the field. Ronaldo knocks one into the crowd. Denmark look comfortable again for ia few moments, before Jacobsen gives the ball away. They keep shooting themselves in the foot.

  41. 61

    Nice one-touch football from Portugal, after Mikkelsen gives the ball away with his first touch. Mountinho can't pick out Ronaldo as Portugal finally run out of space and ideas.

  42. 60

    Rommedahl hobbles off. Denmark pick up their second injury blow of the game. Mikkelsen on in his place.

  43. 59

    Good touch from Kvist as he glances on a Kjaer clearance. Rommedahl can't collect and then goes down holding his leg. He waves at the bench and will have to come off.

  44. 58

    Simon Poulsen pushing well forward yet again. He crosses from deep, and sees his delivery flick behind for a corner. Eriksen delivers long to the back post, where Nani stoops to clear.

  45. 57

    Mountinho found wide on the right. Kvist barges into him and concedes a free-kick. No need as the Portugal man was going nowhere. Veloso whips over the set-piece, forcing Andersen to punch.

  46. 56

    Alves clatters through the back of Eriksen. No card. Jakob Poulsen then trips Nani as he breaks down the right flank, and he does see yellow.

  47. 55

    Patricio takes an age with a goal kick. Danish supporters not happy. Surely Portugal aren't playing for time yet. They should be looking to kill this game off.

  48. 54

    Denmark seeing plenty of the ball, but they aren't doing much with it. They can't get near the Portuguese goal. Somon Poulsen gives the ball to Postiga in a dangerous position. He puts his head down and runs into Agger when he should have played in Ronaldo.

  49. 53

    Space for Pereira. He gets to the by-line, looks up and delivers. Only Postiga to aim at and the delivery is swung behind him. Denmark fail to clear. Nani twists and turns before firing at Andersen.

  50. 52

    Meireles nicks the ball off Jakob Poulsen, who then brings him down. Plenty of movement on both benches, with a whole host of players warming up. Changes could arrive shortly.

  51. 51

    Wake-up call for Denmark there. They are controlling things at the start of the second half, but they have to remain switched on. As I speak they lose the ball in midfield. They are let off the hook as Veloso sends a pass put of play.

  52. 50

    Denmark moving the ball around confidently, until Agger gifts it to Meireles. Ronaldo freed into space and is closing on goal. He shoots, but his effort is not the best and Andersen is able to save comfortably. Ronaldo should have done better.

  53. 49

    Kvist turns and runs on the edge of his own box. No margin for error there. Eriksen, who has been quiet, flights over a cross, but Alves is on hand to head clear for Portugal.

  54. 48

    Kjaer with a long, diagonal ball towards Bendtner. Too much on it and leaves the striker with no chance. Denmark still pressing, but a heavy touch from Rommedahl allows Ronaldo to put in a challenge.

  55. 47

    Ronaldo back on the ball. He looks to go it alone. He spots a gap, but it is quickly shut in his face. The ball runs through to Andersen. Ronaldo claims a back pass, more out of hope than expectation.

  56. 46

    Nice touch from Coentrao into Ronaldo. Not a lot of space down the Portugal left, though, and they run out of room. Kjaer then wins a free-kick.

  57. Portugal get the second half up and running.

  58. Players back with us and we are ready for the second 45. Mascots currently going around giving high fives to those on the bench.

  59. Portugal still strong favourites to pick up three points at 2/9, with Denmark 12/1 and the draw 4/1. You can get 9/2 on Ronaldo to get the next goal.

  60. How do you see the second half going? Will we get more goals? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

  61. Denmark 1 Portugal. Goals from Pepe and Postiga has Portugal in complete control, but Bendtner has offered Denmark hope. Still all to play for in an entertaining encounter.

  62. 45+3

    Postiga back on his feet. Whistles from the Danish support. Kjaer prepared to keep the ball at the back and run out the final few moments of the first half.

  63. 45+2

    Portugal able to spring clear with Veloso. He finds Nani, who drifts past Poulsen with ease. His low cross i't the best. Postiga down. He was touched by Jakob Poulsen, but he didn't need to hit the deck.

  64. 45+1

    Patient build up from Denmark, as Portugal get plenty of men back. Bendtner sends the ball wide to Jacobsen. He looks to get in a cross, but sees his delivery blocked at source by Coentrao.

  65. Two minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  66. 45

    Nani off and running again. He has Pereira breaking past him, and he picks him out. A scuffed cross is easily dealth with. Denmark unable to keep hold of the ball, inviting another Portugal attack.

  67. 44

    Nani pulls a Pereira pass out of the air and fires over a wicked cross. Andersen can't get there, but neither can Postiga. The loose ball is taken off the toe of Ronaldo by Kjaer.

  68. 43

    Aimless ball down the line from Jacobsen runs all the way down the field and behind for a goal kick. Denmark are definitely back in this. Heads are back up.

  69. 42

    Free-kick to Denmark wide on their right. They believe again, and why not. Simon Poulsen whips the delivery into the box, and Kjaer heads straight at Patricio. Very much game on now.

  70. 41

    GOAL DENMARK - BENDTNER. Denmark back in it before the break. Great move finished off by Bendtner, who loves scoring against Portugal. Jacobsen feeds a cross to the back post, Krohn-Delhi nods back across the face and Bendtner is able to head into an empty net from close range.

  71. 40

    Alves with a towering header, which Postiga can chase. Andersen off his line quickly to gather. Simon Poulsen pushes well forward again, but his low cross is hammered clear by Pepe.

  72. 39

    Portugal now happy to get men behind the ball. Postiga drops very deep as well, so Denmark have it all to do. They try to go over the top, but Rommedahl drifts into an offside position.

  73. 38

    Eriksen with a low drive towards the bottom corner from 25 yards. He doe't catch the shot cleanly, but Patricio does well to get down low to his left and keep the effort out.

  74. 37

    That might be game over. Denmark don't look like a side with two goals in them. With confidence flowing again, Portugal might get a few more yet.

  75. 36

    GOAL PORTUGAL - POSTIGA. A whipped delivery from Coentrao makes its way to Nani. He returns the ball to the front post with interest and Postiga gets across Kjaer to sweep past Andersen and into the top corner.

  76. 35

    Andersen does really well to come through the crownd and pluck the Portuguese corner out of the air. No-one in white jumped with him, which helped his cause.

  77. 34

    Ronaldo's effort clips off the top of the wall, leaving Andersen wrong footed. He is relieved to see the ball loop onto the roof of the net. Corner to Portugal.

  78. 33

    Veloso with a poor pass. Pepe helps him out. Ronaldo suddenly running at the heart of the Denmark back four. He is caught by Jacobsen on the edge of the box. What can Portugal make of this opportunity?

  79. 32

    Jacobsen feeds the ball down the right wing, but Coentrao has Rommedahl in his pocket. Denmark stick with the gme plan, and Jacobsen ends up bundling Coentrao over.

  80. 31

    Denmark go short with their next free-kick. Poulsen trying hard again down their left, but he always seems to be faced with at least two defenders. No way through again. Portugal break and Ronaldo opts to pass rather then shoot. Wrong option.

  81. 30

    Terrible set-piece from Krohn-Delhi. He is looking for team-mates to make a run, then dinks the ball out of play. Not sure who he was aiming for or what he was thinking.

  82. 29

    Moutinho with another dangerouys delivery into the heart of the box. Denmark clear and look to counter. Krohn-Delhi leads the charge and Meireles is cautioned for handling.

  83. 28

    Meireles races out to the Portugal right to collect a throw. He then falls over his own feet. Portugal try again and Postiga is abale to win a corner. He was well found by Ronaldo.

  84. 27

    Denmark prepared to try and play their way back into the game. When they do go long, Alves nudges Rommedahl in the back. No need, but the Portugal defender gets the decision.

  85. 26

    Can Denmark offer a response? They haven't offered much going forward. They are a side better at holding onto narrow leads than chasing games.

  86. 25

    Nani is forced off for treatment as Portugal celebrate. He might not be able to continue.

  87. 24

    GOAL PORTUGAL - PEPE. Opening goal of the game arrives from the head of Pepe. Corner is swung towards the near post, where Pepe glances past Andersen. Well-worked set play.

  88. 24

    Veloso whips the set-piece into the box, dipping it into the six-yaerd box. Andersen can't come and is thankful to see Kjaer prod behind.

  89. 23

    Free-kick to Denmark sent wide by Agger. Veloso collects the loose ball. Agger has to come across and deal with Postiga, and clatters through the back of him. He gets a talking to from the referee.

  90. 22

    Pepe with a Hollywood pass towards Nani. He gets too much on it and the ball runs behind for another goal kick. Portugal starting to offer more of a threat, but need to work on their final ball/shooting.

  91. 21

    Ronaldo seeing more of the ball. He knocks it past Kjaer and sets off after it. He is muscled off the ball, takes a tumble and wins a free-kick. Ronaldo takes the set-piece himself, but sends it miles over the top of the crossbar from a tight angle.

  92. 20

    Indeed he is. Pepe trots back on. Portugal go long down the middle, but Postiga has dropped very deel and the ball runs through to Andersen.

  93. 19

    Pepe the latest to go down. Trainers back on the field. He was caught by Bendtner, but not a lot in it. Whistles from the Danes as the centre-half gets back to his feet and jogs off. Safe to assume he will be back.

  94. 18

    Nani trips Krohn-Delhi. Patricio allows a long ball down the line to run, and it just has enough on it to roll out of play. Portugal play their way out from the back, getting Ronaldo involved. He finds Meireles, whose shot is blocked. Ronaldo tries his luck, but scuffs horribly wide.

  95. 17

    Zimling can't continue and Jakob Poulsen is sent on in his place.

  96. 16

    Subs sent out to warm up. Zimling back on his feet, but he looks far from happy. He hobbles off and may not be back. No signal as yet to the bench.

  97. 15

    Poulsen battling his way down the Denmark left, but he has too many white shirts in his way. Zimling is down and will require treatment. He is a no-nonsense type of player so something must be wrong.

  98. 14

    Zimling spies Rommedahl's break into acres of space down the right. He is quick, but he can't catch up with the ball as it skids off the turf and behind. Portugal playing a very high line, which could be costly.

  99. 13

    Nani cross has Denmark troubled, and Kjaer is happy to hack the ball anywhere. It goes behind. Corner played short to Veloso. He whips over a dangerous cross, which Andersen leaps at and punches clear.

  100. 12

    Free-kick played short into Mountinho. Nani makes a burst in behind Poulsen. The Dane is worried for a moment and takes a tumble, bringing Nani down with him. Goal kick given.

  101. 11

    Better from Portugal as they threaten the Danish goal. Pereira hangs over a high cross from the right flank. He gets too much air on it and those in the middle cannot make contact. Mountinho is then tripped 40 yards from goal by Zimling.

  102. 10

    Alves gives the ball away. Kjaer then returns the favour as he fires a long ball down the middle of the park and into the arms of Patricio. Not a lot of slick passing to be seen as yet.

  103. 9

    Free-kick to Portugal wide on their left. Big men sent forward from the back. Lots of movement inside the Denmark box. Poor delivery from Mountinho is nodded clear by Zimling.

  104. 8

    Krohn-Delhi's delivery is glanced clear. Meireles smuggles the second delivery into the box awayfrom danger. Portugal look to counter at pace, but are slowed down once Nani is faced by three red shirts.

  105. 7

    Jacobsen with a couple of throws, eventually freeing Rommedahl. He gets his head up, but fires a cross into Pepe. Another corner to Denmark.

  106. 6

    Alves makes inroads, up to halfway. He scoops a pass down the line for Coentrao to chase. He almost gets there, but even he can't catch up with the ball. He claims a corner, gets nothing.

  107. 5

    Short corner again from the Danes. Zimling eventually feeds the ball into the box, but gets far too much on his delivery and it runs away for a throw.

  108. 4

    Krohn-Delhi drags the corner back to the edge of the box, where it is worked back to him. Meireles comes across and bundles the ball behind. Krohn-Delhi tries again. Half-cleared by Portugal, but Eriksen latches onto a cloose ball and Pepe does well to block his goal-bound effort.

  109. 3

    Kvist tries to switch the play to Rommedahl on the Danish right. Coentrao sees the danger early and nods out for a throw. Eriksen then muscles his way past the Portuguese left-back and wins the first corner of the game.

  110. 2

    Pepe runs the ball out from the back. Portugal will look to do that a lot, they have plenty of ball-players in their back four. First dart from Ronaldo, but he can't be found with a long pass over the top.

  111. 1

    Portugal look to press inside the opening 60 seconds. Neat football until Nani surrenders possession. Krohn-Delhi is then upended by the Manchester United winger.

  112. Denmark get us underway. Breezy conditions in the Ukraine. Goalkeepers will need to be alert this afternoon.

  113. National anthems ring out around Arena Lviv. Both sets of players giving it a good go. Plenty of passion pre-match - always nice to see.

  114. The teams are in the tunnel and we are almost ready for the off. There will be further opportunities to have your say on proceedings at half-time and at the end of the game, so feel free to get involved.

  115. Get the feeling we will see a much-improved performance from Portugal today. They didn't play badly against Germany, but they offered little going forward. They know they have to do better against Denmark.

  116. Only 15 minutes until kick-off, nerves will be jangling inside the dressing room. Keep your thoughts on how this might play out coming in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com and @SkySportsChrisB.

  117. Fancy a flutter prior to kick-off? Head on over to skybet.com. Portugal have been very popular, backed into 5/6 from 10/11 this morning. The Danes are expected to play for the point which would put them on the brink of qualification after their shock win over Holland and a stalemate is 12/5 with another Danish victory a 7/2 shot. Punters are backing Ronaldo and co to break down the Kjaer/Agger defensive stand from the Danes. We offer 20/1 for Ronaldo to score in a 1-0 success and 25/1 for the Real Madrid hitman to score first in a 2-1 win. Alternatively Christian Eriksen to score first in a 1-0 win for the Danes is a 75/1 shot.

  118. Todays' referee is Craig Thomson from Scotland.

  119. Portugal team: Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Pereira, Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Ronaldo, Postiga. Subs: Eduardo, Beto, Costa, Rolando, Lopes, Custodio, Quaresma, Micael, Viana, Almeida, Oliveira, Varela.

  120. Denmark team: Andersen, Kjaer, Agger, S Poulsen, Jacobsen, Kvist, Eriksen, Zimling, Krohn-Dehli, Rommedahl, Bendtner. Subs: Lindegaard, Schmeichel, Bjelland, Okore, Wass, C Poulsen, Schone, Silberbauer, J Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Pedersen, Mikkelsen.

  121. Can Denmark pick up another shock win and all but secure their place in the last eight, or can Portugal get their campaign up and running? Who will be the stars of the show? Will Ronaldo deliver when it matters most? Let me know your thoughts.

  122. How do you see this afternoon's game going? Feel free to offer your opinion by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

  123. As this is the so-called 'Group of Death' both teams know there is no margin for error tonight - regardless of what has gone before.

  124. Denmark edged out a much-fancied Holland side, and will be full of confidence as a result, while Portugal slipped to a narrow defeat to Germany.

  125. Both sides were involved in keenly-fought encounters on Matchday One, with both games ending 1-0.

  126. Welcome to Lviv for our coverage of this afternoon's Euro 2012 Group B encounter between Denmark and Portugal.

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1 Germany 3 9
2 Portugal 3 6
3 Denmark 3 3
4 Netherlands 3 0

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2 Italy 3 5
3 Croatia 3 4
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3 Ukraine 3 3
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