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1806: Denmark, which won the tournament against all the odds in 1992, has the first chance. Simon Poulsen drills the ball into the penalty area and it finds its way to highly rated midfielder Christian Eriksen. He turns and tries to get his shot away but Raul Meireles slides in and blocks.

(at)Karl_Ritter Banner held up by Danish fans: 1992-2012 Same Story. Bold prediction after just 1 game (via Twitter)

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1800: Denmark gets us under way. Craig Thomson of Scotland is the referee.

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1754: Ronaldo is fired up for this one. He went round knocking fists with all his teammates on the pitch during the warmup, talking very animatedly to each one of them. The Portugal captain knows what a massive game this is for his side. Once again, there are plenty of fans in the colors of co-hosts Poland and Ukraine in the stadium. The local fans really seem to be enjoying having the European Championship in their country and they are always out in force at every match. The players are singing the national anthems.

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1740: In their first games, Denmark beat the Netherlands 1-0 and Portugal lost 1-0 to Germany. If the Danes win today and Germany beats the Netherlands later Wednesday, they will qualify for the quarterfinals and Portugal will be eliminated with one group game still to play. And that would mean no Cristiano Ronaldo in the knockout stages.

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1730: Here are the lineups for Denmark vs. Portugal in Lviv, Ukraine:

Denmark: Andersen, Kjaer, Agger, Poulsen, Jacobsen, Kvist, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli, Rommedahl, Bendtner, Zimling. Substitutes: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Miguel Veloso, Fabio Coentrao, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Nani, Joao Pereira, Helder Postiga. Substitutes: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto.