- Associated Press - Sunday, June 17, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Germany beat Denmark 2-1 and a Ronaldo-inspired Portugal beat the Netherlands by the same score in the final Group B matches at the European Championship on Sunday. The Germans and Portuguese are now in the last eight.

Here is a running account of the action. All times are local to Poland.

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2247: Monday sees the resolution of Group C. Defending champion Spain plays Croatia in Gdansk and Italy takes on Ireland in Poznan. The Irish are already out of the tournament and will only be playing for pride but Croatia, Italy and Spain can all qualify for the quarterfinal.


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2238: Portugal deserves its victory over the Netherlands. While the Dutch at times looked dangerous going forward, Portugal repeatedly cut them open on the break and on another day could have had five when you consider Ronaldo hit the post twice and Nani missed the easiest of chances. Germany struggled more than you’d expect to break down a resilient Danish side, but yet again got the result when it mattered.

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2237: So there we have it: Germany wins Group B and plays Greece in the quarterfinal in Gdansk; Portugal will play the Czech Republic in Warsaw.

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2235: FULL-TIME: Portugal 2, Netherlands 1.

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2234: FULL-TIME: Germany 2, Denmark 1

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2226: Rafael van der Vaart goes close to giving the Netherlands a glimmer of hope, curling a beautiful shot onto the far post, with an outstretched Rui Patricio in the Portugal goal well and truly beaten. That would have been a sensational goal.

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