- Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Germany, one of the main favorites to win Euro 2012, plays Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Earlier Saturday, Denmark pulled off a shock 1-0 win over the Netherlands.

Here is a running account of Saturday’s play. All times are local to Poland.

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2234: Great chance for Portugal and Varela should have scored. Coentrao finds Nelson Oliveira who does very well to control the ball and even better to get it across the goal and into the path of Varela. Neuer is off his line and blocks but Varela knows he should have scored. Will Portugal get a better chance than that to score? 90 minutes is up.

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2231: Nani drifts in from the right and goes for goal with his left foot from outside the penalty area, but his shot is wide. Mesut Oezil is replaced by Toni Kroos for Germany. Portugal hit the bar from a looping cross by Nani. Portugal are definitely pressing for a goal to bring them level here and they only have four minutes left to find it.

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2228: Ronaldo breaks down the left and finds Fabio Coentrao, who takes a shot which is deflected and loops over the bar for corner. Neuer again comes to clear for Germany.

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2226: GaryLineker: “Yeah yeah, 22 men kick a ball about for 90 mins and….” (via Twitter)

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2225: Ronaldo cuts in from the left and unleashes a low drive at the German goal, which bounces up at Neuer. He parries it out for a corner which Portugal fail to take advantage of. Portugal make an attacking change with forward Silvestre Varela replacing midfielder Raul Meireles. Gomez is now being replaced by Miroslav Klose, who is 34 today. Will he celebrate his birthday with a late goal to secure victory for Germany?

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2219: A great header by Gomez to give his side the lead, when it looked like he was about to come off for Miroslav Klose. An inch-perfect cross from the right is met brilliantly by Gomez, who heads the ball back the way it came, low into the corner of the net. Gomez has had a quiet evening but his goal means Klose sits back down on the bench.

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