After their shock win over the Dutch, Denmark are looking to see off Portugal and book a place in the last eight.
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Denmark 2-3 Portugal
16.45 – With both teams unchanged from their first games, the Danes should once again line up with a central defensive partnership of Simon Kjaer and Daniel Agger, who were both excellent against Holland, Niki Zimling and William Kvist sitting in midfield and Denis Rommedahl, Christian Eriksen and goalscorer Michael Krohn-Dehli behind frontman Nicklas Bendtner.
Paulo Bento’s Portugal keep faith in Helder Postiga with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo flanking the former Spurs man. Raul Meireles, Miguel Veloso and Joao Moutinho have been tasking with ball-winning in the centre of the park and Bruno Alves plays alongside Pepe at the back.
16.49 – These two actually qualified from the same group en route to the finals, with Denmark pipping Portugal to top spot meaning the Iberians had to come through a two-legged play-off with Bosnia Herzegovina.
Their head-to-head results during that campaign were as follows:
- Portugal 3-1 Denmark, October 2010
- Denmark 2-1 Portugal, October 2011
17.07 – Some early pressure from Denmark who win a corner, which is eventually cleared away. Fabio Coentrao then goes chasing a ball down the left flank but it is successfully marshalled out by Kjaer.
17.15 – Ronaldo gets the ball at his feet for the first time after 12 minutes of play and a couple of stepovers is followed by a pass out wide. Nani’s cross is put behind for a corner.
Miguel Veloso takes it short and, on the return, whips it towards the Danish goal where Stephan Andersen punches clear.
Down the other end, Dennis Rommedahl isn’t far from reading a long diagonal ball.
17.20 – Spotting a couple of yards of space, Raul Meireles has a pop from distance which canons off a defender and falls to Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man gets the connection all wrong and completely scuffs the shot.
18.03 – Cracking first half. Let’s hope we witness more of the same. Second half is underway.
18.09 – What a chance. Ronaldo is away from the Danish defenders and only has Andersen to beat but gives the goalkeeper a chance to get down well and keep it out. You would expect him to score those.
18.23 – Denmark threatening and after a prolonged period of possession, Stuttgart midfielder William Kvist catches a volley sweetly from 20 yards and it’s not far away from the top corner.
Tobias Mikkelsen, just on for Rommedahl, takes on Veloso with his first piece of action and nutmegs his opponent. Upon getting to the end line however, his delivery is weak.
20-year-old Nelson Oliveira is on for Postiga, meanwhile.
18.37 – Kjaer inches away from connecting with Eriksen’s free but Patricio fists away. Portugal go down the other end and Ronaldo is put through for what should be a routine finish.
Incredibly, he somehow manages to put the ball a good four yards wide. Bizarre.
18.58 – What a group this ‘Group of Death’ is turning out to be. Portugal, beaten by Germany, narrowly see off Denmark… who had claimed a 1-0 win over the Netherlands. All we need now is a Dutch win tonight and all four teams would be on three points going into the final game. Amazing.
19.13 – We’ve just had one cracker of a game, but there’s still plenty to come. As I write, Sean is getting his liveblog started for the meeting of the Netherlands and Germany. It promises to be a classic stick with us.