Denmark v Portugal: How it happened

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Denmark v Portugal: How it happened

Denmark v Portugal: How it happened
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After losing to Germany 1-0 in their opener Portugal finally got on the Euro 2012 scoresheet and into the winners circle.

Moments after Miguel Veloso’s free-kick caused chaos in the Danish defence, a dangerous corner from Joao Moutinho was greeted at the near post by Pepe who made no mistake in putting his side ahead after 25 minutes from a tight angle.

Portugal doubled their lead on 36 minutes.

Denmark guilty of some slack defending as Nani pick out Helder Postiga who cooly hammered it into the roof of the net.

Out of nothing and four minutes before the break Denmark pulled one back to give themselves and their fans some hope of adding to their stunning opening victory against the Netherlands.

Lars Jacobsen’s long ball in found Michael Krohn-Dehli who beat the off side trap to lob a cheeky header across goal to the back post and an eagerly awaiting Nicklas Bendtner.

If that wasn’t enough to get the Danish fans on their feet with ten minutes remaining the former Arsenal frontman hit the equaliser.

Unmarked coming into the box Bendtner outjumped a flailing Pepe to net his second of the evening.

In a thrilling ending to the match Portugal’s attacking pressure paid off as with three minutes left substitute Silvestre Varela thundered his shot home for the win albeit at the second attempt after he completely missed the ball on his first.