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Tonight's the night when one of the marquee matches of the Euro 2012 group stage plays out. It's pre-tournament favorites, Germany taking on the underacheiving--yet, immensely talented--Portugal. In a tournament that promises a ton of excitement and fast action, this clash is right up there amongst the best on offer.
This game kicks off tonight at 00:15 IST.
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Since these two teams first locked horns way back in 1936, they have met a total of eight times. Germany has been the superior team, having won four of these matches, while Portugal has emerged victorious only once--the other three games were hard-fought ties.
However, when it comes to the European Championship, both teams share the honors, and have beaten the other side once. While Portugal drubbed the Germans 3-0 in their Euro 2000 Group A encounter, Germany returned the favor with a 3-2 scoreline in their Euro 2008 quarterfinal game. So, clearly both teams can step up to the plate and deliver when it comes to a big occasion!
It's no secret that all eyes will be on a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid striker has been Portugal's go-to guy for nearly a decade now, and is still just as dangerous as he was all those years ago. Other players to look out for in the Portugal line-up will be Manchester United star Nani and of course, Pepe, who is quite the force at the back.
As far as the Germans are concerned, they are an all-round strong team. Coach Joachim Low's biggest challenge will be picking the best starting XI out of the 23-man sqaud. Right now, he's playing his cards close to his chest and hasn't revealed much. However, it's obvious that Bayern Munich striker, Mario Gomez is going to play a big part in his game plan.
If we absolutely had to pick a favorite here, it would be Germany. We base this, of course, on the Germans' incredible run prior to this tournament--they won all of their 10 Euro 2012 qualifiers. Meanwhile, Portugal's mad scramble to qualify ahead of Norway, was anything but emphatic.
Still, as we've mentioned before, when it comes to a big stage like this one, both these teams start out as equals. Afterall, Joachim Low did say that "Portugal are a team who can beat anybody..." in the lead up to this match.
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