|Sunday, 10 June 2012 19:19|
LVIV: Germany defenders Philipp Lahm (pic, right) and Jerome Boateng were both delighted they were able to help keep a clean sheet as their side defeated Portugal 1-0 in their opening Group B match of Euro 2012 this morning.
A second-half header from Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez was enough to give Joachim Loew's men a vital victory as they moved joint-top of the group alongside Denmark.
Despite boasting the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal created few clear-cut chances, with Pepe coming the closest when he struck the bar in the first-half.
"It is very important to start the tournament with a victory. It always is!" said Lahm. "We controlled the match in the first-half, and Portugal had only one chance from Pepe."