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GOMEZ GIVES GERMANY WINNING START

9th June 2012, 11:34pm

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Mario Gomez celebrates for Germany

Mario Gomez celebrates for Germany

Mario Gomez scored a magnificent header as Germany battled their way past Portugal 1-0 to make a winning start to their Euro 2012 Group B campaign on Saturday night.

Portugal's defensive obduracy had frustrated Germany for 72 minutes and Gomez was about to be substituted when he planted Sami Khedira's cross past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Suddenly faced with chasing the game, instead of settling for the bore draw, Portugal brought Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani into the game and laid siege on the German goal.

In a barnstorming finish, German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer brilliantly denied Silvestre Varela to seal the victory as Joachim Low's men made a successful start to their quest for a first European crown since 1996.

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