• FT

    Netherlands

    0

    Denmark

    1

  • FT

    Germany

    1

    Portugal

    0

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine

Attendance: 33951

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Germany

  • Mario Gomez 72'

1 - 0

FT

Watch Live on: ESPN, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Likewise, Nick.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Looking forward to another 3 weeks with you guys!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks for joining us, everyone. Come back tomorrow for more top Euroness on ESPN.com/Soccer and ESPNFC.com!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ah. Was trying to figure out what it was. Get on Twitter and we'll make you a very famous man.

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    [Comment from Jenni]
    Thank you Leander and Jeff. Great job!

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    Jason York: Thanks everyone, see you again soon. That's not my Twitter handle, Leander. I don't have one.

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    [Comment from John]
    Thanks for the chat as always. Appreciate it gentlemen!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Before you leave, do follow:

    @LeanderAlphabet

    @JeffreyCarlisle

    @RogBennett

    And @JasonYorkESPN

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I was hoping for some attacking fireworks, but Germany isn't yet the team it was in 2010, when it dazzled on the opposing half of the field. And Portugal didn't get enough out of its strength on the wings.

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    Jason York: Germany is now unbeaten in 9 EURO group openers entering today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany guts out the three points in an ugly game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Final whistle.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alves and Schweinsteiger had collided violently in the box.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was three minutes of added time, we're at 4 1/2 with two players doen.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If Portugal had gotten a tie, my MoM would have been Coentrao.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alves heads Nani corner inches over!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Good shout there Mike.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    What about Boateng for an assist and shutting down Ronaldo?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're in the 94th minute. Not long now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany with time-wasting sub. Mueller off for Lars Bender.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice attack with Ronaldo winning the ball and getting to back line on give-and-go with Coentrao. Cuts back for Nani, whose shot is blocked.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Badstuber this time. Great block. Hummels, still my Man of the Match, though.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nani blocked by Badstuber!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose with a cynical foul to stop another quick attack.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany making it hard on Portugal to get forward.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 91st minute.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Don't think they could afford him right now.

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    [Comment from AP]
    Does the special one have an interest in managing the national team?

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    Jeff Carlisle: My bad there. It is not over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He has a ridiculous numbers of players in this game.

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    [Comment from ToddInTheShadows]
    This game is over.

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    Jeff Carlisle: And Mourinho shows his displeasure. He's in mid-season form.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dubious call, mutual grappling.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao now called for foul on Mueller. That kills the attack.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yeah, weird that was.

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    [Comment from AP]
    Lahm flying in hands first

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Neuer with a crotch save!

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    [Comment from Xavier]
    Good save from Manuel...but it should be 1-1

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    [Comment from Jenni]
    Portugal was given a gift and they tossed it in the trash!

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    [Comment from Bryan]
    Varela just cost his team a point.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    WOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! Anywhere but there!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao with a long ball to Oliveira, it comes across and Varela finishes right at Neuer! What a waste!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Along with Casillas and Lloris.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Top-3 in my book.

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    [Comment from John]
    Where do you guys think Neuer stands among keepers worldwide?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And on comes Kroos for Ozil, who never seems to finish out a game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nani sends a shot wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 86th minute.

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    [Comment from Kelsey]
    Someone should've told Portugal that games are 90 minutes and to show up at the start rather than 80+

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner cleared.

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Hummels has been immense this game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Varela throws himself at a Nani cross but Hummels heads it away.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Portugal playing with some urgency at last.

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    [Comment from AP]
    Shades of Ronaldinho vs. Seaman.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: His cross sails long and almost catches out Neuer!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nani off the bar!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Coentrao, easily Portugal's best player today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A shot from the ever-excellent Coentrao is deflected well by and goes over.

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    Jason York: It's Miroslav Klose's 34th birthday today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Disagree. He's had a few nice runs. Almost no support from teammates though.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    How disappointing has CR7 been today? He's done nothing of note.

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    MIroslav isn't a traditional German name like Mesut, Mario or Sami

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ronaldo cuts inside and thrashes a shot between two men, it curves but Neuer blocks well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You've gotta take the soccer karma where it offers a helping hand.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Which makes it funny that the Poles are annoyed by Ludovic Obraniak and one of their defenders being born elsewhere.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Like Podolski.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Well spotted, Jenni. He was born in Poland.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He's Polish-born.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The aggregate hair quality of the Portuguese is now up 26 percent.

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    [Comment from Jenni]
    Miroslav doesn;t sound like a German name.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For Raul Meireles.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Silvestre Varela on as well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Miroslav Klose is on.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And Gomez is off, gets a slightly hard slap to the back of the head for his trouble. Always strikes me as odd.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany now quite dominant.

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    [Comment from AP]
    Ronaldo is going to have to do this by himself...everytime he passes the ball the recipient gives it back to Germany.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    FootballCliches was right--this game has opened up...

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Good work, just a tad bit ahead of Gomez. This game has just got real.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A nice German attack, but Muellers cross is a yard too far ahead from a diving Gomez.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner cleared.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil sends a cross in, after a nice spell of German possessionality, but Meireles hammers it into the upper deck, or thereabouts.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Hah! Still true.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That sounds like a Magic 8-Ball readout.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ireland's history suggests that they'll take points off someone.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 75th minute.

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    [Comment from Hogan]
    Jeff-thoughts on Ireland? Will they even earn a point?

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    [Comment from FootballingCliches]
    Now the game can finally open up!!!!!!

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    [Comment from macheath]
    well taken, back against the movement of the keeper who had to track the ball across, couldn't change direction fast enough to make a save

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    Jeff Carlisle: Deflection made it much tougher to defend I think.

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    Jason York: Mario Gomez has the most headed goals in the Bundesliga over the past 2 seasons with 11.

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    [Comment from Kevin (NY)]
    Marking a bit weak there?

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    [Comment from bryemye]
    That is a world class header. That's why he was left in.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Khedira, I believe, sends a cross, it takes a deflection and floats to Gomez, who heads it well into the far corner!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Have to say, Gomez took that well.

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    About time.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    FINALLY!!

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    [Comment from Jason]
    finally lol beautiful!!!!

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    [Comment from Christian]
    TOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And he scores!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mario Gomez finally gets another touch!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: GOAL!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or do that.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    Crap, crap, and more crap. I think I'll re-watch the US-A&B match.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 20 more minutes. Stick with us people, our suffering will soon cease.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He's bombing nevertheless.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Mueller: Not Der Bomber

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    [Comment from Josh]
    What. Was. That?????

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dreadful cross by Mueller.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Monday.

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    [Comment from GodSavetheQueen]
    Speaking of mediocrity, when is England's first match?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Out of curiosity, Statsie, how many touches does a striker typically get?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nelson Oliveira on for Helder Postiga, who just couldn't stay awake any longer.

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    Jason York: Mario Gomez only has 3 touches in the 1st 23 minutes of the 2nd half and 10 overall.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This is what happens when you don't pay attention, the vultures on here savage you and your reputation.

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    [Comment from Rory]
    Speaking of mediocrity, what happened to Rodger?

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Boddingtons called?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Eating dinner probably. Whicis what I should have done.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ball goes around and around, bit of argy-bargy, ball goes around, bit of argy-bargy. Repeat.

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    [Comment from cathy]
    Where is rog?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: George Best. Also pretty feet, likewise face.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And she stands by it, by George!

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    [Comment from Jenni]
    Jenni said: The only thing prettier than Ronaldo's face are his feet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's a little treat for those of you who have stuck around and put up with our mediocrity.

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    [Comment from John]
    I bet the people who didn't see that earlier comment are really wondering about you two right now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Quite looking forward to more of them being gone, as this game disappoints.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That's all?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 66 minutes gone.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We all are. That's the only truth in this life. All men are jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Boateng must be jealous of Ronaldo too.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Who are almost as pretty as his face.

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    Jeff Carlisle: And those pretty feet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yeah, but on the bright side, he got stepped on by Ronaldo.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Great recovery by Boateng. Gets stepped on for his efforts. That looked painful.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc]
    WOAH now that's a tackle, take a lesson kids

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ronaldo with a good look but Boateng gets back and saves the day!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Make up your mind.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Meireles smacks Badstuber in the face on the back line, as he sort of smiles and than is all concern.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Who would have thought that out of the first four games, this one would be the most unsightly?

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    The classic "It's only my first foul" look from Coentrao. As his opponent lay crumpled on the ground.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc]
    this really looks like a game where everyone walks away happy with a 0-0, but that should come back to bite the germans

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao gets booked for a foul on Schweini.

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    Jason York: Germany is 6 for 12 on crosses overall, but Thomas Muller is 1 for 3.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Moutinho is down, getting stepped on trying to tackle the Khedira, who was poured out of concrete.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another Mueller cross sails too far ahead of the well-marked Podolski and Gomez.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hooray! My gamer on Holland-Denmark has posted: http://espnfc.com/us/en/news/1093128/dutch-team-.html

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski with more messy footwork. Arsene Wenger must be really pleased he signed him before the Euro made his transfer value skyrocket...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Both. Especially the yelling.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The yelling or the short corner?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Agreed. The U-16 team I coach insists on taking them and I yell at them.

    It's not a good look.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc]
    nothing is more useless than short corners (unles you're barcelona and no one is taller than 5-11)

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    [Comment from gunner]
    Helger Postiga is a PERFECT anagram for "Atrophied Legs"....

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner comes to nothing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Much livelier second half here, in the 54th minute.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A Coentrao cross is deflected by Boateng. Corner.

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    [Comment from Neurerism]
    and Schalke fans in the guts

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Fair.

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    [Comment from John]
    But Leander, this German team is a much better side than the dregs of La Liga.

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    [Comment from Pele]
    Neymar is still totes better than Messi!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Moles too.

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Neuer likes to punch corners, doesn't he?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Little nudge by Portuguese defender put Podolski off it looked like.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: An Ozil cross is too high for Podolski.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ronaldo with a bicycle kick in the box!

    His own box.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I was going to say, and I think I will, in fact, he scores on a ton of those.

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    [Comment from John]
    Are those long, poor angle shots by Ronaldo a good thing? They don't seem to be very effective. (Until he nets one, of course.)

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    Jeff Carlisle: Hummels. Again. Though it didn't look as dangerous on the replay.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And thus has created room for the Portuguese to break into. Just now, Ronaldo cut into the box on a run but his cross/shot was headed behind. Corner is cleared.

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Jogi put a little fire in the German side at half. Good.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Over in New Jersey, an agonizingly close hour from where I am, Messi has Argentina up 2-1 over Brazil.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ronaldo with a shot, ref ducks out of the way, but rolls simply to Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't know how much difference it'll make. A striker is only as strong as the service he gets.

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    [Comment from John]
    Is it time to put Klose on in place of Gomez?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner is punched away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nani works his way to the back line but Hummels heads his cross behind.

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    Jeff Carlisle: For all the stick that Hummels got in the lead-up to the tournament, he's been pretty solid tonight.

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    [Comment from Terry]
    The first 35 seconds more exciting than the first half.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice positive start from Germany.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany wins the corner, Khedira gets his head on it but nods it wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're off again. And Podolski wastes no time wasting a chance, getting closed down.

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    Jason York: Euro Record Based on Halftime Scoreline (W-L-T)

    Germany
    Leading: 5-0-1
    Trailing: 1-2-0
    Tied: 4-2-5

    Portugal
    Leading: 5-2-0
    Trailing: 0-2-2
    Tied: 7-3-2

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cruijff always has some criticism of everything that isn't Cruijff. That's sort of how it works.

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    Jason York: Possession pct: Germany 52-48 at halftime.

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Cruijf always has some criticism of the Dutch team though.

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    [Comment from Todd]
    I blame the toxic jerseys for Germany's lack of pep.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Johan Cruyff said the Dutch playing in black away uniforms was a mistake -- couldn't pick out teammates against backdrop of stadium, which is apparently also black.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Magnificent hair, that Samaras. But the rest of his game...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They had the most of the ball and most of the chances. Soccer is about creating chances. Much of the rest is down to luck. By and large, if you have most of the ball and have the most chances, you'll win. Only bad luck can prevent that.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Following the Greece/Poland game, Giorgos Samaras blamed the white roof at Warsaw's National Stadium for his not being able to pick up the ball. Not kidding.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    So the Netherlands' inability to score means they were better? I don't get that reason. Denmark had a couple of missed scoring opportunities too.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    I ain't a homer, but the USA has a real chance at winning these Euro's.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Lahm ate a schnitzel/ Ronaldo ate a codfish/ Pepe ate a child

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ha. Jabulani!

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    [Comment from Josh]
    How long til the ball is blamed for poor shooting?

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Jason? Possession numbers? Germany 99% probably....

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If somebody who happens to be Dutch can't point out the obvious and say the Dutch were the better team in that game, then I guess that makes me a homer...

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Homer much Leander ?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If the Dutch capitalize in 10 percent of their chances, they run away with that game.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    @Leander. Agreed. Next comes the "Why didn't they have a second option?" idiots. Look, the first option worked fairly well; not well enough, but enough to suggest they can succeed in the next two matches.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    The Germans can't score/Portugal couldn't care less/Post is breaking out

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't much understand the people who said Holland was so poor. They dominated the game and created chances by the bushel. You can't ask much more. Some days they just don't go in.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Interesting point, Mista. Russia looked awfully good too, in fairness. Their wing-play was excellent.

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Honestly, I think the best looking side this tournament has actually been Holland. Unfortunate for them that they lost, though perhaps a bit naive as well.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Crossbar M.V.P./Ronaldo getting angry/want to see Klose

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No it wasn't. Whole ball has to be over whole line. Nowhere close.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    IT WAS A GOAL!

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    [Comment from Kevin (NY)]
    Germans must bring on / Miroslav and Toni Kroos / maybe Götze too?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No haikus on Lalas's tie? Disappointing.

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    [Comment from Ill Have Anothers jocke]
    Thought I'd be busy / Instead I got the day off / Hooray for Euros!

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Germans lethargic / Portuguese content, I think / Wanna see a goal

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    [Comment from Christian]
    if the match was better / perhaps haikus would come forth / where's Wondo when need?

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Bad finishing half/No one wants to score a goal/Need more Boddington's

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    [Comment from Christian]
    redo...leander has time / for tea, crumpets and milk, but / no haiku topic

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Leander has time / for tea, crumpets and milk / no haiku topic

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes. And haikus.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc]
    and haikus?

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    my halftime haiku: zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz/ zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz/ zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If you noted that I put my own handle first, know that I'm the Arjen Robben of Twitter followers grubbing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: @LeanderAlphabet

    @RogBennett

    @JeffreyCarlisle

    @[Jason York, insert your Twitter handle here. I don't know it but am embarrassed to say so publicly so am doing it covertly]

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: While I go take a bathroom break, make the best decision you have all day and follow us on Twitter:

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Time for tea.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Minute of added time almost up.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Would have been the extra fella by the end line.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Great call by the linesman

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    Jason York: In the same time frame, Mario Gomez has attempted 299 shots and scored 82 goals in all competitions.

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    Wow. A good call.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Magnificently dainty finish from the defensive bruiser. It hit the bottom of the bar, bounced on the line and clear!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Not over the line. Refs got that one right.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pepe off the bar!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Even better. He's from the Stats & Information department.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc]
    is jason york the oracle?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm guessing that's quite poor, Jason/Statsie.

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    Jason York: In all competitions since June 13, 2010, Lukas Podolski has attempted 237 shots and scored 36 goals.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Who, in another life as dog, would probably be really good at catching frisbees.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Free kick another easy aerial grab for Neuer.

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    [Comment from deav]
    i give nani a 9.5 there

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    [Comment from Chris Valle (CA/USA)]
    Bad Stuber! BAD!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He seemed to sort of slip and then hit him.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That might be the most delayed flop in history.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yellow card for Badstuber, who poisoned Nani on his way past him.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Wonder what Podolski's shot to goal ratio is? 100:1?

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    [Comment from Ukrainian Devil]
    this is the soccer haters' version of soccer

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Germans seem to be afraid to put the ball on net.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Yikes, the German accuracy today is terrible.

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    Roger Bennett: sloppy finishing from Germany. Can the Portuguese stay disciplined and organized for next 50 minutes? this is looking more and more like a game that will be decided by a mistake

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    [Comment from Bryan]
    I think a goal would do much for keeping me awake.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jogi Loew is proper annoyed over at the side.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A string of chances for Germany between Mueller, Gomez and Podolski, but all crosses are imprecise, as is Podolski's final attempt.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Ozil's belief system prevents him from using under-eye cream

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    [Comment from captain obvious]
    i think a goal would do much for the overall tempo of this game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't think too many people would have expected Denmark to be atop this group at the end of today.

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    [Comment from Ed]
    Draw here would help Netherlands situation

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    [Comment from Zombie?]
    guesses on the last time Ozil slept?? That guy looks exhausted

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    Jason York: Scoring chances created: GER 4, POR 2. None in the last 10 minutes for either side.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This game is becoming one for the tactics-nerds.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Portugal isn't taking much initiative, but it's disturbing Germany sufficiently to make their possession rather ineffectual.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gomez gets himself into the box but Pepe shields him off the ball and wins a foul.

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    [Comment from macheath]
    Germany looks static in the attacking end--last sequence, ball moving on the right, but four other attackers standing in fixed positions, no movement off the ball

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I like him too. He really is a natural.

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    [Comment from Misty]
    I'm actually quite enjoying Kasey Keller as a commentator. What do you guys think?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao with an excellent intervention there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ronaldo on a run but defended well by Boateng, who forced him out of the box.

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    Jason York: Germany's attacking players are not getting a ton of touches on the ball especially Mario Gomez, who only has 5 touches, none in the last 15 minutes.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pink shoes hurt my eyes. In all walks of life. But especially in soccer.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans must like the look of Podolski. His play reminiscent of Robin Van Persie's. Today.

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    [Comment from Robert]
    Schaerlaeckens means "one of superior wit and intellect", right?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coming to an Emirates Stadium near you Fall 2012.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski absolutely skies a good Ozil cross.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pereira with a sharp cross but Postiga can't get a good head on it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think it's a type of poisonous mushroom, not the word for "poisonous mushroom".

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Moving on.

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    Jeff Carlisle: And Badstuber means "poisonous mushroom".

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I thought that too.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Thought it was "pig mounter"

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    [Comment from Chris Valle]
    Nani and M.Night also having the same level of filmmaking prowess

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    [Comment from Carlo Rossi]
    Nani looks like Michael Jackson circa Thriller.

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    [Comment from jason]
    literal translation is pig climber

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    [Comment from jared]
    all this talk of lookalikes but no nani being a dead ringer for m night shymalan?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Look up the literal translation. It's even more fun.

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    [Comment from Robert]
    Schweinsteiger is just fun to say.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller is wonderfully skilled, but I question his decision-making sometimes.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller with an almighty hoof up to Gomez, but it's too far ahead of him.

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    [Comment from Berto]
    Ronaldo touches. Shoots. Rinse Repeat

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    [Comment from Josh]
    The way Schweinsteiger holds his hands like a little T-Rex on the ball is awesome.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Perhaps not, but point stands about advantage call.

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    [Comment from Cole]
    Do you think it still would have been a goal is the Portugal players had kept playing?

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    [Comment from John]
    The Portuguese keeper had given up. Wouldn't have gone it if the whistle wasn't blown.

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    [Comment from macheath]
    what poor reefing--obvious advantage. This ref is too full of himself

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Khedira is fouled, keeps going, passes it to Gomez and he sneaks it in by the far post. But the ref makes the foul stand, ignoring the advantage.

    BAD CALL.

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    [Comment from Hoernerice]
    VORTEIL

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    Jeff Carlisle: How do you say "advantage" in German?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: So far, we've seen three-and-a-quarter games and they've all been eminently watchable.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice, optimistic soccer here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: German through ball doesn't come off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think he's a good header. Don't think he's as bad as all that, but he is below average with his feet at this level.

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    [Comment from John]
    Leander, what is your assessment of Gomez? To me, he seems extremely clumsy and gets his goals because of great delivery from teammates and the occasional bit of luck (right place, right time kind of thing).

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    [Comment from gunner]
    re: jenny, the only thing uglier than Ronaldo's feet is his face

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I wonder if, given Hollands loss, these teams would both be quite happy with a draw.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long Portugal ball by Veloso sails into Neuer's hands.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If that wasn't sarcastic, I published it sarcastically.

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    [Comment from Berto]
    Comments about player's physical appearances are only allowed during Women's World Cup

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    [Comment from BayouBayernFan]
    Gomez looks like an evil goon from an Indian Jones movie

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Are you also attracted to stray jars of grease?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Serious? Like... really?

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    [Comment from Jenni]
    The only thing prettier than Ronaldo's face are his feet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Previous ten records also held by Ronaldo.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think Ronaldo set a record for stepovers there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Comes to nothing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lahm clears a ball that flashed across face of goal after nice run by Ronaldo, saving an open shot. Corner Portugal.

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    Roger Bennett: Keep watching Ronaldo off the ball. When it does not get played through to him, is reaction is fascinating -- leaping into air. Shouting at teammates. Frustration is building

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: How's that for an answer?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Anything is better than the way it was before. Except, perhaps, the way it is now.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Which is worse, Raul Meireles's hair at Chelsea or now, with it completely shaven off?

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Podolski with the nice tackle there. Took ball right off Gomez.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski and Gomez -- yes -- tackle each other going for the ball. Portugal wins it, unsurprisingly.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao has been a handful up the left. Which is just as well, because Ronaldo and Nani haven't done much off the wings yet.

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    Jeff Carlisle: At Spurs.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    When did Kasey Keller play with Postiga?

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Postiga very lucky there, I think.

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    [Comment from John]
    Deserving yellow there. A hint of dirtiness from the Portuguese.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Oh boy. Postiga was just paroled.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yellow card.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Postiga, clumsily, goes in hard on Neuer, who has long since cleared the ball.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He plays with them...

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't watch Mad Men.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Much as I'd like to, I find it hard to mock Ronaldo's Don Draper-esque hairdo today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil with his deft footwork in the box, but he can't free himself up enough to unloose a shot.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice attacking from Germany ends with a square ball from Mueller to Podolski, whose shot is fairly simple for Patricio. Very nifty attempt though.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Pepe at a 2/10 is far worse than the average person's 10/10.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Looks like we've got the brother of the Greece-Poland match ref today. That ball was clearly won.

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    Jason York: Germany has completed 45 of its first 51 passes.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Pepe anger scale: Level 2/10

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice spell of possession from Germany, which ends when Muller takes out Coentrao.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Those wads of paper have German tactical secrets written on them

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Definitely won't hear it here, Guest.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    I am at work missing this. I'll catch up on it tonight on ESPN3 at home. I hope nobody tells me the score before then!

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Schweinsteigger!!!!!!!!

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    Jason York: Germany did not go behind at any point in the qualification campaign, taking the lead in all 10 of its matches.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    And the role of Portugal manager is being played by Tony Danza today.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Or Peter Lorre.

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    [Comment from K2]
    Ozil actually looks more like Marty Feldman

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Now Pepe gets a taste of his own medicine and is brought down.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Schweinsteiger brings down Postiga and Portugal earns a free kick.

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    [Comment from Kei]
    Ozil is a dead ringer for Glenn Quagmire

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Neuer punches it away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Massive wads of paper now being hurled at the Portuguese at the corner flag.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Like every game so far this tournament, no apprehension in the start of this affair!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Coentrao on a long run through the middle but Hummels puts it behind.

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    Roger Bennett: Klose would have put that away etc.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gomez gets his head on an early cross but Patricio saves well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Everyone does not. I don't at least.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Does everyone think Germany will win this handedly?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And we're off!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He seems to have a knee thing of some sort bothering him.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yes.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Good decision to start Gomez or should they have gone with Klose?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Would it be too bad a joke to get a G'Day out of you?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hey, Jeff!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings from Gdansk everyone!

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Are you mocking "I'll Have Another"?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Because we may all be jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo's looks, skill and fame (or so he assumes and actually said at one point), but sing he cannot.

    So there's always that.

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    Roger Bennett: Portuguese national anthem as spritely as a trotting pony

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I feel it's important not to turn the mic passing by the players during the anthem up too loud.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    In my room in Lynchburg, Virginia

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Portugal seems to have already beaten Germany in terms of hair gel consumption

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    [Comment from Danegerous]
    On my iPad in Arena Lviv - Lviv, Ukraine

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    [Comment from Buffalo Bil]
    My basement in West Virginia.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Say what, DJ Cee?

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    Roger Bennett: Ronaldo been to Scottie Parker's barber

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    [Comment from DJ Cee]
    Ohhhh how I miss the Denis Bergkamp days for the germans and Marc Overmars days for the Dutch!!!

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Thanks for the advice Rog. I hope the pain of England's crashing defeat isn't too much to handle this go around.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    Lincoln, Nebraska!

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    I'm following from the offices of the largest U.S. Bank.... they're technically paying me for this.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    My wife thinks I'm tackling some work from the office but I'm in the study reading the blog. Couldn't get away w watching on tv

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    [Comment from Hoernerice]
    Esslingen a.N..East from Stuttgart. 48.742154,9.320498

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Alpharetta GA in my office, on my iPad using the WatchESPN app.

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    [Comment from Kaustubh]
    Minas Tirith, City of Kings.

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    Roger Bennett: Steve in North Carolina. Be careful on the tweed. You have permission to go Seersucker for the entire Euros (apart from England gamedays)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Let's play one of my favorite games: where are you all following this blog from? (The more covert and inappropriate, the better.)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'll take the over.

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    Over/Under: Pepe kicking 2 teammates in todays match?

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Steven should have invited me over... Men In Blazers... in North Carolina.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pleased that Michael Ballack is taller than Alexi Lalas. Because even though I'm almost 6-foot-3, Lalas is slightly taller than I am and I don't like that.

    Enemy's enemy and such.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That would be un-Dutch now, wouldn't it?

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    [Comment from DJ Cee]
    Really...those two RVP and Sneijder cant shelf their problems for th better of the team...Geez acting like children, and it will cost the Dutch!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'll leave it to the blazer-in-chief to respond to that one.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    I'm wearing my blazer, drinking Boddington's, and eating wafers. Looking forward to a great match. Germany wins 2-0.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sorry. You must be in a 1,000-mile radius of Tarrytown, NY.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    I thought I smelled something Leanderish

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Really excited to see some unnecessary outbursts of anger from Pepe today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But your computer likely would have exploded from all of the expletives.

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Leander, we've missed you, the Dutch would've won if you had been doing this morning's game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I saw those too. He's referring to their decades-long rivalry, dating back to their time on the youth national teams. Typical friction between two transcendent prodigies coming up in same generation. None of those LeBron-DWade-Bosh lovefest for the Dutch.

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    [Comment from Dwyane Wade Boggs]
    Put simpler: Germany 5, Holland 4 (with head-to-head over Portugal), Portugal 4, Denmark 3.

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    Roger Bennett: Interesting tweets from Simon Kuper about Van Persie and Sneijder's rivalry being at the core of Dutch dissapointment

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks, that's helpful.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Leander, just know that it's unlikely.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Goalkeeper: Patrício
    Defense: João Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrão
    Midfield: Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles
    Forwards: Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo

    This, then, really is a 4-3-3.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Here we are.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Am trying to find you the Portugal lineup here, folks. Bear with me.

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    Jason York: Speaking of math, ESPN's Soccer Power Index predictions for the match:

    Germany win: 45.2 pct
    Tie: 25.7 pct
    Portugal win: 29.1 pct

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I can't do that sort of math. I'm a sportswriter.

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    [Comment from Dwyane Wade Boggs]
    Easiest way for Holland to qualify: Germany/Portugal tie, then both beat Denmark. Holland ties Germany, beats Portugal. Doable!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ah, we've gotten into the many different descriptions for the exact same formation. Ok. Let's put it this way, two holding mids, a playmaker, two wingers and a striker.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Its a 4-2-3-1 With Khedira and Bastian holding in the midfield

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: What say you, eminent Dr. Bennett?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Looking like a 4-3-3 to me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Germans will play as follows:
    Goalkeeper: Neuer
    Defense (R to L): Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm
    Midfielder: Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller
    Forward: Ozil, Podolski, Gomez.

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    Roger Bennett: Hello gents. Here's my preview of the game... replete with a score prediction I wish I could revise after watching this morning's match http://espnfc.com/us/en/news/1090320/bennettportugal-v-germany-preview.html

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We have a Statsie -- we're in business.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Haikus galore!

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    Jason York: Hello everyone! Jason York from ESPN Stats and Information here for the fun as well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Contrary to the what is posted atop this page, I'll actually be guiding you through this game. Hope to have as much fun as we did at the World Cup!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Denmark delivered a huge shock earlier today, when they upset the Netherlands 1-0. If either of these two teams can win itself all three points here, it will be in the driver's seat in this, the Group of Death... DAM, DOM, DUUUUM.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks for joining us for tonight's highly-anticipated Portugal-Germany affair!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good afternoon, Everybody!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 12(4)

  • 12

  • 14

  • 56%

    44%

  • Portugal

  • 11(7)

  • 13

  • 19

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Portugal
12(4) Shots (on goal) 11(7)
14 Fouls 19
2 Corner kicks 11
1 Offsides 1
56% Time of Possession 44%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 2