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The ex-player turned director of the Portuguese Football Federation conceded that anxiety is growing in the squad ahead of their opening game of Euro 2012

Former Portugal star Joao Pinto believes that securing a point against Germany would do no harm to the Seleccao's cause.

Paulo Bento's men face a tough task in getting out of Group B, which also includes the World Cup 2010 runners up Holland and Germany, who also made the semi-finals in that competition.

Therefore, Pinto suggested that although winning the game would be ideal, a draw would still leave the side with a good chance of advancing to the quarter-finals.
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"The best result is always the victory, but a draw would leave everything open, he told Abola.

"You can only say that a draw was a good result after the game, but a draw with Germany is never a bad thing."

The 40-year-old then admitted that the mood in the camp is a nervous one, especially now that the competition is under way.

"The players are well, though a bit anxious," he added. Anxiety is natural and increases now that the Euros have begun."