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The duo helped Joachim Low's side to keep a clean sheet and contain Cristiano Ronaldo as they secured a 1-0 win in their opening fixture of Euro 2012

Germany defenders Philipp Lahm and Jerome Boateng were both delighted that they were able to help keep a clean sheet as their side defeated Portugal 1-0 in their opening game of Euro 2012.

A second-half header from Mario Gomez was enough to give Joachim Low's men a vital victory as they moved joint-top of Group B alongside Denmark.

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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!" Lahm told reporters. "We controlled the match in the first-half, and Portugal had only one chance from Pepe."

Portugal improved after the break, with Nani's cross-shot hitting the bar and Silvestre Varela drawing a fine save from Manuel Neuer, and the Bayern Munich skipper credited Germany's teamwork with helping them grab the win.

"During the second-half we had problems, especially at the end. But that happens. It is all about the team. We know that and we showed that today," the 28-year-old added.

Despite enjoying a prolific season at club level, Ronaldo's impact was limited thanks in part to a fine German defensive display, and Jerome Boateng was quick to praise the efforts of his teammates.

"Everybody knows his [Ronaldo's] class," said the ex-Manchester City defender. "We managed to keep him quiet as a team. The whole team worked very hard offensively and defensively."

Germany's next Euro 2012 game is against Netherlands on Wednesday at 20:45CET.


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