Gomez happy to repay Germany faith after scoring Portugal winner

The striker is delighted with his contribution in die Mannschaft's Euro 2012 opener on Saturday and says he had a good feeling about their match with the Seleccao
Mario Gomez has spoken of his pride after scoring the winning goal to help Germany defeat Portugal 1-0 in their opening match of the European Championship on Saturday.

The Bayern Munich star popped up in the second half to break his unhappy record of having never scored in a major tournament, ensuring that the Nationalelf capitalised on Netherlands' earlier defeat to Denmark.

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After the match, Gomez could not hide his joy at being given the opportunity to prove his worth by being entrusted with leading his country's line ahead of striking rival Miroslav Klose.

"It was a long way to get here, but I am happy that the coach trusted me today and from the beginning I had a good feeling," he told reporters.

"Since I joined up with the national team, I've been feeling positive. I knew when Miro [Klose] was benched, that he would come for the last minutes, so there was no surprise [when he stood there to be substituted]."

Meanwhile, midfielder Sami Khedira was pleased that Germany rose to the occasion, but took on board the initial difficulties that they encountered due to Portugal's resolute organisation at the back.

"It was an immensely important game. It was very difficult and we had to work very hard. Portugal were very well-prepared," he stated.

"All opponents know our style after those two years, so we have to play with more concentration."

Germany's next game is against Oranje on June 13 at 20:45CET.