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June 9, 2012 7:45 PM BST
L'viv Arena — L'viv
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 32990‎
 
72′ Mario Gomez
 
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Germany 1-0 Portugal

Goal.com assesses the individuals on show as die Mannschaft started their Group B campaign with a narrow victory over the Seleccao

By Clark Whitney in Lviv

  • Manuel Neuer
    487
    63
    3.00

    Manuel Neuer

    Saw very little action between the posts in the first half as he served as more of an outfielder than a goalkeeper. Was forced to make one one-on-one save at the death and did brilliantly.

  • Mats Hummels
    758
    33
    3.50

    Mats Hummels

    Given a starting berth despite his recent nightmare against Switzerland, and repaid Low's trust with a vastly improved performance. Made several vital interventions and never let Postiga get a sniff at goal.

  • Holger Badstuber
    258
    102
    2.50

    Holger Badstuber

    The only German centre-back assured of his starting berth heading into tonight's game, but didn't always play like it. Let Coentrao run past him early and was booked after letting Nani do the same.

  • Philipp Lahm
    282
    114
    3.00

    Philipp Lahm

    Had a successful night in defending against Nani, and when needed, even helped out against Ronaldo at times. A captain's performance.

  • Jerome Boateng
    339
    64
    3.00

    Jerome Boateng

    Made two excellent stops to deny Ronaldo, and it was arguably his efforts that kept the prolific forward off the score sheet. The Bayern man was booked for a professional foul and was not always in position, but he did what was necessary.

  • Sami Khedira
    444
    68
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Performed well within his sphere of influence: did what he could and tried no more. And when the time came, he set up Gomez's winner. Many aspiring footballers could learn a valuable lesson from him.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    581
    214
    3.50

    Bastian Schweinsteiger Top of the Match

    Commanded the midfield brilliantly alongside Khedira. Rarely let a pass go astray, and was strong in the challenge. He was the primary reason for Germany's midfield dominance.

  • Mesut Özil
    678
    100
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Sprayed the ball around the attacking third with a touch of class and ought to have had an assist by half-time. However, his limitations were exposed as Germany could have used more of a scorer from his position.

  • Lukas Podolski
    227
    221
    2.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Arsenal's new star signing frequently found himself inside the penalty box, but his finishing left much to be desired. Had plenty of free space on the half-hour mark, but sent his shot well over the bar.

  • Thomas Müller
    245
    126
    3.00

    Thomas Müller

    Not at his sharpest - he lacked the lethal instinct that made him such a hit at the 2010 World Cup. Misplaced many passes and over-hit several crosses.

  • Mario Gomez
    444
    97
    3.50

    Mario Gomez

    Started the game brightly as he score a fine - albeit disallowed - goal, and had a good header saved. Only looked an intermittent threat, but never stopped working and was rewarded when he scored the winner.

Substitutions

  • Lars Bender
    130
    41

    Lars Bender

    Came in during injury time to shore up the German defence.

  • Toni Kroos
    151
    48

    Toni Kroos

    Replaced Ozil for the final four minutes.

  • Miroslav Klose
    240
    42

    Miroslav Klose

    Snubbed from the start, the veteran was a late substitution, replacing Gomez.

  • Rui Patricio
    98
    59
    3.00

    Rui Patricio

    Like Neuer, had ultimately little work to do between the posts. Beaten once, but cannot be faulted: he left Gomez with a small area to target, but the striker succeeded.

  • Bruno Alves
    80
    71
    3.00

    Bruno Alves

    Made a key interception before half-time and was generally effective, but nearly cost his side a second goal as Gomez slipped behind him. Had a chance to equalise at the death, but his header missed over the bar.

  • Pepe
    226
    113
    3.50

    Pepe

    Strong, aggressive, unyielding: the Brazil-native's best qualities suited tonight's game very well and he lived up to his reputation as a quality defender. All that, and he was extremely unlucky not to score as his shot bounced off underside of the crossbar. Loses credit, however, for letting Gomez peel away for the goal.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    341
    78
    3.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    The left-back first made himself known to the world with his fine performances in a Portugal shirt, and tonight's match was just another example. A dynamic presence at both ends of the pitch, he did enough in defence and often got forward. His enthusiasm in the tackle could cost him later in the tournament, however, as he earned an unnecessary booking.

  • João Pereira
    45
    112
    2.50

    João Pereira

    Perhaps not accustomed to a winger cutting inside him, the right-back left Podolski with space on too many occasions, and was fortunate not to have been embarrassed.

  • Miguel Veloso
    76
    75
    3.00

    Miguel Veloso

    As Portugal's main "destroyer," the Genoa man found his niche in stopping Germany through the middle and used his tactical know-how to great effect.

  • Joao Moutinho
    53
    101
    2.50

    Joao Moutinho

    Failed to figure out a way to influence the game. His play with the ball was limited, and Portugal could have done with more creativity from his position.

  • Raúl Meireles
    127
    87
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Fresh off his Champions League final victory with Chelsea, he was one of Portugal's few bright spots in midfield. Showed his talents in possession when the game stretched, and defended well.

  • Nani
    178
    438
    2.00

    Nani Flop of the Match

    There were questions over his fitness heading into tonight's game, and by full-time it was clear that the Manchester United winger was not at 100 per cent. Had no telling moments in attack, and was far, far from effective in his dribbling. Hit the woodwork late with a cross, but had he scored it would have been the kindest bit of luck he'll ever receive

  • C. Ronaldo
    376
    480
    2.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Often invited to run to the byeline rather than into the middle, the Real Madrid star struggled as he was forced to feed his team-mates rather than go for goal himself. Played one or two good crosses, but too often was loose in his pass.

  • Hélder Postiga
    48
    198
    2.00

    Hélder Postiga

    It speaks poorly for a striker when his best moment of a match is in defence, but for the Zaragoza man, his poor tackle on Neuer is the incident that most stuck out. Had absolutely no joy in the centre of attack.

Substitutions

  • Nélson Oliveira
    72
    91
    2.50

    Nélson Oliveira

    Came on for Postiga for the final 21 minutes and had no more luck than his predecessor.

  • Silvestre Varela
    67
    123

    Silvestre Varela

    Came on for Raul Meireles for the final 10 minutes. Could have scored a late equaliser, but his finish was poor and duly saved.

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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
3 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 0
Mario Gomez Mario Gomez
Striker
Fiorentina
3 0
Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli
Striker
Milan
3 0
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
3 0