Germany Vs. Portugal, Euro 2012: Portugal Holding Their Own So Far

That Portugal corner did roughly nothing, in case you were wondering. Don't expect too much from them in terms of non-direct set pieces - the Germany centre back tandem of Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber makes the Portuguese look like a gaggle of midgets. They're looking ok in open play, though, giving as good as they've got so far. It's just difficult to see anyone but Cristiano Ronaldo troubling Manuel Neuer in the Germany goal. Maybe Nani will show up.

Germany, meanwhile, are playing very slowly right now, seemingly inviting pressure from their opponents and then skipping away to make yet another safe, conservative pass, waiting for the perfect moment. Eventually it comes, and a slick passage of play leads to a first-time cross by Thomas Mueller. Lucas Podolski's shot, however, is straight at Rui Patricio and the chance is gone.

We have live coverage of the game in our Germany vs. Portugal, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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