Germany Vs. Portugal, Euro 2012: Mario Gomez Opens Scoring

Finally! Germany hadn't been doing anything at all for the past 20 minutes or so, but they've got a breakthrough now. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller combine on the right, and the ball eventually finds its way to Sami Khedira, who hits a decent cross into the Portugal box. It takes an unlucky (for one team, anyway) deflection and ends up being met by Mario Gomez's head. He doesn't miss, which I have to admit was a major surprise -- instead the effort is superbly placed into the bottom corner, leaving Rui Patricio with no chance whatsoever.

So it's 1-0 Germany and it turns out that Joachim Loew didn't need to substitute everyone all at once and that we might have been overreacting a little bit. Now that they've got a goal, Germany might be able to play a little bit of football and put this match to bed. We shall see.

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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