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Germany Vs. Portugal, Euro 2012: Pepe Hits Crossbar

And suddenly the game gets a lot less boring. Another Portugal counterattack requires Holger Badstuber to clear Joao Pereira's cross for a corner kick, and the Germans make a complete mess of their marking. The ball gets loose and eventally falls to the feet of Real Madrid defender Pepe, and, scowling, he rips a shot towards the top corner. Manuel Neuer is well and truly beaten, but the ball ricochets off the bottom of the crossbar, bounces off the post, onto the goalline, and is eventually hacked to safety. Yikes.

Unlike Frank Lampard's effort in 2010, this definitely wasn't a goal, although Portugal did their best to pretend as though they were sure. it's a good warning for Germany right before halftime though. They need to pick up their game or they could waste a huge opportunity to cement their status as Group B favourites in this match. Still 0-0 here.

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