Germany looking for opening game win at Euro 2012

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PortugalThe second game of Group B sees Portugal face two time champions Germany who qualified for Euro 2012 with a perfect 10 wins in 10 record. The teams are meeting for the 17th time. Germany (11/10 to win the match) has won eight of 16, Portugal just three. Their last encounter came in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, when Germany won 3-2.

Portugal, led by £80m Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, are consistently inconsistent and appear to lack the required depth of talent required outside of their wing positions. The Portuguese (14/5 to win the match) slipped from fifth to 10th in Fifa's latest rankings, a fair reflection of their unpredictability. They face a German side in the Ukraine this evening who have won 11 competitive matches in a row.

Portugal (8/5 to score first) have only won one of their past six matches. They might seek solace in two friendly defeats for Germany this year (against France and Switzerland) - yet Paulo Bento's men have suffered two goalless draws (against Poland and Macedonia) in 2012 before losing 3-1 to Turkey, a team Germany (8/13 to score first) beat twice in qualifying, in their final Euro warm-up.

Miroslav Klose (6/1 First Goal Scorer), who is 34 today, has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances for Germany, and is just five shy of Gerd Muller's national record. The Germans are unbeaten in all 10 previous opening matches at Euro final tournaments (5 wins, 5 draws). Germany won all 10 of their Euro 2012 qualifying matches, outscoring their opponents 34-7.

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