Jun 13, 2012 11:52 AM EDT
UPDATE: Portugal 3 - 2 Denmark
Euro 2012 continues Wednesday with Denmark vs. Portugal set to kick off at 12 p.m. EST. Portugal have immediately been thrust into a must-win situation following their defeat against Germany in their opening game; making this an intriguing match up. The game can be watched live on ESPN or through live streaming (details below).
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Defeat again today for Portugal would spell their elimination from the tournament and would make them the first casualties of the tournament so far. Most would say Portugal are strong favorites for this game, however Denmark have proven themselves a bogey team for the Portuguese in recent years. The two teams know each other well and Denmark in fact finished ahead of their rivals in qualifying for both Euro 2012 and the World Cup in 2010.
If this is a must-win game for Portugal, Denmark are oppositely on a high following their shock victory against the highly favored Dutch team in their opening game. The Netherlands were one of the favorites for the tournament, and considering Group B is arguably the toughest in the group stages of Euro 2012, Denmark were expected to be the whipping boys of the group by many. However, Denmark have immediately imposed themselves on the group as a force to be reckoned with, and they will be looking to continue their good run with a victory over the Portuguese today.
Denmark will be looking to at least claim a draw today, as their good start could easily turn around if they lose today. They face Germany in their final group game and even though they have already upset the Dutch, the Netherlands are known for their inconsistency in major tournaments. Germany on the other hand are efficient and almost always deliver on the big stage.
Should Denmark win today then they would have one foot in the quarter finals. However, Portugal and star player Cristiano Ronaldo will have other thoughts and will be looking to emulate the Czech Republic, who despite losing their first game, won their second game yesterday and now look confident in making it out of the group stages.
The action between Denmark and Portugal kicks off at 12 p.m. EST and can be watched live on ESPN or through live online streaming through ESPN3 by clicking HERE.
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