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Mario's joy, Arjen's woe

Gomez seals German win but Dutch downed

There were mixed fortunes for the Bayern stars in action on the second day of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, as striker Mario Gomez and keeper Manuel Neuer ensured Germany made a winning start to the tournament, but Arjen Robben was denied by the post and poor fortune as the Netherlands fell to a shock defeat against unfancied Denmark.

Germany boss Joachim Löw picked seven FCB players in his starting line-up, although the 30,000 crowd in Lviv in the Ukraine saw the three-time European champions struggle for rhythm throughout the match against a determined and disciplined Portugal side, who were twice denied by the woodwork and could consider themselves slightly unlucky not to come away with a draw. As it was, Gomez’ superb second-half header ultimately separated the sides.

Gomez preferred to Klose

“I thought to myself: you'll get one more chance, and that's exactly what happened. The cross was deflected and landed right on my forehead, so it wasn't especially difficult," said a clearly delighted Gomez, who defied media reports beforehand and got the nod ahead of experienced birthday boy Miroslav Klose. Apart from Gomez and Neuer, Munich men Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller started the match, with Toni Kroos coming on as a late substitute.