Portugal left it very late, but eventually scored the winner to grab a much-needed victory over Denmark in Lviv to grab their first points of Euro 2012 and give themselves a fighting chance of qualifying into the knockout rounds. They looked to be heading for a comfortable win in the first period after strikes from Pepe and Helder Postiga gave them a two-goal cushion. Denmark, however, were in no mood to leave without a point to show for their efforts, and incredibly scored twice on either side of halftime through Nicklas Bendtner to bring the score back on level terms. While Cristiano Ronaldo squandered a number of great chances for Portugal, it was substitute Silvestre Varela who turned hero for the night, hitting a screamer in the 87th minute to give Portugal a 3-2 win and as a result all three points, in turn helping them join Denmark and Germany on top of Group B.
Denmark manager Morten Olsen kept an unchanged side from their first fixture of the tournament, and understandably so after their impressive victory against the mighty Dutch. Nicklas Bendtner led the line on his own again for the Danes, with highly-rated starlet Christian Eriksen, Dennis Rommedahl and goalscorer from the previous game Michael Krohn-Dehli forming the supply line for the Arsenal man. Niki Zimling and William Kvist formed the partnership in the centre of midfield, with Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer playing in tandem behind them at centre-half. Simon Poulsen and Lars Jacobsen flanked them on the wings, with Stephan Anderson rewarded for his clean sheet against Netherlands with another start ahead of Anders Lindegaard and Kasper Schmeichel.