Reactions – Germany vs. Portugal

Mario Gomez, Germany (striker):”I’ve come a very long way to get to this point. I’m very happy that the coach gave me the nod. I simply wanted to repay him.”

Jogi Löw, Germany (coach): ”The European Championship is like a Formula 1 race without the warm-up. You have to make a good start and get off the grid” straight away; there are no easy games. You have to win your first match and we did. Both teams were quite tense, especially after the Denmark v Netherlands game as for the loser it means knock-out competition from here on in.”

Paulo Bento, Portugal (coach): ”When Germany scored I thought we had the game under control, we were well-positioned defensively, they were a little lucky – it was an unhappy goal to concede for us.

The players didn’t lose their identity after the goal, they continued to play in our style and they were able to create dangerous openings – we could’ve evened the game, but that’s the way it goes.”

Ronaldo, Portugal (midfielder): “We got off to a good start, especially in the second half, then Germany had one chance and they scored. We are a bit sad because after two shots that hit the bar and two other good chances, we still were not able to score, so it is obvious that we have to be sad.

But our ambition is still the same, we have to win the next two matches and try to go all the way. If we play like this against Denmark and Germany, I think that we have all the conditions to defeat anyone.”

Manuel Neuer, Germany (goalkeeper): ”It does not matter who plays at the back. The players on the pitch did their job. Especially Mats Hummels had some clearances in important situations when he headed the ball away. It was close one or two times – and he was pretty solid.”

Lukas Podolski, Germany (left winger): ”If you look at the Portuguese you cannot say that it is a bad opponent. We have room to improve but the victory was very important, especially after Holland has lost surprisingly against Denmark.”

Fabio Coentrao, Portugal (left back): I am sad, but in the midst of all this sadness there is something positive, because we showed a very good attitude. Now we will have to keep this up to defeat Denmark on Wednesday.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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