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1 July, Kiev
In 1996, Germany defeated the Czech Republic in the final of these Championships to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy. Sixteen years later, that triumph will be repeated in a close victory over group-mates Portugal.
Both teams will be boosted by excellent semifinal victories. Both will be in excellent form.
This will be a much different game to that in Lviv that will be some 22 days ago come the day of the final.
Portugal, of course spearheaded by Ronaldo, will rely on him and the creative impetus of the midfield unit, plus the contributions of substitutes like Silvestre Varela, to attempt to break the German defense—who have been mostly excellent but have shown flashes of vulnerability.
They will, however, come undone against the excellent creative and incisive work of Podolski, Thomas Mueller and Ozil in midfield, as well as the substantial efforts in central midfield of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira.
Mario Gomez will cap his excellent tournament by scoring once, if not twice, more than likely winning the Golden Boot in the process.
In an exciting, nail-biting clash, Portugal will fall at the final hurdle just as they did in home territory some eight years ago.
Germany, who fell at this stage last time around to Spain at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, will go one better and bring the trophy back home for the first time since 1996.
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