LVIV, Ukraine (AFP) – Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 in their Euro 2012 Group B clash here on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
A stunning goal by substitute Silvestre Varela three minutes from time saw the 2004 finalists take the points after they had let slip a 2-0 lead as Danish striker Nicklas Bentdner drew the Danes level with two headers.
Goals from Pepe – with a superb header – and Helder Postiga, with his 20th goal for his country, had given the Portuguese a perfect start.
However, a series of terrible misses by their star player Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to prove very costly until Varela stepped up to save them just three minutes after coming on.
The win puts Portugal level on points with Denmark, who beat the Dutch in their opening game, while Germany top the table and take on Holland later on Wednesday.