Posted June 06, 2012 on AP on Fox
Portugal is getting a name as the team that can't shoot straight. The Portuguese have found the net just once in their last three games as they conceded 0-0 draws against Poland and Macedonia and lost 3-1 at home against Turkey in a miserable run of exhibition matches. The problem: there's no top-flight striker to harvest the fluid build-up by the talented Portuguese midfield. The Portuguese have no one who can match the clinical finishing of German forwards Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, who they face on Saturday in their Group B opener at the European Championship. But central defender Bruno Alves says he isn't rattled by Germany's firepower. He said Wednesday ''we've got quality players and I expect us to hit the net'' in Lviv, Ukraine.

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Miroslav Klose's remarkable rise from a provincial German club to the second most prolific scorer in World Cup history is a tale that may never be matched. Klose made his debut for Germany in 2001 without ever having played for any of its junior teams, something that is unlikely to happen again because prospects these days are honed through youth academies and groomed in camps...

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