Group Elimination B: Saturday, 9 June 2012 - Kharkiv - Metalist Stadium
Netherlands enters the tournament on a high note but, placed in what’s called the “Group Of Death” stage along with Netherlands in this stage is powerhouse Germany, Denmark there are no guarantees when it comes to the knock out stage.
The Dutch put together a nice run by winning 9 out of its 10 last matches (The only loss coming to Sweden) in a death match that had already been secured. Netherlands amassed an astounding 37 goals with an eye popping average of 3.5 per game. The Dutch team has a very aggressive attack being led by a talented group of mid fielders and strikers. Leading the way is striker Robin Van Persie who is most noted for scoring 4 goals last September in a blow out against San Marino. Along with Van Persie is winger Dirk Kuyt who is known for his tireless stamina and aerial ability. Holland is stacked with scorers having amassed 88 goals between Van Persie and Huntelaar leading the way. There high scoring attack has earned them the name ”The Brazil of the Euros.”
Danes enter the tournament coming out of a tough qualifying round against Iceland, Portugal and Norway. But, managed to win 6 out of 8 matches losing to Portugal who happened to qualify also for the finals will meet each other in the 2nd group game. Considering that they were in tough company, The Danes managed to score in every one of their qualifying game. That says a lot considering the competition they had. Led by center forward Niklas Bendtner and mid fielder Michael Krohn-Delhi lead a sound attack for the Danes. Defensively , Denmark is quite sound with just 6 conceded in their qualifying rounds.
Prediction: Netherlands 1-0
I like Netherlands in this one. The fact is Denmark will have an inexperience goal keeper to start this match and with the attack the Netherlands posses they will exploit the green thumb goalie. Though Netherlands is not noted for being a defensively sound team I still look for it to continue with their high scoring attack.
There is no other way to put it but, this shocking result has put the car among the pigeons. The Netherlands owned the game in terms of their possessions and had control of time but, they just could not close it out and put the ball through the net.
Super star striker Robin Van Persie will be well used to with Arsenal, had a number of chances to put the Dutch ahead but, to no avail. There was his fellow attackers who also had chances like Arjen Robben (who hit the post), Ibrahim Affelay and Wesley Sneijder did no better, as their failure to finish off the Danes had the predictable conclusion.
With 24 minutes played, The saavy attacker Michael Krohn-Dehli latched onto a loose ball in the Dutch box before firing through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg. Bert van Marwijk threw in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafa van der Vaart, but to no avail, as the Danes held on for a fantastic victory.
Back in Euro 1988, the Dutch also lost their opening game before ultimately winning the competition. However, if the Oranje are to do the same, they’ll need to start putting away their chances.
No one ever predicted Denmark to win to win their Euro 2012 opener against the Netherlands, and Netherlands had a long drought since beating the Dutch since 1967, but Michael Krohn-Dehli didn't seem to care.
It was the 24th minute, when Krohn-Dehli baited opposing centre-back Simon Kjaer to the right before juking left and found a one-on-one opportunity with Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
It was an opportunity Krohn-Dehli took full advantage of, scoring a beautiful strike of a goal straight through Stekelenburg's legs. Denmark can celebrate this great victory in fashion with the help of stud striker Michael Kron.
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