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Germany and Portugal Go Through

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart Scores First But Holland Finish Last (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group B
Portugal vs Holland
Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv.

With too many possibilities depending on who does what in which game, it’s best to see how things develop in Kharkiv and Lviv on parallel lines.

Any team could still qualify for the quarter-finals and any team could be on the plane home.

The World United Through Football Portugal 0 –  Holland 1
Recalled as captain, Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart put Holland ahead after just eleven minutes. Arjen Robben did the work on the right side and laid the ball off to Van der Vaart, who calmly curled the ball into the net with his left foot.

If the Denmark vs Germany match remained a draw, a win wouldn’t help Holland; the Dutch and Portuguese would be packing their bags.

Holland needed to win by at least two goals to stand a chance of doing anything.

The World United Through Football Denmark 0 – Germany 1 in Lviv (19 mins).
Podolski capped his 100th appearance with a goal; latching on to a cut-back.

The World United Through Football Denmark 1 – Germany 1 in Lviv (24 mins).
Michael Krohn-Dehli, who scored against Holland earlier in the tournament, headed Denmark back on level terms.

The World United Through Football Portugal 1 –  Holland 1 (28 mins)
It took a while but Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored for Portugal in this tournament. Joao Pereira sent the Portuguese captain through and Ronaldo held off Ron Vlaar.

A draw in both games would see Portugal join Germany in the quarter-finals.

Half-time:
Portugal 1 –  Holland 1 in Kharkiv.
Denmark 1 – Germany 1 in Lviv.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo Double Sees Portugal Through (Photo: Wikipedia)

Holland hardly seemed in the game during the second-half; except for Maarten Stekelenburg, who continued to deny the Portuguese the insurance policy they so badly desired.

If Denmark were to score, Portugal would be out.

If Portugal and Denmark were to score, Germany would be out. All so tight with just over 15 minutes to go.

Then the goal that almost surely secured Holland’s elimination.

The World United Through Football Portugal 2 –  Holland 1 (74 mins)
Portugal broke from deep, then a beautifully weighted pass from Nani to Ronaldo; who stopped the ball with his left foot and waited for the defenders to lose balance and see how the goalkeeper would move; then picked his spot.

The World United Through Football Denmark 1 – Germany 2 in Lviv (80 mins).
Lars Bender’s goal, with ten minutes left, must secure Germany’s advance to the quarter-finals as group winners.

Van der Vaart hit the post with seven minutes to go; not enough time for three more goals surely.

Ronaldo was denied a hattrick by the post, just before the game moved into injury time.

Final Scores

Portugal 2 –  Holland 1
Denmark 1 – Germany 2

Teams

Travel to Portugal Portugal
12-Rui Patricio; 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fábio Coentrão, 21-Joao Pereira; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-João Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles; 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 23-Hélder Postiga, 17-Nani.

Travel to Holland Holland
1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 4-Joris Mathijsen, 13-Ron Vlaar, 15-Jetro Willems, 2-Gregory Van Der Wiel; 23-Rafael Van der Vaart, 8-Nigel De Jong, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 16-Robin Van Persie.

Denmark vs Germany – Ukrayina Stadion, Lviv.

Travel to Denmark Denmark
1-Stephan Andersen; 4-Daniel Agger, 3-Simon Kjaer, 5-Simon Poulsen, 6-Lars Jacobsen; 21-Niki Zimling, 19-Jakob Poulsen, 7-William Kvist, 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli, 8-Christian Eriksen; 11-Nicklas Bendtner.

Travel to Germany Germany
1-Manuel Neuer; 14-Holger Badstuber, 5-Mats Hummels, 16-Philipp Lahm, 15-Lars Bender; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 6-Sami Khedira, 10-Lukas Podolski, 13-Thomas Müller; 23-Mario Gomez, 8-Mesut Özil.

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June 17, 2012 - Posted by | Denmark, Euro 2012, Germany, Holland, Match Reports, Portugal | , , , , , ,

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