Denmark 1 Netherlands 0 – Dutch facing early Euro 2012 exit
The Netherlands were left ruing a series of missed opportunities in Kharkiv on Saturday evening, with Denmark winning 1-0 and meaning that Holland are likely to need at least one point from Wednesday’s clash with Germany to avoid crashing out of Euro 2012.
June 9th, 2012
Bert van Marwijk’s side only have themselves to blame, although perhaps the referee should have awarded them a penalty in the dying embers of the match when a blatant handball wasn’t spotted by the referee.
This wasn’t a totally one-sided affair and Denmark looked really neat on the ball throughout the contest, with Michael Krohn-Dehli the hero of the hour after the Brondby forward sold the entire Netherlands defence a dummy before slotting the ball between the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg in the first half.
Robin van Persie had a poor match for the Netherlands and was particularly culpable when failing to control the ball with the goalmouth at his mercy and his narrow angle meant a shot was saved in the first half.
Nigel de Jong was sacrificed in the second half as the Dutch attacked in numbers although Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were unable to provide a great deal more penetration, with the Danes now needing to beat Portugal on Wednesday to reach the quarter finals.