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.

Denmark 1 Netherlands 0 – Dutch facing early Euro 2012 exit

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June 9th, 2012

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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.

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