Germany 2 Netherlands 1 – Mario Gomez at the double
Germany are on the verge of reaching the Euro 2012 quarter finals after a fine win over the Netherlands which saw Joachim Low’s team dominate for most of the encounter in Kharkiv.
June 13th, 2012
The Dutch enjoyed a bright start to the match and could have taken the lead had Robin van Persie managed to find either side of Manuel Neuer, although their opponents quickly asserted authority thanks to slick movement and passing.
Mesut Ozil was again an impressive performer, with Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger controlling the midfield and it was the latter that found his Bayern Munich team-mate for the opening goal. Mario Gomez made no mistake from ten yards after being put clean through.
The Netherlands morale was clearly dented by the opener and the lead doubled shortly before half-time when the same combination of Schweinsteiger and Gomez combined to deadly effect. It means that the latter is now joint-top scorer for Euro 2012 along with Alan Dzagoev.
Bert van Marwijk was forced into changes at half-time, with Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar introduced and Holland did look brighter moving forward, although there was always the threat of being hit on the counter-attack.
Robin van Persie made up for missed chances by firing home from outside the area, although his team were unable to mount a comeback and Germany closed the game out comfortably enough.