Saturday June 9, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Metalist Stadium

Netherlands 0 - 1 Denmark

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  1. Denmark stun wasteful Dutch

    Denmark stun wasteful Dutch

    Denmark blew Euro 2012's Group of Death wide open courtesy of Michael Krohn-Dehli's goal in an astonishing 1-0 win over the Netherlands. More

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    Time:90'
    • Netherlands
    • Denmark
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Denmark. A huge upset. The Netherlands pay dearly for their profligacy.
    • 90+1' Denmark get out of jail with Jacobsen handling in the box. That was a huge moment. Goes against the Dutch.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' The Dutch look out on their feet here. Can they rescue an equaliser from somewhere. They have a corner.
    • 87' Huntelaar claims a handball against Jacobsen in the box, but the referee says no. Big moment there.
    • 86' Kjaer just wins the ball with ease from Sneijder. Denmark looking stronger the longer this goes. Dutch seem to have run out of ideas here.
    • 85' The Dtuch make their final change of the evening as Kuyt takes over from Van der Wiel. All or nothing now for the Netherlands.
    • 84' A change for Denmark as Mikkelsen replaces Rommedahl.
    • 83' Kvist has been booked for handling the ball on the ground. Humid conditions, but it is the Dutch who are feeling the heat in Kharkiv.
    • 82' Sneijder looking for Van Persie, but overcooks the cross. Denmark inching towards the win as Andersen launches a goalkick down the park.
    • 81' Poulsen has been booked for a spot of time-wasting.
    • 80' The Netherlands smashed 37 goals past their opponents during the qualifiers - more than any other side - but have failed to score with 28 shots at goal this evening.
    • 79' Robben chooses the wrong ball as he goes for goal rather than try to pick out a team-mate. Over the bar. Into the final 10 minutes and the Dutch no nearer an equaliser.
    • 78' Sneijder throws the ball into the middle, but Agger is on hand to head clear from the middle of the Danish defence.
    • 77' Denmark have only won six of 28 previous internationals against the Netherlands, and haven’t beaten the Dutch in a competitive game (excluding penalties) since 1967.
    • 76' Van der Wiel's cross falls behind for a corner, but Andersen is out to palm the ball away from Van der Vaart's delivery.
    • 75' Andersen off his line to save at the feet of Huntelaar. Brilliant and brave stop. Excellent ball by Sneijder. Danes survive another Dutch attack.
    • 74' Change for the Danish side this time as Schone replaces Eriksen.
    • 73' Van der Vaart drills a shot at goal. Over the bar and another chance goes astray for the Dutch side.
    • 72' Fine run and cross by Van der Vaart, but nobody reading his intentions as the cross evades everybody.
    • 71' Eriksen brings down Van der Vaart as the Dutch try to find a way through this Danish defence.
    • 70' Changes then finally come for the Dutch. De Jong and Afellay depart to be replaced by Huntelaar and Van der Vaart.
    • 69' Stekelenburg dives to keep out the shot by Krohn-Dehli. Fine stop as the Danes look to find a killer second goal.
    • 68' Bendtner gives the ball away needlessly with Rommedahl on the charge. Agger and Kjaer have mopped up everything that has been thrown at them.
    • 67' The Dutch fans can't really be enjoying this. Truly awful evening for them. The Dutch bench is ready and waiting to come on.
    • 66' Kvist is chopped to the deck by Van Bommel, who has been booked for that late, crunching tackle. All getting a bit frustrating for the Dutch.
    • 65' Surely has to be a change coming here for the Netherlands. Can't really persevere with this for much longer. All getting a bit silly.
    • 64' "Chance after chance after chance for the Dutch but still they trail 1-0. Getting a bit silly now to be honest." says Eurosport's Tom Adams on Twitter. Ain't that the truth. Getting silly and serious for the Dutch. Not good when your next opponents are Portugal and Germany. Follow Tom Adams in the Ukraine with the Dutch and England
    • 63' Robben rises to head at goal, but heads wide. Another chance for the Dutch to find the equaliser, but not taken. 22 attempts at goal. This is astonishing really.
    • 62' Sneijder with a free-kick out wide into the middle, but the offside flag goes up against an orange shirt and the Danes can clear.
    • 61' In comes the ball from Sneijder, out comes Andersen to collect and another chance for the Dutch bites the dust.
    • 60' Kjaer does well to hold up Van Persie. A corner for the Dutch to be taken by Sneijder.
    • 59' Sneijder goes for goal, but Kjaer is there to make the block before Van Bommel lifts the ball out of play. On we go. The hour mark and Denmark hold this 1-0 lead.
    • 58' Kvist brings down Sneijder and the Netherlands will have a free-kick chance here. 25 yards from goal.
    • 57' The Dutch with almost 60 percent of possession in this match. Dirk Kuyt getting ready to come on for the Netherlands.
    • 56' Netherlands have won their last four European Championship group games, and seven of their last nine. That record could be under threat this evening.
    • 55' Poulsen causing problems for the Dutch with a nice run and cross, but no finish. That Dutch defence hasn't looked overly convincing this evening.
    • 54' Heitinga leaps in the area, but heads over the bar from close range. Great jump, but finish not so good.
    • 53' The Netherlands win a corner. Poulsen back to block a cross from Van Bommel. The Orange shirts pile forward.
    • 52' Afellay sees a shot scramble wide of goal seconds later. 19 attempts at goal from the Dutch, but no goal so far. Surely has to come.
    • 51' Brilliant hit by Van Bommel, but Andersen dives to claw out the 30 yarder. Excellent stop by the Danish goalkeeper.
    • 50' Van Persie again dashes into the Danish box. Throws his right foot at the ball, but Andersen is up to the task as he dives to hold the ball.
    • 49' Sneijder plays in Van Persie, but he rushes at the shot, fails to connect and the chance is lost. These Dutch chances continue to come and go.
    • 48' Robben sees an effort deflect off Krohn-Dehli and fly over the bar. Van Persie fails to get on the end of a corner and Denmark will have possession.
    • 47' Kjaer forced to smash the ball clear after some neat passing movements involving Sneijder and Van Persie in the box.
    • 46' Denmark get the second half off and running.
    • - Remember we have a LIVE Euro 2012 chat which is happening as we speak. As the tournament gathers haste, Eurosport viewers worldwide will be given the opportunity to pitch their questions to the Netherlands most prolific goal scorer, Patrick Kluivert and Euro '96 winner, Freddie Bobic of Germany. The pair will be casting their expert opinions over today's Group B fixtures as well as answering your questions during this match. Click here to get your questions in now....
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. Denmark lead 1-0 in Kharkiv. Work to be done for the World Cup finalists in the second period.
    • 44' One minute added to the first half.
    • 43' Ball breaks off Bendtner in the Dutch box. Straight into the arms of Stekelenburg. More hesitant defending in the Dutch box. Poor stuff really.
    • 42' The Dutch pass up another chance to snare the opening goal as Anderson blocks the shot by Van Persie. All very wasteful so far. Fine goalkeeping to come off his line.
    • 41' Krohn-Delhi sees a shot from 20 yards saved by Stekelenburg. Denmark again showing that they possess dangers moving forward.
    • 40' The Danes will be happy to get into the dressing room holding this 1-0 lead, but they continue to look dangerous on the break.
    • 39' A bit of a Mexican wave begins around the ground. A ground that has plenty of empty spaces. Heitinga forced to clear the volley by Zimling. Danes almost in for a second.
    • 38' Afellay whacks an effort over the bar from outside the area after leaving Agger for dead. How many chances do the Dutch want to find a goal? Should really be level by now.
    • 37' Denmark have never lost a European Championship finals game when scoring first, winning five of nine of these games.
    • 36' Dutch now with 10 shots at goal compared to three by Denmark, but it is the Danes who have the lead as we approach the final 10 minuts of the half.
    • 35' Goalkeeper Andersen passed the ball straight to Robben. What an error that was! A huge let-off for the Danish side.
    • 34' The Danes seeing a lot more of the ball before they give the ball away. Robben cracks a shot off a post. So unfortunate with Andersen beaten.
    • 33' Willems forced to make a timely clearance from inside his own box as the Danes seek out a second goal.
    • 32' Willems manages to get a touch on Rommedahl's cross. Ball breaks into the arms of Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal.
    • 31' Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk won't be pressing the panic button so far, but he will be a bit concerned about the lack of a cutting edge.
    • 30' Afellay off getting a bit of treatment here before returning to the action. Still a bit of a subdued feeling in the stadium so far.
    • 29' Vlaar heads wide of goal from Robben's corner. Superb delivery, but the Dutch defender just failed to get the proper connection on the ball.
    • 28' The Dutch have looked a class apart, but they are not having much luck out there with Simon Poulsen appearing to handle the ball in the box. That could have been a penalty, but referee says no.
    • 27' Bit of info on Jetro Willems, who becomes the youngest player to play at the Euros at 18 years and 72 days. Won't want to suffer defeat on such a big day.
    • 26' Pouslen got lucky with the break of the ball as he tried to pick out Krohn-Dehli, but you cannot fault the finish as he beat a couple of Dutch defenders. Against the run of play, but Denmark are on the board here.
    • 25' GOAL! Krohn-Dehli slams the ball through the legs of Stekelenburg, and the Danes have a 1-0 lead. The Danish fans loving that moment.
    • 24' A little bit of space opens up for Van Persie in the Danish box, but he just screws the shot wide of goal.
    • 23' Remember we have a LIVE Euro 2012 chat from 5.30pm today. As the tournament gathers haste, Eurosport viewers worldwide will be given the opportunity to pitch their questions to the Netherlands most prolific goal scorer, Patrick Kluivert and Euro '96 winner, Freddie Bobic of Germany. The pair will be casting their expert opinions over today's Group B fixtures as well as answering your questions during this match. Click here to put your questions to our experts....
    • 22' Denmark now with 11 men in their own half as the Netherlands go through the motions. Pass, pass and pass some more. And when that is done and dusted, we will pass some more.
    • 21' Sneijder whips the corner in. Lacks any real pace or energy as Andersen comes off his line to collect with so much ease.
    • 20' This match feels like a training exercise so far. Dutch well on top as Agger catches Van Persie with a high boot. The Dutch have another corner.
    • 19' What a chance that was for Robben. Should have walloped the ball at goal rather than go for the cutback. Chance spurned.
    • 18' Robben tries to cut the ball across the face of goal for Sneijder, but Lars Jacobsen makes the interception by getting the ball back to Andersen. Superb piece of defending.
    • 17' Rommedahl doesn't seem to be lacking pace at the age of 33 as he dashes to the byline before lifting the cross straight into the arms of Stekelenburg.
    • 16' Robben is the latest figure to have a go at goal in the Dutch team. Doesn't really get hold of the shot as it falls into arms of Andersen in the Denmark goal.
    • 15' Eurosport's Tom Adams has been sniffing around the Dutch camp to see what they are making of life in the Ukraine so far. Here is what he found out. Kharkiv develops Oranje crush
    • 14' Van Bommel lifts an effort miles over the bar after Sneijder's corner had broken kindly for him. Danes will take that all night long.
    • 13' Van Persie slipped as he made contact with the ball. Shot ends up careering into the wall before the Dutch earn a corner seconds later.
    • 12' Dutch looking so assured on the ball. In no hurry to go anywhere with it before Zimling brings down Van Persie. Free-kick chance for the Dutch. 25 yards from goal.
    • 11' Van Persie picks out Sneijder on the run. Fabulous ball into the box, but Sneijder could only throw a head at it. Denmark handed back possession.
    • 10' Afellay fancies his chances coming in from a wing. Decides to have a go from just outside the box, but shot was always rising over the bar. We remain at 0-0.
    • 9' Erisken slams the shot straight at the wall. Disappointing attempt by the Danes. Ball back with Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal. They will knock this around for a while looking for an opening.
    • 8' Vlaar brings Bendtner crashing to the deck with a late challenge. Free-kick chance for the Danes 35 yards or so from goal. What a time this would be to strike.
    • 7' Van Persie plants a shot wide of goal! Real chance from 12 yards out, but not taken. Robben again playing provider.
    • 6' Not exactly a full house in for this one tonight. Disappointing when you think this is a major tournament. Dutch could pass the Danes to death before they score a goal tonight.
    • 5' Robben to Van Persie who heads down for Afellay to lift a volley over the bar. Nice move by the Dutch. Van Persie doing well to keep the ball in play.
    • 4' Willems decides to have a go at goal from 30 yards. Ball flies well over the bar. Worth a try. The young defender has only played 45 senior matches before today.
    • 3' Agger nods a header at the Dutch goal, but easy take for Stekelenburg in goal. Quite an easy header to deal with.
    • 2' Remember we have a LIVE Euro 2012 chat from 5.30pm today. As the tournament gathers haste, Eurosport viewers worldwide will be given the opportunity to pitch their questions to the Netherlands most prolific goal scorer, Patrick Kluivert and Euro '96 winner, Freddie Bobic of Germany. The pair will be casting their expert opinions over today's Group B fixtures as well as answering your questions during this match. Click here to put your questions to the Eurosport experts...
    • 1' The Dutch get this match off and running in Kharkiv.
    • 16.55 And the respective benches for you. Netherlands subs: Vorm, Mathijsen, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul////Denmark subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel///The referee tonight is Damir Skomina of Slovenia.
    • 16.50 Teams in the tunnel for this one. Those starting line-ups again for you: Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems, Van Bommel, Nigel De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, van Persie////Denmark: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner
    • 16.45 Eurosport's man in the Ukraine Tom Adams is busy on Twitter. He is watching this match today. Tom tweets: "Willems - who only made his top-flight debut in October - vs Rommedahl - who has been playing since 1995 - a potentially key battle tonight." Wonder if Rommedahl still has the pace to trouble a full-back? We will find out soon. Follow Tom Adams in the Ukraine on Twitter
    • 16.40 Morten Olsen (Denmark coach): "Everything has already been said and written. We can say we are a little jealous of the Dutch team, that we are not in their shoes, because they are the favourites. There is no doubt about that. They are a good team in all positions, and on the bench as well, they are filled with great quality."
    • 16.35 Bert van Marwijk (Holland coach): "I think we are the favourites as well, but it will not be easy. You can make the comparison to two years ago (when Holland beat Denmark 2-0 at the World Cup en route to the final), but two years ago everything was new for me and for the players in a big tournament. We have that experience now, but that just means you can't be complacent because you've done it before. We need to make sure we are as sharp as possible."
    • 16.30 Denmark midfielder Niki Zimling was taken to hospital after limping out of Friday's training session but a scan revealed no fracture. He starts the match with Jakob Poulsen forced to settle for a spot on the bench. Goalkeeper Stephan Andersen is Denmark's number one at the tournament after Thomas Sorensen was ruled out with a back injury.
    • 16.25 Netherlands central defender Joris Mathijsen has been ruled out for the Group B opener. Mathijsen has been struggling with a hamstring injury and his absence for Saturday's game was on the cards. Manager Bert van Marwijk must also decide how he will deal with the embarrassment of riches in attack. Robin van Persie and Klass-Jan Huntelaar were worthy of starts but Van Persie gets the nod. PSV left-back Jetro Willems starts the match at the age of 18.
    • 16.20 Remember we have a LIVE Euro 2012 chat from 5.30pm today. As the tournament gathers haste, Eurosport viewers worldwide will be given the opportunity to pitch their questions to the Netherlands most prolific goal scorer, Patrick Kluivert and Euro '96 winner, Freddie Bobic of Germany. The pair will be casting their expert opinions over today's Group B fixtures as well as answering your questions during this match. Click here to put your questions to the Eurosport experts
    • 16.15 Teams for this evening: Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems; De Jong, Van Bommel; Robben, Sneijder, Afellay; Van Persie////Denmark: Andersen; Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S. Poulsen; Jorgensen, Eriksen, Zimling; Rommedahl, Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli
    • 16.10 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Euro 2012 Group B opener between the Netherlands and Denmark at Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium. A 5pm kick-off for this one.
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