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Denmark ride storm to shock Netherlands

Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 19.55CET
Netherlands 0-1 Denmark
The Oranje spurned chance after chance but Michael Krohn-Dehli's fine first-half finish was enough for the Danes to throw Group B wide open.
by Tom Kell
from Metalist Stadium

Match statistics

NetherlandsDenmark

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts28
 
8
Attempts on target8
 
8
Attempts off target20
 
0
Attempts blocked3
 
4
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners11
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
8

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

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Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 19.55CET

Denmark ride storm to shock Netherlands

Netherlands 0-1 Denmark
The Oranje spurned chance after chance but Michael Krohn-Dehli's fine first-half finish was enough for the Danes to throw Group B wide open.

Through a combination of sheer defiance and one clinical finish, Denmark defeated the Netherlands for the first time in nine attempts, and 45 years, to throw UEFA EURO 2012 Group B wide open.

To term this a tale of frustration for Bert van Marwijk's side would be an understatement. Boasting eight of the team that started the FIFA World Cup final two years ago – a tournament they began with a 2-0 win against Denmark – the Oranje were at times every bit as stylish as their eventual conquerors in South Africa, Spain.

Chance after chance came and went but that final flourish, that most important of touches, eluded them. Denmark, by contrast, had one clear opening and one fine goal. Michael Krohn-Dehli provided the finish on 24 minutes and, though their backs remained against the wall thereafter, it was enough for Morten Olsen's men to go top of a daunting section also including Portugal and Germany.

The Dutch had outscored Denmark by 22 goals in qualifying and came charging out of the blocks with all the incision and fluidity that got them here. There was, though, one thing missing.

Jetro Willems, at 18 years and 71 days the youngest player ever to grace a UEFA European Championship, let fly early on but it was Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben who led the assault. However, the Arsenal FC man showed none of the devastating finishing that earned him 30 Premier League goals this season.

Glorious opportunities either end of the first half went begging for Van Persie, who let one slip by after an uncharacteristically poor first touch with just Stephan Andersen to beat. Robben was equally culpable when he too could see the whites of the Denmark No1's eyes yet, bizarrely, opted to pass.

The FC Bayern München forward endured disappointment of a different kind on 36 minutes when he seized on goalkeeper Andersen's slipshod pass but struck a post. Robben, Van Persie and Ibrahim Afellay all had further chances but, nestled among this Dutch bombardment, was a moment of Danish delight. Simon Poulsen's deflected cross landed at the feet of Krohn-Dehli, who shrugged off three Dutch defenders with an exquisite dummy before scurrying through and firing between Maarten Stekelenberg's legs.

The Danes had not so much ridden the storm, but somehow emerged on the other side with a suntan. Half-time failed to dampen the Dutch verve and soon enough Van Persie was again in behind, yet this time he could only kick the ground.

Mark van Bommel, tired of the scenic route taken by his more refined colleagues, went direct only to see his rasping shot turned behind. If that was Plan B, Plan C looked to be to go aerial. John Heitinga nodded over from a corner before Robben completed a hat-trick of spurned gilt-edged openings when he headed Sneijder's raking cross wide from eight metres.

Cue the cavalry – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart – but still it went on. This time it was the outlandish through ball from Sneijder, the impeccable first touch from Huntelaar and the failure to finish. It was a familiar story.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.16CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Denmark

Denmark

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Substitution85
3
KjærSimon Kjær
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
4
AggerDaniel Agger (C)
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
Yellow Card67
5
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
Yellow Card78
8
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Substitution71
6
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
7
KvistWilliam Kvist
Yellow Card81
11
RobbenArjen Robben
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution74
13
VlaarRon Vlaar
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
Goal24
15
WillemsJetro Willems
10
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution84
16
Van PersieRobin van Persie
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution71
21
ZimlingNiki Zimling

Substitutes

12
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
16
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
22
KrulTim Krul (GK)
22
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
12
BjellandAndreas Bjelland
7
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution85
13
OkoreJores Okore
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution71
14
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution74
14
SchaarsStijn Schaars
15
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer
17
StrootmanKevin Strootman
17
PedersenNicklas Pedersen
18
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
18
WassDaniel Wass
19
NarsinghLuciano Narsingh
19
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
21
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
20
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution71
23
MikkelsenTobias Mikkelsen
Substitution84

Coach

Bert van Marwijk (NED) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Matej Žunič (SVN)

Fourth official

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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