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Portugal out to dash slim Netherlands hopes

UEFA.com speaks to Netherlands forward Ibrahim Afellay and Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício ahead of the teams' decisive UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match in Kharkiv on Sunday.

Portugal out to dash slim Netherlands hopes
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Since the UEFA European Championship's first group stage in 1980, no side have ever reached the quarter-finals after losing their first two games.

The Netherlands may be looking to make history in this regard, but Ibrahim Afellay is keeping the faith, suggesting that perhaps "it was meant to be like this and I hope this time it will end in the right way for us".

First, though, the Dutch must defeat Portugal in Kharkiv on Sunday by at least two goals, and Seleçcão das Quinas goalkeeper Rui Patrício says his own team – also fighting for a last-eight berth – will be no pushovers. "We have to give our all, we have to be aggressive as a team, be united and believe until the end that we will win." Watch our full video preview of this decisive Group B meeting above.