EURO 2012 GROUP B: Holland stunned with loss to Denmark

One of the tournament favourites Holland failed to make their dominance count as they went down 1-0 to Denmark, leaving the Dutch needing to beat either Germany or Portugal to progress.

One of the tournament favourites Holland failed to make their dominance count as they went down 1-0 to Denmark, leaving the Dutch needing to beat either Germany or Portugal to progress.

Denmark had not beaten Holland in open play since 1967 but all that changed after 24 minutes of non-stop Dutch pressure when from a rare attack the Danes enjoyed some good fortune.

Simon Poulsen’s cross deflected kindly into the path of Michael Krohn-Dehli who drifted past two defenders before firing low through the keeper’s legs.

The measured approach play of Holland was creating chances but Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie were the main culprits in failing to finish.

Robben did hit a post in the first half but as the second half wore on it was Denmark who looked the stronger and for all the attacking ambitions of Holland they did look suspect to the quick breakaway from their opponents.

In the closing minutes Holland had a good shout for a handball in the penalty area but overall the Danes deserved their luck in denying the Dutch with Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Roma’s Simon Kjaer immense at the back.

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)

Venue: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv

Attendance: 34,973

Holland scorers:
Denmark scorers: Krohn-Delhi 24

Yellow cards: Van Bommel (HOL), Kvist (DEN), Poulsen (DEN)

 
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