Wednesday June 13, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Metalist Stadium

Netherlands 1 - 2 Germany

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  1. Germany win leaves Dutch on brink

    Germany win leaves Dutch on brink

    Mario Gomez scored twice as Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Euro 2012 Group B, a result that leaves the Dutch facing the exit door. More

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    • Netherlands
    • Germany
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! Germany need a point to qualify while the Dutch are on the brink of the exit door. A 2-1 win for Germany. More than deserved.
    • 90+1' Muller is wheeled off to be replaced by Lars Bender. Germany push on here and again try to run down time.
    • 89' Willems with a blatant body check on Muller. He is booked. Going to be four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Klose almost tackles the ball into the net. Stekelenburg wanted an eternity to control that ball and nearly hands the Germans a third goal.
    • 87' Germany trying to keep the ball in one of the corners before Muller brings down De Jong. Clock against the Dutch here.
    • 86' Boateng has picked up a yellow card for a spot of time-wasting.
    • 85' Bert van Marwijk at the edge of his touchline demanding one last push from the Dutch side, but Germany have a corner here as Mathijsen is forced to knock the ball behind his own goal.
    • 84' Van der Vaart wallops an effort wide of the German goal from long range. Never really got his boot through that effort.
    • 83' Germany making sure their shape is right in these closing moments. All 11 Germany players in their own half.
    • 82' Germany have failed to win only once in major tournaments after leading by two goals – losing 4-2 to Switzerland in the 1938 World Cup Finals.
    • 81' Robben departs the action to be replaced by Kuyt. He looks none too happy as he hurdles an advertising board before walking round the park.
    • 80' Germany will be disappointed to drop any points here tonight after being so far in front in the first period.
    • 79' Toni Kroos has been wheeled on for Ozil as Germany shuffle their pack.
    • 78' De Jong is booked for a late challenge on Lahm. A robust challenge by De Jong.
    • 77' Appeals for a penalty as Van Persie hits the deck in the box. Never a penalty. Solid defending by Hummels.
    • 76' Huntelaar just fails to control Van Persie's pass on the edge of the box before De Jong is brought down by Ozil.
    • 75' Dirk Kuyt warming up for the Netherlands. Suddenly a real belief among the Dutch fans that they get can get something from this match.
    • 74' De Jong gets a tackle spot on to deny Ozil a shot at goal. Had to get that tackle right deep in his own box. The Dutch fans have come to life.
    • 73' Hummels darts back to make a superb tackle on Van Persie. Dutch are back in business here.
    • 72' GOAL! Van Persie runs away from a couple of white shirts to wallop a shot low into the corner of the net. Brilliant finish from 25 yards, and this game is back on.
    • 71' Klose replaces Gomez for Germany. Standing ovation for him.
    • 70' Sneijder sees a shot blocked by Boateng, who is fortunate not concede a penalty. His hands were up, but no penalty.
    • 69' Gomez causing a nuisance in the Dutch area as he darted into the box only to whack his shot wide of goal.
    • 68' Another chance comes and goes for the Dutch as Robben pulls a volley wide from inside the German area.
    • 67' No team has reached the knockout phase of a European Championship after losing two matches. Writing on the wall for the Dutch.
    • 66' This has been such an accomplished display by Germany. Just a surprise that they have only grabbed two goals this evening.
    • 65' Sniejder clatters Khedira with a late challenge. Germany awarded the free-kick at the halfway line.
    • 64' Van Persie takes a tumble under pressure from Lahm. Muted appeals for a penalty. Never a penalty. We remain at 2-0 in favour of the Netherlands.
    • 63' Robben just fails to connect with a Sneijder pass. Right idea, but the ball is back in the mitts of Neuer.
    • 62' Willems makes a fine tackle on Muller. Had to get that one spot on.
    • 61' Sneijder with a dipping shot from distance. Just wide of goal. Much, much better from the Dutch side.
    • 60' Sneijder trying to close down space as Neuer hammers a clearance long down the park. Stekelenburg off his line to prevent Ozil from getting a free run at the goal.
    • 59' The Netherlands have over 54 percent, but the Germany have the two goals. Possession means little without the goals.
    • 58' Germany try to calm matters down again before Lahm has a shot blocked by an orange shirt.
    • 57' Finally the Dutch get a decent move on the go. Neuer dives to keep out the shot from Van Persie. Lovely pass from Robben.
    • 56' Robben crashes a shot at goal from distance. 25 yards out. Over the bar. Story of the night for the Dutch.
    • 55' Podolski twisting and turning before he picks out Ozil, who is deemed to be offside.
    • 54' Six teams have managed a draw at World Cups and European Championships after going in two or more goals down at the break. That is what the Dutch must cling to here this evening.
    • 53' The Netherlands keeping possession, but not going anywhere with it at any great pace.
    • 52' Germany look like they could score another few goals here. The Dutch being pressed back.
    • 51' Germany just breaking up the play almost at will. Hummels has two bites at the cherry from inside the Dutch box, but Stekelenburg makes the double save.
    • 50' Germany (including West Germany) have won all 12 previous European Championship games in which they have been two goals up. Dutch looking for a miracle to recover.
    • 49' Sneijder with the ball into the middle. All a bit hopeful as Badstuber wallops clear the danger.
    • 48' No team has ever recovered from a two-goal deficit at half-time to win a World Cup or European Championship match in 90 minutes.
    • 47' Huntelaar and Van der Vaart are on for Van Bommel and Afellay. Dutch forced to go for it in this second period.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period with the Dutch making a couple of changes to their side.
    • 45+1' Schweinsteiger's free-kick from out wide is touched over the bar by Stekelenburg. That almost sailed into the net. A 2-0 lead for Germany at the break. Well in command.
    • 44' Willems having a bit of a nightmare at the back as Muller continue to outpaces him. Van Bommel then brings down Podolski seconds later.
    • 43' Dutch seeing more of the ball, but not doing much with it in the German half. Van Persie again overhits a pass looking for Robben.
    • 42' In only three of the seven previous major tournament meetings has the team that scored the opening goal gone on to win the match – Germany winning 3-2 (Euro 1980) and 2-1 (World Cup 1990) and the Netherlands 3-1 (Euro 1992).
    • 41' The fragility of the Dutch temperament being tested here. They look a couple of yards off the pace the longer this match continues.
    • 40' Wasted chance as Boateng wallops a shot well wide of the target. The German fans enjoying their night out.
    • 39' Khedira back to help out Hummels. Corner to the Dutch to be swept in by Sneijder, but a poor pass to Robben and Germany can break here....
    • 38' Germany living up to their billing as one of the pre-tournament favourites. That Dutch defence have been badly exposed this evening.
    • 37' GOAL! Brilliant finish by Gomez. Stekelenburg left grasping at fresh air and Germany are moving clear here. A 2-0 lead. Same provider as Schweinsteiger played him in.
    • 36' Ozil picks out Badstuber, but his header is somehow blocked by Stekelenburg a couple of yards out. Glorious chance spurned by Germany.
    • 35' Willems brings down Muller and Germany have a free-kick just wide of the Dutch box.
    • 34' Van Bommel forced to chase Gomez after losing the ball before the Dtuch collect in their own half.
    • 33' Van Persie tries to clip a ball into the path of Sneijder, but the weight of pass is all wrong. Dutch rythmn has been upset by the loss of that goal. Germany dictating the tempo.
    • 32' Gomez given offside again with three Dutch defenders chasing him. Tried to bend his run, but just offside. He is a real thorn in the side of the Dutch.
    • 31' Mario Gomez had five shots at Euro 2008 and scored no goals. He's had four shots so far at Euro 2012 and scored twice. Improvement in his game.
    • 30' Muller tries to pick out Gomez with a ball across the opposition area, but just beyond the goalscorer.
    • 29' Since the European Championship introduced a group phase in 1980, (West) Germany have won their opening two matches on two occasions. Both times they went on to win the tournament (1980, 1996).
    • 28' Offside flag goes up against Gomez when he was clearly onside. Dutch defence all over the place at the back.
    • 27' Germany set up well to enhance their lead in this match by playing on the counter attack. Dutch can still qualify off course with a defeat, but isn't looking good after two defeats.
    • 26' Robben caught offside from Van Bommel's pass. Just set off too early there.
    • 25' Robben curls a shot at goal from distance. Ball fairly travelling, but an easy height for Neuer to make the stop.
    • 24' The Netherlands need a goal now otherwise they are heading for the exit door in this tournament. Not many people would have believed that on Saturday morning.
    • 23' GOAL! Gomez grabs his second goal of the tournament. Dutch cut wide open from Schweinsteiger's pass. Cool finish after supreme control. Germany lead 1-0.
    • 22' There hasn’t been a goalless first half between these two since the re-unification of Germany. The last time was at the 1990 World Cup.
    • 21' Not really conditions to be chasing long balls here this evening. Hot and humid, and will be draining on the limbs in the second period.
    • 20' Robben is back on the pitch. Badstuber fails to pick out Muller with a long pass from deep. Dutch handed back possession.
    • 19' Badstuber takes out Bayern Munich team-mate Robben with a late challenge. A real clash of heads going for a high ball.
    • 18' Plenty of energy on Sneijder's corner, but again a lack of orange shirts illustrate the problem. This match could go either way. Dutch looking slightly more dangerous.
    • 17' Great chance for Afellay to play in Van Persie, but that is a poor, poor pass. Hummels slides in to concede the corner.
    • 16' Gomez tried to play the pass to Podolski in the box, but the Dutch break up the move before hitting on the break.
    • 15' Sneijder's corner is far too deep. No Dutch players in the area. Bert van Marwijk looks on with a sort of vacant expression.
    • 14' Boateng forced to race back to tackle Van Persie as the Dutch win another corner here.
    • 13' Heitinga just failed to connect with Sneijder's corner. Plenty of boos around the ground as the ball works its way back to Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal.
    • 12' Dutch win a corner here off Boateng, but the moves comes to nothing. Dutch regroup to win the ball around the halfway line.
    • 11' Ozil claiming he was blocked off on the edge of the box by Mathijsen, but the referee says no.
    • 10' Dutch creating chances as Robben slips the ball into Van Persie's path, but he screws the shot wide of goal. Hummels again left trailing.
    • 9' Dutch will try to expose Hummels, who was all over the place when Van Persie cut through the German defence moments ago.
    • 8' Afellay takes up a good position in the German box, but his cross can only pick out Neuer. Disappointing finish.
    • 7' Ozil smashes a shot at goal from distance. Stekelenburg gets down to make a smart stop. Vital save there. Good hit.
    • 6' The two top scorers from qualification - Huntelaar 12 and Klose nine - are both on the bench for tonight's game.
    • 5' Germany trying to press the ball as much as possible. Another match in Kharkiv is not sold out. Chance for Van Persie, but he prods the ball straight at Neuer.
    • 4' De Jong brings down Muller with a late challenge from behind. Crunching late tackle. Foul to Germany.
    • 3' Rafael van der Vaart has provided more assists than any other player during Bert van Marwijk’s tenure as head coach. Dirk Kuyt is second on 12. Both are on the bench tonight.
    • 2' Dutch keeping the ball early on. No real surprise there as Sneijder slips a little pass through the middle, but picked up by Neuer.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 19.40 Holland are undefeated in their last 20 international matches on a Wednesday - 14 wins, 6 draws. They can't afford to lose this one in temperatures hitting 84.
    • 19:35 MATCH ODDS: Netherlands 15/8, Draw 12/5, Germany 6/4
    • 19:30 Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk sticks with forward Robin van Persie, leaving Bundesliga top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on the bench for the second consecutive game. He makes one change to the team that lost 1-0 to Denmark, bringing in defender Joris Mathijsen instead of Ron Vlaar after the former recovered from injury.
    • 19:25 Germany forward Mario Gomez, who scored in their opening Euro 2012 Group B win over Portugal, retains his place, with Miroslav Klose again on the bench. Joachim Loew also kept faith in central defender Mats Hummels, instead of recalling Per Mertesacker, after his solid performance against Portugal.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Netherlands: Stekelenburg, van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, Van Persie /// Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Badstuber, Hummels, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Mueller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez
    • 19:15 HIT-MEN: This clash brings the best two goalscorers from the qualifying round up against each other. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (who plays for German side Schalke) scored 12 goals for the Dutch, Germany's Miroslav Klose bagged nine. Both strikers only came from the bench in their country's first game.
    • 19:10 EUROS RECORD: Germany have only won three of their last 11 European Championship group stage games (D4 L4) and have been eliminated at this stage in two of the last three tournaments.
    • 19:05 EUROS RECORD: The Netherlands have won four of their last five European Championship group games (L1), and seven of their last 10 (D1 L2).
    • 19:00 HEAD TO HEAD: These old rivals will be meeting for the 39th time in all internationals. The Germans hold the upper-hand at the moment, having won 14 to Netherlands’ 10 (14 draws). The Dutch hold the advantage in previous European Championship clashes, however, winning two (1988 and 1992), drawing one (2004) and losing one (1980). All seven clashes between the sides in major competitions have seen both sides score. Germany have won just three of their last 12 meetings with the Dutch (D5 L4).
    • 18:55 Joachim Loew: "I've liked a lot what I've seen in training. I said before the tournament that a few players could find themselves playing in different positions. Jerome Boateng is fully focused because after causing these headlines he is a little bit in debt to me, because frankly I didn't like what I read. I spoke to him about this and while he was doing all this during his time off, I didn't like what he did."
    • 18:50 Bert van Marwijk: "Sometimes (criticism) makes me laugh. Ahead of a game like this, and surely after a defeat, tensions rise. For us, likely at home too, and among all our discerning followers. It sometimes can create irritants. That's OK. It happens to me too. But you have to make sure it motivates you even more."
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the big game tonight as Germany face the Netherlands in their Euro 2012 Group B clash, with the Dutch on the brink of elimination. Kick off at 7.45 UK time!
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