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  • Date:13 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Metalist Stadium - Kharkiv
  • Robin van Persie (73)
  • Mario Gomez (24)
    Mario Gomez (38)

Live Commentary


On the whole that's a deserved victory for the polished and clinical Germans. It was a case of too little, too late for the Dutch, who were left to rue a spate of missed chances early on. They are now left needing to beat Portugal on Sunday, and hope that Germany can beat Denmark, to have any chance of progression.


Full-time: Netherlands 1-2 Germany


The game is petering frustratingly out for Holland here. They simply can't get the ball. Germany have got it and are once again trying to hold it in the corner.


Substitution for Germany, who send on Lars Bender for Muller.


Willems picks up a yellow card for a deliberate block on Muller. Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.


Almost a disaster for Holland. He received a passback but dithered over clearing and was tackled by Klose, with the ball trickling just the wrong side of the post.


Germany are playing for time now as Muller runs the ball into the corner.


Boateng is booked for time-wasting, which means he misses Germany's next game, against Denmark.


Van der Vaart takes aim from long range for the Dutch but his left-foot shot sails harmlessly wide. Holland have lost the momentum that the goal gave them.


Substitution for Holland as Robben is replaced by Dirk Kuyt.


Change for Germany as Toni Kroos replaces Ozil. Meanwhile, De Jong is booked for a late challenge on Lahm.


Van Persie goes down in the box under a challenge from Hummels but the referee rightly waves play on. Dutch pressure building now, but Germany will remain a serious danger on the counter-attack.


The Netherlands have not surprisingly got their tails up now. It looks like they will get at least one more chance; it's just a matter now of whether they can take it.


Great chance for Ozil at the other end as he is played in on goal inside the box, but he can't evade Nigel de Jong and the Manchester City midfielder tackles him well.


What a goal by Van Persie, one of the best of the tournament so far. He collected the ball deep in the left channel from Sneijder, span his marker, ran into space and then unleashed a rasping right-foot shot into the helpless Neuer's bottom left-hand corner. Superb.


Goal! Netherlands 1-2 Germany (Robin van Persie)


Substitution for Germany as Gomez is replaced by Miroslav Klose.


Great chance for the Dutch as Robben cuts the German left flank to ribbons and plays a ball across goal for Sneijder, but his first-time right-foot shot is blocked by Boateng.


Another chance for Holland and another underwhelming finish. Sneijder played a diagonal chest-high ball into Robben in the left channel and while the Bayern winger brought it down well enough, his shot was rushed and well wide. At the other end, Gomez pulls a half-chance wide for Germany.


The Dutch are starting to show some guts and fight at last but they are still too demoralised to construct slick passing moves such as those being put together by Germany.


But Holland respond, albeit from long range, with Sneijder unleashing a right-foot shot from 25 yards out in the right channel that whistled narrowly past the far post.


Germany cut through Holland once more, with Sami Khedira playing a one-two with Muller on the edge of the box, only to be thwarted by Stekelenburg before he could get a shot away.


Germany are undeterred by that chance though and swiftly resume their passing game, with even Philipp Lahm venturing forward from left-back to let a shot go from that edge of the box, but it was blocked before it could threaten Stekelenburg.


Brilliant effort from Van Persie! Robben cuts a low ball back from the left wing to the edge of the box, where the surging Van Persie strikes a fine shot first time that Neuer does well to get a hand do. Hope at last for Holland.


Robben tries his luck from the right corner of the box for Holland but his ambitious shot is deflected over for a corner. The Dutch need something to spark their belief here, but Mathijsen can only head Sneijder's corner over the bar.


Germany, on the other hand, look the epitome of confidence and compsure. They are comfortable on the ball and their movement off it is creating endless opportunities to mount attacks.


The Netherlands are all over the place here. No structure and no discipline. Germany could score four or five.


Great chance for Germany! Mats Hummels is allowed to march 25 yards straight through the heart of the Dutch midfield and launch a left-footed shot that Stekelenburg can only parry. Hummels then pounced on the rebound and shot again, with Stekelenburg this time turning his effort around the post.


The Dutch are in desperate need of goals here but are showing few signs of urgency and are struggling to keep hold of the ball, nevermind mount attacks.


The game is stopped by the referee after Gomez takes a knock to the face from Johnny Heitinga.


And we're back under way, with Germany straight back on the front, winning a free-kick and then a corner before the Dutch finally cleared.


Van der Vaart and Huntelaar are being sent on for Holland in place of Van Bommel and Afellay. The teams are out and we're about to get restart.


Right before the break, Germany almost went 3-0 up as a Schweinsteiger free-kick from the left caught the head of Robben and looked to be looping into the far top corner, only for Stekelenburg to recover to tip it over the bar.


Half-time: Netherlands 0-2 Germany


The Dutch defenders, and in particular Willems on the left, are looking really ragged here. There are more goals in this for Germany at this rate.


A dreadful corner routine from the Dutch allows Germany to counter, but the move is wasted as Boateng fires an ambitious shot from outside the box high and wide.


Another silky move from the Germans once again culminates with Schweinsteiger sliding a delightful pass down the right channel to Gomez, who beats Stekelenburg with a right-foot shot into the far corner. Fine goal, but more poor defending.


Goal! Netherlands 0-2 Germany (Mario Gomez)


Chance for Germany! Jetro Willems is caught out of position by the surging Muller and concedes a free-kick close to the right touchline. Ozil plays a pinpoint cross to the back post, where the unmarked Badstuber heads straight at Stekelenburg. He should have scored. The Dutch defenders were nowhere. Great save.


The match has gone a bit flat now, with the Dutch still recovering from the goal and the Germans equally losing some of the fluency of their game.


And Germany duly attack down the right with Thomas Muller, who fires the ball across goal for Gomez but it just evades the Bayern man. Close call for the Dutch, who need to wake up and up the tempo of their play.


The goal seems to have deflated the Dutch. They have lost their earlier confidence on the ball and are now struggling to retain possession. There's definitely a second goal in this for Germany if they choose to go for the kill before half-time.


Robben looks to provide Holland with an instant riposte but his long-range strike is easily saved by Neuer.


Holland are cut apart by a slick move from Germany that culminates with Bastian Schweinsteiger bisecting the defence with a narrow pass that finds Gomez. The Bayern Munich striker received the ball with his back to goal but span around on the run and sidefooted low past Stekelenburg. Fine goal.


Goal! Netherlands 0-1 Germany (Mario Gomez)


Robben is back on for Holland. He was actually missed as his team-mates mounted an attack while he was off the pitch, but ran out of numbers.


There has been a clash of heads between Robben and Badstuber, resulting in the Dutchman picking up a cut and having to go off to receive treatment.


Great chance for Holland on the counter-attack as Robben plays in Ibrahim Afellay down the left, who only has to square it for Van Persie to score, but the Barcelona winger's cross is wayward and easily intercepted. Massive opportunity missed.


Holland get a chance to test Germany from a corner but it is wasted by Wesley Sneijder of all people, who overhits it out of play. And now it's Germany's turn to build from the back.


The Dutch are dictating play now and are enjoying the greater of the possession. They're in no rush to find a final ball, though, and seem happy to play backwards and rebuild if there aren't any options on.


Tame penalty shout for Germany as Ozil picks the ball up just inside the box, slides it past Joris Mathijsen and then goes over under the slightest touch from the Dutch defender, but the referee was rightly not interested.


Replays have shown that Ozil's volley actually hit the post. A major let-off for the Dutch.


Another chance for Holland as Arjen Robben seizes on a misplaced German pass, surges forward and plays Van Persie in behind the defence, only for the striker to drag his right-foot shot wide of the post.


And now a chance for Germany as Mesut Ozil volleys a half-cleared cross towards the bottom corner but is denied by a smart, diving save from Maarten Stekelenburg.


Chance for Holland! Van Persie was played through one-on-one with Manuel Neuer but it was a high ball the lunging Arsenal striker couldn't steer the ball past the German goalkeeper. Great chance, though.


And now Germany settle themselves down with a period of possession, stroking it between the midfield five and full-backs. This could turn out to be a tactical duel rather than a blood and thunder battle.


Positive start for Holland as they breach the German offside trap but the ball ran a bit too wide for Robin van Persie to capitalise. The Dutch retained possession though and look assured on the ball early on.


And we're under way in Kharkiv, the Dutch in their famous orange and Germany in their traditional white.

Mark van Bommel is the only Dutch player on a yellow card, while Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng are carrying bookings for Germany.

The teams are on their way out and we're about to have the national anthems. If there is one international grunge match out there, this is it. Should be fascinating.

To give hope to the Dutch, Germany haven't won their second game at the European Championships since 1996.

Intriguingly, after Portugal defeated Denmark 3-2 in the 5pm kick-off, should the Netherlands win tonight, all four teams in Group B will go into their final fixtures level on three points.

These two teams were not only the top scorers in qualifying for Euro 2012, but all seven games between them in major competitions have seen them both score, so with a bit of luck, we should be in for an entertaining and attacking game.

And here is the Germany team: Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez. Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schurrle, Klose, Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Reus, Zieler.

This is how the Netherlands will line up: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, Nigel De Jong, Van Bommel, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, Van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Vlaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul.

Van Marwijk has made just one change to the team that lost to Denmark, replacing Ron Vlaar with regular first-choice centre-back Joris Mathijsen. That also means Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was frustrated to miss out on a start in the opener, once again has to settle for a place on the bench. Germany, meanwhile, are unchanged.

Welcome along to our coverage of the Netherlands' Group B clash with Germany in Kharkiv. Bert van Marwijk's side are in desperate need of a victory over their old rivals having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening game. Germany, meanwhile, go into the game on their back of a 1-0 win over Portugal but will be looking to improve on that performance.

It looks like Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be coming on at half-time for the Dutch. Both were spoken to by Van Marwijk as the teams left the field.

The Netherlands started well and created chances that Van Persie spurned, but from then on they were poor, particularly in defence, and the Germans took control with clinical effect. The Dutch now have a mountain to climb.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Bert van Marwijk Coach
  • Maarten Stekelenburg Goal
  • Gregory van der Wiel Defender
  • John Heitinga Defender
  • Joris Mathijsen Defender
  • Jetro Willems Defender
  • Arjen Robben Midfielder
  • Mark van Bommel Midfielder
  • Wesley Sneijder Midfielder
  • Nigel de Jong Midfielder
  • Ibrahim Afellay Midfielder
  • Robin van Persie Forward
  • Michel Vorm Substitute
  • Tim Krul Substitute
  • Wilfred Bouma Substitute
  • Ron Vlaar Substitute
  • Khalid Boulahrouz Substitute
  • Stijn Schaars Substitute
  • Kevin Strootman Substitute
  • Luuk De Jong Substitute
  • Luciano Narsingh Substitute
  • Rafael van der Vaart
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • Dirk Kuyt


  • Joachim Loew Coach
  • Manuel Neuer Goal
  • Jerome Boateng Defender
  • Mats Hummels Defender
  • Holger Badstuber Defender
  • Philipp Lahm Defender
  • Thomas Mueller Midfielder
  • Sami Khedira Midfielder
  • Mesut Ozil Midfielder
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger Midfielder
  • Lukas Podolski Midfielder
  • Mario Gomez Forward
  • Tim Wiese Substitute
  • Ron-Robert Zieler Substitute
  • Marcel Schmelzer Substitute
  • Benedikt Howedes Substitute
  • Per Mertesacker Substitute
  • Ilkay Gundogan Substitute
  • Andre Schuerrle Substitute
  • Mario Goetze Substitute
  • Marco Reuss Substitute
  • Miroslav Klose Substitute who played
  • Toni Kroos Substitute who played
  • Lars Bender Substitute who played

Match Report

Germany set for quarters after humbling Holland
Germany are on the verge of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals following their 2-1 win over Holland on Wednesday as Mario Gomez scored twice, while the Dutch are heading for a first-round exit.
World Cup finalists Holland will bow out on Sunday unless they beat Portugal in their final game here at the Metalist Stadium and hope Germany defeat Denmark the same day in Lviv to give them a chance of reaching the last eight.
After Portugal earlier beat Denmark 3-2 in Group B, Germany now need only a point against the Danes in Lviv the same day to be sure of reaching the last eight at Euro 2012 as group winners.
Having scored the winning header in Germany's opening 1-0 victory over Portugal, Germany's Gomez isnow the tournament's early joint top-scorer with Russia's Alan Dzagoev with three goals after Bastian Schweinsteiger set up both his first-half strikes.
Holland gave themselves a late lifeline when Arsenal striker Robin van Persie pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time, but it was not enough to prevent their second Euro 2012 defeat after Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark.
Scorching temperatures in eastern Ukraine meant the game kicked off with the thermometer showing 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit).
Dutch defender Joris Mathijsen was the only change to the team beaten 1-0 by Denmark last Saturday here at Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium, while the Germans kept the same team which beat Portugal.
A great chance fell to Van Persie after five minutes as a ball over the top got behind the German defence, but the striker could only fire his shot into Neuer's grateful arms.
Germany replied as Mesut Ozil hit the post from the edge of the penalty area on eight minutes, but the Dutch went back on the attack soon after as Van Persie fired wide this time.
The Germans took the lead thanks to a clever through-ball from Schweinsteiger which beat the Dutch off-side trap and fell to the feet of Gomez, who powered onto the pass and rifled home on 24 minutes.
The pair combined again on 38 minutes when Schweinsteiger's pass freed Gomez on the right and he fired past Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on 38 minutes to make it 2-0 to the Germans at the break.
It could have been 3-0 to Joachim Loew's Germans as defender Holger Badstuber had headed straight at Stekelenberg before Gomez's second.
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk shook up his attack after the break by bringing on Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart for captain Mark van Bommel and Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay.
The Oranje upped the pace and created several chances before Van Persie put them back in the game when he turned Germany defender Mats Hummels to fire an unstoppable shot past Manuel Neuer's left hand.





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