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  • Date:17 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Metalist Stadium - Kharkiv
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (28)
    Cristiano Ronaldo (74)
  • Rafael van der Vaart (11)

Live Commentary


Portugal are in the quarter finals and on this performance could go much, much further. Ronaldo and Nani were a constant menace, the midfield and defence marshalled a talented Dutch offensive neatly and the encounter was a joy to behold.


Portugal 2 Netherlands 1


Germany have won their game 2-1!


The Dutch gameplan never produced what it promised to do, and they will doubtless be remembered as a team that could have done so much but who failed to make the most of their great talents.


We can say that Ronaldo is back!


Ronaldo hits the post with a thunderbolt. His second post of the night.


Holland are about to head home with their heads bowed. Pointless and having shown no fight.


Robin van Persie runs into the box and fires well wide!


Nani is being subbed to general ovation. A great performance from the United man.


Matijsen shhots from the six-yard line.


Another quick-fire counter-attack from Nani, who culmintes his run with a lob that lands on the roof of the net.


A lovely shot from Van der Vaart, off his weaker right foot, clips the upright.


Holland hit the post.


The match stats say Holland have had 58 per cent posssession, but Portugal have had double the amount of goal chances at 19 to 10.


Germany have scored in the other match - Lars Bender makes it 2-1, so from here Germany go through top and Portugal second. If the scores remain as they arez.


The Dutch have had the wind taken out of their sails and almost go a further goal down.


Nani races into a counter attack and places a lovely pass into Ronaldo's path, he takes his time, wrong foots the keeper and slams it home to put Portugal withing touching distance of the quarter-finals.


2-0 Cristiano Ronaldo!


Meireles replaced by Custódio.


Nani misses the unmissable, layed on a plate, chance of a lifetime from a Cristiano pass.


Willems is coming off for Affelay. Defender off, striker on for the desperate Dutch.


Brilliant run from Ronaldo who feeds Coentrao. His shot well saved by a panicked Steklenburg.


Postiga has been favouring an ankle since that tackle from Willems and makes way for Oliveira.


Portugal should be well ahead here, but if Denmark score in the other game and beat Germany, they're out unles they go ahead.


Postiga puts one away but the linesman had flagged off side!


Corner for Portugal. Both sides passing well.


Sneijder curls a free-kick in and Robben goes down under pressure in the box, but no pen. Pressure building on the Portuguese.


Ron Vlaar heads an inswinging corner for the Dutch, a lumbering effort over the bar.


Willems takes Moutinho from behind and is booked but could easily have been red carded.


That's the first time we've really seen Pepe in action here, which says a great deal about the Dutch.


Robben runs into the box but is well marshalled by Pepe.


Moutino meets a cross at the edge of the box and shoots it at the moon.


Ronalo gets into space in the box but tries to get the ball on his left foot and misses a fine chance to rattle the Dutch.


A tight opening period


Hard to believe that Portugal are only drawing here. But the Dutch dressing room at half time would be the place to be. Van Marwijk will have some reorganising to do.


Half time! Holland 1 Portugal 1


A brilliant bit of skill from Ronaldo as he takes a deep pass and turns in one move to leave the defence dumbfounded. His shot however runs wide again.


Despite the crushing dominance of the last 15 minutes Portugal have only converted one of a good ten chances. Will they be made to pay?


Free kick whistles wide from Veloso.


Nani gets a back hand in the face from Van der Vaert.


This is a thrilling display of rip roaring cup football.


Ronaldo heads just wide with the keeper stranded, he could have had three already tonight.


Portugal are heaping ever increasing pressure on the Dutch box.


The Dutch have done very little since their goal.


Nani lets rip with a rocket shot that however cannons a yard wide.


A clever through ball from Pereira leaves the Dutch defence flat-footed and Ronaldo reads it perfectly running into the box in yards of space and coolly slotting the ball into the bottom right. Boy does he look pleased with himself.


Goal for Portugal. Ronaldo on the mark at last.


Sneijder fires from distance and foprces a save from Rui Patricio


Portugal are taking the game to the Dutch but the Iberians are having little luck in front of goal.


Denmark have levelled in the other game, Krohn Delhi the man on the mark.


Brilliant cross from Nani finds Ronaldo at the far post and his powerful header is well saved.


In the other game Germany take a 1-0 lead, Podolski on the score sheet for his 100th cap.


Postiga, through on Stekelenburg, shoots wide when a goal looked certain. Portugal pressing hard for the equalizer as Meireles now fires a shot into the side netting.


This is turning into a pulsating encounter, great skill, lightening fast, and physical too.


Ronaldo slaps a snap shot off the post!


What a peach from Van der Vaart. Robben fed him the ball outside the corner of the box and he curled a lovely left-footed shot beyond the clutching grasp of the 'keeper.


Goal for Holland. Van der Vaart


Sneijder off side as the Dutch play through the middle.


Unsettling spectacle for Dutch supporters as Portugal's first foray forward creates a little panic in the back line.


Ronaldo's shot from 30 metres defleted over by the wall.


Free kick for Portugal. Van Persie escapes a booking for a bad tackle from behind.


Portugal can't get the ball.


Sneijder shoots wide from the near post after some clever work from Robben set up a good chance.


The Dutch bossing the early running.


Ukraine has won praise for the quality of its pitches, installed by an Australian company.

Van der Vaart goes in hard on Meireles. These two often get involved in rough stuff.

In fact now Portugal have taken off their jackets they are in all red!

The pitch looks to be in wonderful condition for these two 'ball playing' sides.

Portugal's Paulo Bento has kept faith with the team that beat Denmark 3-2 on Wednesday, with Helder Postiga flanked by Nani and skipper Cristiano Ronaldo in the attacking trident of a 4-3-3 system.

Bert van Marwijk has made one other change to his starting line-up, with Ron Vlaar coming into the team at centre-back in place of John Heitinga.

The players are coming out onto the pitch. Portugal in red and green, the Dutch, unlike the massed ranks of their orange clad fans, are in black.

The Netherlands start with Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder van der Vaart takes a starting place and the captain's armband from Mark van Bommel, who was relegated to the bench, while Huntelaar comes into the side in place of winger Ibrahim Afellay.

Maarten Stekelenburg; Gregory van der Wiel, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Jetro Willems; Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart (capt); Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Netherlands (4-2-3-1)

Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles; Nani, Helder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo (capt)

Portugal (4-3-3)

Starting line-ups

Germany have six points, Portugal and Denmark 3 apiece and the Nertherlands none. Germany, despite their two wins so far, could go out if Portugal win here and Denmark prevail in the other game. The Netherlands can still go through if they win 2-0 or better here and if Germany beat Denmark. So it's all wide open.

This game is played at the same time as Germany v Denmark. All four teams can still entertain the possibility of a quarter-finals spot against either Czech Republic or Greece, who made the cut in Group A last night, on an eventful evening on which we kissed goodbye to Russia and Poland.

Good evening and a very warm welcome to AFP's live match commentary for this matchday 3 Group B decider between Portugal and Holland.

The players are running back out for the second half. No changes for the Dutch in terms of personal but they'll need a much more coherent game if they are to stop the Nani-Ronaldo show.

As things stand Portugal are going through and their play would frighten the best of sides. The Dutch need goals, so don't go away as the second half promises more thrills.

Well thanks for joining us. Group B the group of death killed off the Dutch and the Danes and sends group winner Germany up against Greece and runners up Portugal against the Czech Republic.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Paulo Bento Coach
  • Rui Patricio Goal
  • Joao Pereira Defender
  • Pepe Defender
  • Bruno Alves Defender
  • Fabio Coentrao Defender
  • Raul Meireles Midfielder
  • Miguel Veloso Midfielder
  • Joao Moutinho Midfielder
  • Nani Forward
  • Helder Postiga Forward
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Forward
  • Eduardo Substitute
  • Beto Substitute
  • Hugo Almeida Substitute
  • Ricardo Quaresma Substitute
  • Ricardo Costa Substitute
  • Ruben Micael Substitute
  • Silvestre Varela Substitute
  • Miguel Lopes Substitute
  • Hugo Viana Substitute
  • Nelson Oliveira
  • Custódio
  • Rolando


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

Match Report

No great escape for Dutch as Portugal go through
Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Sunday to set up a Euro 2012 quarter-final with the Czech Republic and condemn the Dutch to a first group-stage European Championship exit since 1980.
Needing to win by two clear goals to stand any hope of progressing, Holland took an early lead through Rafael van der Vaart but were undone by goals in each half from man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo.
From a Dutch perspective, the final score was rendered immaterial as Denmark's 2-1 loss to Germany in the other Group B match meant they would not have qualified for the last eight even in case of victory.
Portugal, for whom Ronaldo belatedly reproduced his Real Madrid form at this tournament, will compete for a semi-final place against the Czechs in Warsaw on Thursday.
Runners-up at the World Cup two years ago and top scorers in qualifying, the Netherlands leave Ukraine with their tails between their legs after three consecutive defeats.
Mindful of the pressing need for goals, Holland coach Bert van Marwijk handed starts to both Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and van der Vaart, who replaced captain Mark van Bommel and inherited the captain's armband from him.
Van der Vaart needed less than 11 minutes to vindicate his manager's decision, collecting a pass from Arjen Robben and shaping a delightful 25-yard shot inside the left-hand post to put Holland ahead.
However, if the Dutch thought they were in for a comfortable evening, Portugal quickly had them on their toes with a flurry of chances sparked by Ronaldo drifting inside and brushing the post with a low strike.
Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was allowed to shine on his 50th appearance, thwarting Helder Postiga following an errant back-pass by Gregory van der Wiel and then showing sharp reflexes to box away a Ronaldo header.
Holland failed to heed the warnings though, and in the 28th minute Ronaldo levelled, powering onto Joao Pereira's incisive, stabbed pass and clipping the ball past Stekelenburg from close range.
Strangely, scoring the opening goal seemed to have inhibited the Dutch, and they were cowed even further by Ronaldo's equaliser.
So often scorned for his international displays, Ronaldo was a man transformed, and after working Stekelenburg with an audacious dipping shot from 35 yards, he crashed a header narrowly wide from a corner.
Van Marwijk gambled in the second half, throwing on winger Ibrahim Afellay for left-back Jetro Willems, but still Portugal came, Nani spurning a good chance by firing at Stekelenburg after Ronaldo had rolled the ball across goal.
The Madrid man was not so forgiving when Nani returned the favour in the 74th minute, checking inside sharply to send van der Wiel sprawling and then calmly beating Stekelenburg at his near post.
Van der Vaart hit the post with a right-foot curler, but it was the only bright moment in what was a desperate second period for the Dutch, who saw Ronaldo wobble an upright in the final minute.





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