Euro 2012 – Day 6, As It Happened
Super Mario took over Group B, giving Germany a 2-1 win over the Dutch, while Portugal outlasted a resilient Denmark 3-2.
The results leave the Group wide open, with Germany through, while Portugal and Denmark both sit on 3 points each, leaving plenty of drama for the last day of matches.
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Portugal 3 – 2 Denmark
Pepe gave his team an early lead off a header, with Helder Postiga doubling the lead off a shot from six yards out.
Denmark pulled one back before half time off the head of Bendtner, but trailed 2-1 despite controlling the possession.
After a trio of terrible misses by Christiano Ronaldo in the second half, Nicklas Bendtner pulled the two teams even on a header that snuck by the keeper.
In the most cruel way, Portugal snatched the win in the final moments as a substitute Silvestre Valera struck the back of the net.
Man of the Match: Nicklas Bendtner
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Germany 2 – 1 Netherlands
Mario Gomez scored a pair of brilliant goals, pacing his German team to a dominant 2-1 win over a Dutch team that never seemed interested in the game.
Manager Bert van Marwijk will be left wondering what went wrong, his side failing to imprint themselves in the match and played off the pitch by a dominant German team.
Mark van Bommel had an early chance, but it was the Germans who would strike first.
Gomez was sent in alone on a perfect pass by Bastian Schweinsteiger, turning on the ball and slotting the shot under a helpless Maarten Stekelenburg.
Unfortunately for the Dutch, Gomez was far from finished.
The Bayern Munich forward doubled the lead before half-time, smashing a shot across the face of the net and just inside the far post; a perfectly placed shot.
The Dutch tried to liven things up at halftime, bringing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael Van deer Vaart on but the changes failed to make the impact they wanted.
Robin Van Persie pulled a goal back on a great individual effort late in the game, but that was all that the Netherlands could muster as they fell to two losses in the tournament.
The loss means the Dutch must beat Portugal on their final day, while hoping for a German win against the plucky Danish.
Man of the Match: Mario Gomez
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