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Euro 2012 - Group B Matchday 1 Recap

Denmark stun the Dutch as the Germans leave it late against Portugal

Written by Christopher Kisby

Group B

Denmark caused a massive shock when lifting the European Championship trophy twenty years ago and they upset the odds on day two of Euro 2012 to leave Holland on the brink of elimination from the Group of Death.

Michael Krohn-Dehli’s 24th minute strike against the run of play was enough to seal a remarkable victory for the Scandinavians who were all but written off before the tournament began having been drawn alongside Germany, Portugal and the Dutch.

And although the Dane’s were full value for their win after a superb defensive display, Bert Van Marwijk’s men were a huge disappointment and far from lived up to their star billing. Over 25 shots on goal were squandered by Robin Van Persie and co with Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben particularly wasteful in the final third.

Denmark still have it all to do if they are to reach the quarter-finals as both Germany and Portugal should provide a much stiffer test overall, whilst the Dutch will feel that they now need to scalp a six point haul against their rivals to progress.

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Germany and Portugal played out a rather miserable evening affair in Lviv which was finally sparked into life on 72 minutes by striker Mario Gomez who headed home an inch perfect cross delivered by Bayern Munich team mate Thomas Muller.

It looked for all money as if both nations were going to cancel each other out and backers may have been questioning whether the mentality and approach of the teams had changed following on from Holland’s defeat earlier in the day.

Target man Gomez was traditionally absent for much of the affair – but as many top players do he was there in the right place at the right time to net what could be a crucial winner for the Germans.

Portugal were flat for large parts of the game but came good in the last twenty minutes and arguably deserved a draw based on the chances which they created. Substitute Silvestre Varela perhaps blew the Euro 2004 finalists best opportunity with just two minutes to go – blasting the ball straight at Manuel Neuer when one-on-one in the penalty area.

Germany will now be even firmer favourites to qualify for the knockout stages and will do just that if they can beat the Dutch on match day two.

Portugal take on Denmark midweek and three points will put Paulo Bento’s charges back on track ahead of their highly anticipated grudge match will Holland.

There should certainly be a few more twists and turns in Group B over the next few days and Titan Bet will as ever be the place to satisfy all of your Euro 2012 betting needs.