Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ronaldo misses but Portugal wins; Germans down Dutch
by Samuel Charles, June 14th, 2012 2:39AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  european championship

MOST COMMENTED

[EURO 2012 WRAP] The "Group of Death" came to life on Day 2 in Ukraine, with eight quality goals. Portugal beat Denmark 3-2, and Germany looked impressive beating the Netherlands 2-1.

One of Portugal’s other Real Madrid stars opened the scoring at the Arena Lvivi in the game of the tournament thus far. Pepe headed home a corner in the 24th minute, and Helder Postiga doubled Portugal’s advantage in the 36th. Five minutes later Niklas Bendtner’s header from a Michael Krohn-Dehli layoff made it 2-1 at halftime.

Denmark was the better team for much of the second half, apart from two gift-wrapped chances Cristiano Ronaldo squandered. Bendtner rewarded their efforts in the 80th minute, as his second header equalized. Portugal rallied furiously, needing to win, and 84th minute sub Varela scored three minutes after entering to give Portugal a thrilling 3-2 victory.
 
After a bright start by the Dutch in the late game at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Bastian Schweinsteiger set up Mario Gomez twice, and the Germans took a two-goal lead.

The striker’s beautiful turn and finish between two defenders in the 24th minute, and his well-struck goal in the 38th, seemed an answer to critics who claim, “all he does is bang them in.”

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael Van der Vaart were inserted at halftime for the Netherlands, but Germany looked comfortable even after Robin Van Persie’s right-footed strike in the 73rd minute, and it finished 2-1. This performance saw the Netherlands leave the field dejected, and the Germans reclaiming their favored status. But, all four teams are still alive, and the Germans are not yet assured a place in the quarters.
 
DID YOU KNOW ...
... Varela only scored 3 goals all season for Porto.

... Gomez now has four shots on goal in the tournament, and three goals.

... Germany has never won all three of their group matches at the Euros.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
First-ever U.S. youth national futsal teams formed    
The first-ever U.S. youth national futsal teams will compete against top Canadian clubs in a three-match ...
Cubo Torres has landed at Houston    
Christmas came early for Houston Dynamo fans as the MLS club announced late Tuesday night it ...
Video Pick: Best Own Goals of 2014     
We deliver a Christmas Eve treat with 10 terrific own goals from 2014. We're hoping that ...
MLS Trade Central: Tuesday's deals    
The shakeup in the Sporting Kansas City goalkeeping corps looks to be complete as it has ...
Gary Smith picked to coach Atlanta Silverbacks    
Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to the 2010 MLS title, has taken over as ...
New Red Bulls soccer boss Curtis has plenty on plate    
Ali Curtis, who has spent the last seven years with the MLS league office after a ...
Wambach, Howard and Geiger win Concacaf awards    
Abby Wambach and Costa Rica's Keylor Navas are the winners of the 2014 Concacaf Player of ...
Juarez named first Real Monarchs head coach    
Real Monarchs, the new Real Salt Lake farm team, named former RSL AZ academy coach Freddy ...
What They're Saying: Joe Javidara    
"At that time, when we began showing the games, nobody showed soccer. The rest of the ...
Road to Vancouver: For once, FIFA gets its right    
FIFA came in for a lot of criticism for going with Brazil ahead of Sweden in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives