[EURO '08 COUNTDOWN]
Netherlands had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Denmark Thursday in a friendly played in Eindhoven. Ruud van Nistelrooy
scored the only goal for
the Dutch, who started with four attacking players -- van Nistelrooy playing in front of Rafael van der Vaart
and Wesley Sneijder
But the middle of the Oranje defense -- John Heintiga
and Joris Mathijsen
-- looked vulnerable, and the Danes equalized through Christian Poulsen
11 minutes into the second half.
Recalled strikers Alessandro Del Piero
and Antonio Cassano
could get starts in Italy's three-player attack when Italy faces Belgium Friday in Belgium.
Star Luca Toni
is expected to be the lone striker
with Del Piero and Cassano, both back after long absences, in wide position.
"I haven't decided anything," said Coach Roberto Donadoni
, "but in
my idea of a three-man attack, I definitely see Del Piero on the left and Cassano on the right, although Cassano can also play on the opposite side. We'll try things out against Belgium."
Also in the mix for wide spots are Antonio Di Natale
and Argentine-born Mauro Camoranesi
for playing time. POGREBNYAK HURT.
Russia could lose Zenit St. Petersburg forward striker Pavel Pogrebnyak
for Euro 2008 after he
suffered a serious knee injury in Wednesday's friendly against Serbia.
He left the game shortly after scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 win.
Pogrebnyak, 24, scored 10
goals for Zenit in UEFA Cup play to finish as the competition's co-leading scorer.