There was no shortage of goals in today’s first match between Denmark and Portugal. The match started with Denmark pressing forward early and getting several attempts in the Portuguese third in the first ten minutes. An injury to Zimling forced Denmark to make an early substitution in the 18th minute and bring on Jakob Poulsen, giving the Danes less of a defensive presence in midfield. Six minutes later, Portugal’s counterattack gave them a goal with a header by Pepe off of Moutinho’s corner. Portugal scored again in the 36th minute as Postiga slid to meet a driven cross and sent it into the top right corner. However, the Danes kept up their attack and rebounded with a goal five minutes later. A cross into the penalty area was met by the heads of Krohn-Dehli and then Bendnter. As Rui Patricio chased the ball across the face of goal after Krohn-Dehli’s header, Bendtner tapped the ball into the net.
Denmark may have still been down by a goal going into the second half, but they made a great effort to get back in it. The Danes kept up possession to deny Portugal chances with Postiga, Ronaldo, and Nani, and managed to get in a few good shots themselves. Denmark’s pressure paid off late in the game, as Bendnter headed a cross past Rui Patricio into the net and putting the game back level at 2 goals each. In the last ten minutes of the match, Portugal piled on the shots to regain their lead. Cristiano Ronaldo peppers shots at the Danish goal but failed to get any in. Ronaldo had a terrible miss in the 78th minute. Ronaldo met a through ball on a breakaway that left him one-on-one with Patricio, but sent the low shot wide of the right post. Portugal’s attacks netted them their final goal of the match in the 87th minute as supersub Varela rebounded his own shot into the net. While the goal clinched the win for Portugal at 3-2, Denmark almost equalized yet again in stoppage time as Schane received the ball in the box but sent the shot over the crossbar. Portugal’s defeat of Denmark gave them a crucial 3 points and elevated the Portuguese to second in group B. Portugal is now tied with Denmark at three points apiece, but the result of this match as a tiebreaker puts Portugal ahead.
The latter match of day 6 featured one of the biggest rivalries in national football and two of the best teams in the world right now. The highly anticipated match between the Netherlands and Germany took place as the Dutch tried to fight their way back into the competition after their shocking loss to Denmark. Things didn’t look good for the Dutch as the game began as Germany’s technical ability shut down the Dutch attack. Van Persie did have a wonderful attempt in the 7th minute as a pass caught Germany’s defensive line off guard, but Manuel Neuer was there to comfortably stop the shot. Germany took the lead in the 24th minute, as Mario Gomez received a pass through the defence by Schwinsteiger. Gomez chipped it in from inside the box. Hopes for the Netherlands continued to fall as Germany doubled their lead by halftime. At the 38th minute, Gomez hammered a shot from the far right side that caught Stekelenberg off guard again to net him another goal. The Netherlands came back with a goal in the second half after a number of good attempts. After a series of quick passes, van Persie wheeled in from the left and fired a shot past Neuer from just outside the penalty area. The Dutch piled on the pressure after van Persie’s goal in the 73rd minute, but it was too little too late to get any points from the match and the Germans won the match 2-1. With two losses, the Dutch face a difficult must-win game against Portugal if they want to have any chance of advancing.
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