Thursday, 14 June 2012

Game 12: Netherlands 1 - Germany 2

A cracker of a prospect this one; one which I really thought would reveal what Holland are all about. I thought they'd be more attacking and really go for the win. a surprise then to see the midfield and forwards unchanged.

Van Persie began the game in the "Kerzhakov club" and had been training down at "shank camp", missing chances again. By contrast, Gomez - who had missed a hat-full in the European Cup Final, seemed to have packed his shooting boots, slotting two really accomplished goals that put the tie beyond the Dutch.

The commentators predictably launched into an "aren't Holland terrible/in disarray" diatribe; seemingly ignoring the fact that they actually looked pretty accomplished and were just being outdone by an extremely strong German side.

The game nearly came to life after Van Persie swapped feet and scored with his right foot, giving them hope for the final part of the game. Robben stropped off, Bender got another 'outing' but the points were Germany's.

The group is left poised with seemingly all to play for. with Germany on 6, Denmark and Portugal on 3 and Holland on 0 points, it seems any 3 teams could still win the group, and any 3 could qualify second...all to play for and I don't have the energy to work out what results derive the different eventualities.

Next up could be the first tournament massacre - as Spain take on Ireland...

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