Netherlands 0 – 1 Denmark

Man of the Match: Michael Krohn-Dehli. Billed as a possible star of the tournament before it started, the Brondy winger will surely have transfer offers in July. Causing a constant threat down the left flank, he kept his composure for his goal and also did his defensive duty well when tracking back to help with Arjen Robben.

Netherlands verdict: Profligate to the extreme, it is not as if the Dutch did not have the chances to make an impact on the game. The likes of Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and later sub Klass-Jan Huntelaar could not seem to find their shooting boots. Plenty of nice passing and they should have won, but the best teams do not always win games.

Denmark verdict: A real team effort from Morten Olsen’s men, led by Daniel Agger at the back. Not blessed with the quality of players that the Dutch have, Denmark were forced to break on the counter and put men behind the ball. With William Kvist breaking up the play when possible, it was a backs-to-the-wall job.

Could do better: Robin van Persie. A wonderful domestic season for the Arsenal striker did not translate itself to the international stage as he missed a host of chances to get Netherlands back into the game. Perhaps some new boots are in order as he lost his footing more than once.

Stat attack: Denmark have never lost a European Championship finals game when scoring first, winning five in nine games. While Dutch defender Jetro Willems became the youngest player to ever play at the Euros aged 18 years and 71 days.

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