Euro 2012: Day six as it happened

Live text commentary as Germany beat the Netherlands to edge closer to qualification, while Portugal grab a late win over Denmark in Group B.

13 June 2012 Last updated at 22:40

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  1. 2238: 

    So another great night of European football comes to an end, it's over the boys in Group C now tomorrow night.

    Phil Dawkes is your man to guide you through that one - make sure you join him. Good night for now.


    Germany striker Mario Gomez: "We beat Portugal, we beat the Netherlands, we have six points after two matches, what else could you ask for?

    "My goal against Portugal was very important for me. The coach and the important players always backed me, that was important, because the last three days were very difficult for me. Despite my goal I was criticised very harshly."


    Germany coach Joachim Loew: "We've taken a major step and opened the door to the quarter-finals. Now we have our destiny in our own hands against Denmark."

  4. 2226: 

    Quite a few of you are texting in to say that the Netherlands are definitely out - they are not. They could yet become the first team ever to qualify from a Euros group with three points.


    Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk: "Germany had a few problems after Robin van Persie scored but unfortunately it didn't happen for us. We showed courage going forward but not in defence."


    Germany striker Mario Gomez: "It is incredible how slow time passed in the last few minutes. In the first half we played very well, but the final minutes have been very exhausting. But if you have Manuel Neuer in goal, you can stand such pressure. Nevertheless it was very nerve racking."


    Ollie in London on text: "Celebrated the Van Persie goal tonight as if I were Dutch - think that proves how important it is Arsenal hold on to him considering I'm English and a Gooner."

  8. 2213: 

    Here's a remarkable stat about Mario Gomez - he's only been in possession of the ball for 22 seconds in the tournament so far. He's scored three times.


    Andre Louro on Twitter: "There's always a big nation that disappoints in a major competition. This year's it's Holland. Leaderless."

    Adam Curnow on Twitter: "Dutch looked divided and unorganised. Robben's attitude summed it all up."

    Steve Marshall on Twitter: "Holland were dire again. The Germans were their methodical selves in-between moments of genius. Gomez only had four touches!"


    Jack in Shawford on text: "Despite Robben's actions being childish, if I had his talent and was substituted off for Dirk Kuyt when your team need a goal, I wouldn't be happy."


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "Why are Germany so good? We've got to look at it. They failed in Euro 2000. They sat down and spent £750m on youth development, on new academies, on training facilities and on developing coaches.

    "They made getting a coaching badge harder and they told coaches what to teach the kids. Now you're seeing them developing from being organised and efficient to playing as good football as the Dutch. That's what they've done - they've taken the strength of every other nation. That's what we need to do."

  12. 2207: 

    Let's have a quick look ahead to tomorrow's action then.

    First up is Croatia vs Italy in Poznan, which is live on BBC One from 16:45 BST, before Republic of Ireland take on defending champions Spain in Gdansk.

    A massive, massive test for Ireland...

    Martin Keown on MOTD in Kharkiv:

    "The rest of the teams are watching that in their hotels and it's a psychological blow.

    "But it's all about growing into the tournament and it's still all to play for. Germany were truly superb.

    "Huntelaar has to start. Van Persie came to the fore, it was a good reaction but it's tough for the Netherlands now and they almost need a miracle."

  14. 2157: 

    Germany are the first team to win both of their opening games, and they have won every competitive match they have played since they lost the World Cup semi-final to Spain two years ago. You wouldn't bet against the two sides meeting again would you?


    Benji in London on text: "That Van Persie goal could actually prove to be vital if second place is decided on goal difference..."

  16. 2151: 

    Just the eight goals today then. Is this the best tournament in recent years?


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has to start in the next game. Van Persie can always score, but Huntelaar will be a focal point in the box for Holland. On Sunday this Dutch team have to deliver and win the game."

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "If Gomez doesn't do it for Germany then they always have Klose. At the minute though Gomez is very confident having scored lots of goals for Bayern. He's a box player, and he can finish. His first goal tonight, the turn was fantastic."

  19. 2145: 

    We think a 2-0 win for the Netherlands against Portgual may be enough to qualify, so it's not mission impossible yet. If they start the game with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart then who knows? It will be well worth tuning in for that one anyway...

    Former England captain Alan Shearer on MOTD:

    "You've got to give Van Persie credit for the way he kept getting in there. A lot of centre-forwards refuse to get in there and are put off by their misses but he kept on going. They looked far more comfortable with that system in the second half and much more of a threat."


    Kristian Gray on Twitter: "I can't see how the Dutch can survive the group. They don't look like they are happy in the tournament or with each other."

    Stew Rogers on Twitter: "Serious reflecting due for the Dutch. A selfish Robben, strange starting squads, scrappy possession etc."

    Andy Knowles on Twitter: "Big result from the Germans. Very poor from the Dutch. Uphill task now for them."

    Alan Hansen on MOTD:

    "Netherlands came back into it and it was an exciting climax. The Germans had possession and quality and looked justifiable second favourites and then when Van Persie scored there was a spring in the Dutch step and they came back into it.

    "But it was too far for them. The Germans are reknowned for getting the job done. Defensively in the two games the Dutch haven't been good enough."

    Former England captain Alan Shearer on MOTD:

    "We've seen two great sides to the Germans. In the first half they were all about that movement and passing and when they were asked the question when Van Persie scored they didn't panic at all. They stood firm and I never thought they were in any trouble."


    Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf on MOTD: "They have to believe. The chance is still there. This is a hard defeat to cope with but they showed some good moments in the second half when they had Sneijder on the left. It's just a pity they couldn't' give even more.

    "The biggest disappointment is losing against the Germans but there's still a chance to go on. It will be disappointment but we have an opportunity to go and make it happen against the Portuguese.

    "Van der Vaart brought a different game for the Dutch and he was the extra man in the attack and that allowed the strikers to stay close to the box and become dangerous."


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "When Holland had the ball they looked a threat, but there wasn't enough in midfield to win the ball back from Germany. The Dutch game is based around the full-backs acting as wingers, but the full-backs remained as full-backs and they never pushed on.

    "The game got stretched and it was easy for the Germans to keep the ball and run the clock down. They did it very efficiently."

  26. 2138: 

    The Netherlands need to beat Portugal in their final game, hope Germany beat Denmark and also have the best goal difference of the three teams. Not impossible, and as Chris Waddle says, you can see this team scoring a few goals if it all clicks.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "It's been a very good game. I liked the way Holland played but they were punished at the back. Germany were very efficient and Gomez scored two good goals. But Holland aren't out. They can score three, four or five goals in a game."

  28. 2136: 

    That's it, Robin van Persie's fine goal proved in vain, and Germany are in pole position to qualify. A point against Denmark in their final game will send the Germans through - and nobody will want to play them.

  29. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Netherlands 1-2 Germany
  30. 2133: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR GERMANY- Lars Bender on for Thomas Mueller

    Suggs on Twitter: "Robben off, Kuyt on, right then we might get some passes into the box."

    Idriss Beniss on Twitter: "One of the worst substitutions ever. Robben off for Dirk Kuyt? The Oranje plane is being booked as we speak..."

    John McCook on Twitter: "Shame Holland couldn't start like this. May have got something out this match. Had decent chances 2nd half."

  32. 2133: 

    The youngster holds back Thomas Mueller

  33. 2131: 

    So close to a crazy third goal for Germany! Maarten Stekelenburg lets a backpass run across his body, Miroslav Klose is on to it in a flash and slides in to challenge him, with the ball running into the side-netting. So close to a cheap goal.

  34. 2129: 

    The former Manchester City man is booked for time wasting and it means that he misses the final game of the group stage.

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "There's no 'I' in team. It's not the first time we've seen something like that from Arjen Robben and it won't be the last. You know what 'team' stands for? Together everyone achieves more. I just made that up."

  36. 2127: 

    Rafael van der Vaart has done his bit to lift this Netherlands performance, and the Tottenham man plays a one-two before crunching a shot wide from range. Into the last five...

  37. 2126: 

    Arjen Robben vaulted the advertising boards on the far side of the field instead of coming across to be replaced and is doing a slow lap around on his own.

  38. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR NETHERLANDS- Dirk Kuyt on for Arjen Robben

    Robben is not happy about this. Not happy at all.

  39. 2124: 

    We are in to the last 10 minutes in Kharkiv.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "What a game. This has really livened up since Holland scored. Holland believe now they can get something, while Germany look a little bit worried. They're trying to keep their composure; they're under pressure. This is finely balanced."

  41. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR GERMANY- Toni Kroos on for Mesut Ozil

    Ozil has had a fabulous game. Silky to watch, but he's withdrawn now for Kroos.

  42. 2122: 

    A trademark Nigel de Jong - he clattered Philipp Lahm late


    Ravi Kooch on Twitter: "Get in Robin van Persie! About time you stepped it up. Come on Holland."

    Phil Heald on Twitter: "What a game we have now. This is going to be a super final 15 minutes..."

    Alex Steele on Twitter: "RVP - Rasping, Venomous, Precise. Oranje-BOOM!"

  44. 2120: 

    You would back any other team to feel the pressure now as the Dutch pour forward, but I'm not sure if Germany ever do.

  45. 2117: 

    That goal came seconds after Germany took Mario Gomez off. He must be their lucky charm. Germany almost fashion another opening though but Mesut Ozil takes a touch too much and is tackled by Nigel de Jong.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "What a fantastic goal. I'm pleased for Van Persie. He's missed chances in this tournament. We see every week in the Premier League how he scores. The sheer pace of the shot gets it past the keeper. 2-1, and game on."

  47. 2115: 
    GOAL- Netherlands (Robin van Persie, 73 mins) 1-2 Germany

    He's some player this Robin van Persie, and we have the Des Lynam of grandstand finishes on our hands here. The Arsenal man turns a defender sharply, advances forward and then crashes a right-foot shot through the legs of Holger Badstuber and right into the corner. Fantastic.

  48. 2114: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR GERMANY- Miroslav Klose on for Mario Gomez

    No hat-trick today for Gomez - he's hardly touched the ball in this half but he's done enough.

  49. 2113: 

    Brilliant football from the Dutch. Arjen Robben at his absolute best, beating two men on a mazy dribble before picking out Wesley Sneijder. His shot is on target, but thumps into the chest of Jerome Boateng. A very bright moment though.

  50. 2110: 

    We are trying to work out a scenario in which the Dutch can still qualify if they lose this game. It involves them stuffing Portugal in their final game by a lot of goals. Arjen Robben has another sight of goal but drags a shot wide.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Holland are giving the ball away cheaply in the middle and they have no recovery from the midfield, which is putting the Dutch back four under all sorts of pressure."

  52. 2108: 

    Almost from the Netherlands as Wesley Sneijder tries to pick out Arjen Robben with an intricate pass. It is cut out though. There are 25 minutes left in Kharkiv.


    Danny Till on Twitter: "Lahm is making Robben look like a League Two player. What a performance so far from the best full-back in the world."

    Ed Hewings on Twitter: "Hummels again excellent today. The Germans have got something special in the running haven't they?"

    Adam Connah on Twitter: "Robben goes down the right. Cuts back onto his left foot. Shoots. Over. Lather rinse repeat."

  54. 2104: 

    The Dutch may have to rely on individual brilliance - and here's another example as Wesley Sneijder sends in a dipping shot from 25 yards which almost finds the far corner. An excellent effort.

  55. 2103: 

    Germany are bossing this now, with that Robin van Persie chance very much against the run of play. Replacing Mark van Bommel may have boosted the Netherlands' attacking options, but Germany's midfield are having it far too easy in there. All sorts of time.

  56. 2100: 

    But hello, what's this? A sniff for the Dutch who maybe aren't done yet. Arjen Robben does look for someone else this time, picking out Robin van Persie who sends in a volley which Manuel Neuer does well to turn away. A good effort that time.

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "Arjen Robben never looks for anyone else - 'It's all about me'.

  58. 2058: 

    This is beginning to resemble Germany's 4-1 thumping of England two years ago. There are some demoralised faces out there at the moment which remind me of Matt Upson and Gareth Barry. They are such a hard team to get the better of, this German side.


    Stew Rogers on Twitter: "Well, it's now do or die for ‪Netherlands‬. Let's see if it's magic or misery."

    Laurence Whiteside on Twitter: "The English FA should look to Germany to see what a root and branch review looks like."

    James Britton on Twitter: "Ozil has that aura of invincibility about him that you only get with the very best. He makes those around him look like amateurs."

  60. 2054: 

    Mats Hummels comes over all Matthias Sammer, waltzing up the pitch from centre-half and firing in a low shot which Maarten Stekelenburg parries. It comes back to the defender and he has another dig, but it is a wek effort and the goalkeeper is able to palm it away. Germany are so comfortable.

  61. 2052: 

    Rafael van der Vaart wants the ball all the time, and he pings a cracking pass out wide to Arjen Robben, whose cross is cut out. Promising signs though, if the Dutch can get the likes of Robben on the ball they have a sniff of a chance. Maybe.


    Opta Sports on Twitter: "Germany (including West Germany) have won all 12 previous European Championship games in which they have been two goals up."

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Big responsibility on Nigel de Jong in midfield because, let's be honest, Van der Vaart is attracted to the ball. But the Dutch are obviously going for goals."

  64. 2049: 

    Let's see how Netherlands are lining up now then. Arjen Robben has come over to the left, with Robin van Persie on the right of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

    Martin Keown on MOTD in Kharkiv:

    "The Germans are so clinical. Gomez is stunning and it's almost embarrassing for the Dutch. It looks like the end of Van Bommel's international career. They're so rigid in midfield and Germany are so fluid. They have an extra player in the final third that the Dutch don't have.

    "It's almost out of their hands now. Van Persie still has something to offer. Still looks class but in front of goal it's just not happening for him."


    Dan on text: "Holland looked excellent until Germany scored. Since then it looks like they've just sulked and given up."

    Al from Norwich on text: "Sneijder, Van Persie, Robben - that's at least three stars of this Dutch squad that simply haven't turned up in this tournament. It's like watching England in 2010 all over again!"

  67. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Netherlands 0-2 Germany

    And Germany get us off and running...

  68. 2047: 

    Two changes for Netherlands at the break then, as expected.

  69. 2046: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR NETHERLANDS- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on for Ibrahim Afellay
  70. 2046: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR NETHERLANDS- Rafael van der Vaart on for Mark van Bommel
  71. 2045: 

    Clarence Seedorf believes there is still a chance for the Netherlands. Do we agree?


    England manager Roy Hodgson on MOTD:

    "I do know my team for the Sweden game but I haven't communicated that and we have 48 hours before the game so I wouldn't dream of suggesting what it would be.

    "We've worked out what we think is the best thing to do. I don't believe in possession statistics or shot statistics, they don't interest me one bit.

    "The Swedes are very well organised, hard to beat and hold their own at most major tournaments they've been to."


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "This game is very neutral in the middle of the park, with both sides cancelling each other out. The Germans have defended very well but Holland have defended very poorly. The difference? Van Persie hasn't taken his chances and Gomez has taken two."


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "This is the first time ever at a World Cup or European Championship that Netherlands have been two goals behind at half-time."

    Former England captain Alan Shearer on MOTD:

    "You get judged on the big tournaments and Robin van Persie has wasted three or four big chances in the first game and a couple now. In a competition like this you have to put those chances away."


    Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf on MOTD: "I had no problem with the start but the Germans are a team that grow into a game and they took their chances. The Germans are more confident going forward and we've seen five players into the box and the Dutch have sometimes two players in the box and that's the difference."


    Rob in Birmingham on text: "Germany are bullying the Dutch. If the Dutch come back and win, it will be the game of the tournament. Difficult to see how that will happen."

  78. 2037: 

    Clarence Seedorf is still smiling. He could do a job out there at the minute.

    Alan Hansen on MOTD:

    "The Germans came right back into it. Both teams have had problems defensively and now De Jong and Van Bommel are creatively doing nothing. Defensively they're poor as well which is not a good combination."

    Former England captain Alan Shearer on MOTD:

    "In the first half it's been men against boys. You saw Van Persie miss that chance and it just sucked the life out of the Dutch."

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "The Netherlands are all over the place. It will be fascinating to see what Bert van Marwijk does at half-time. Just take Willems off for his own sake, let alone the team. He's going from bad to worse The thing about the two German goals was just the simplicity of the passing."

  82. 2033: 

    Netherlands remain the only team yet to score in this tournament.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Same again from Holland. They dominated the ball and had two great chances at the start of the game. But the Dutch ball watch, and Germany have punished them. The Holland back four is a weakness."

  84. 2032: 

    Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk was wasting no time, he has already spoken to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart. Looks like they will both be coming on asap.

  85. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Netherlands 0-2 Germany
  86. 2031: 

    I'm dreading seeing Clarence Seedorf's face at the break. He seems such a nice bloke and he'll be gutted.


    Andy Davies on Twitter: "Netherlands just haven't shown up for this tournament. They left all their fancy skills and tricks at home."

    Ajay Deshpande on Twitter: "It's the age-old problem for Holland. A team full of superstars unable to play as a team."

    Luke Johnston on Twitter: "The Dutch might as well scrap their defence, it's that bad! Play Van der Vaart, Huntelaar and Kuyt instead. 1-1-8 formation!"

  88. 2029: 

    Robin van Persie plays a wretched pass out wide. Netherlands are in disarray here, you fancy Bert van Marwijk will have to make changes at the break.

  89. 2027: 

    Mario Gomez is now level with Alan Dzagoev in the race for the golden boot. So many people were getting on Gomez for that one, it looks a good bet now.


    Jake on text: "Ozil plays with such potent swagger. The real gem in that Real side."

    Owyn in Wales on text: "Mario Gomez reminds me of Pippo Inzaghi. You look at him sometimes and think he simply can't play football, but his ability to score a goal is outstanding."

    Jonty from London on text: "Van Persie is too isolated. He needs support from Huntelaar or Van der Vaart."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Poland & Ukraine:

    "So this is the same Mario Gomez who couldn't kick a ball straight in the Champions League Final. As for Stekelenburg..."

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "It's just the same routine isn't it? Schweinsteiger into Gomez, bang. Willems got sucked in again but they're really clever the way they work the ball and that is a brilliant finish. I'm not sure about the goalkeeper, he might have gone down a little bit early."

  93. 2025: 

    You do have to question the goalkeeper on that one. But Mario Gomez took it so well again.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "If Maarten Stekelenburg had stood his ground he could have caught that in his sleep. He was at fault."

  95. 2022: 
    GOAL- Netherlands 0-2 Germany (Mario Gomez, 38 mins)

    Mario Gomez is on fire! The Bayern block combine to craft another clinical strike. Gomez plays it to Thomas Mueller, he finds Bastian Schweinsteiger who slides Gomez in again. The angle is against the striker but he just lifts it over the goalkeeper and into the corner.

  96. 2021: 

    It should be 2-0! Mesut Ozil whips in the free-kick, Holger Badstuber is left completely unmarked four yards out, but he heads it straight at Maarten Stekelenburg. What a let-off.

  97. 2020: 

    Dutch full-back Jetro WIllems is having a hard time of it. He now brings down Thomas Mueller in a dangerous area.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Netherlands are dominating possession without looking like a threat any more. Holland look the better team football-wise, without threatening the Germany goal."

  99. 2018: 

    Wesley Sneijder has not been in this game at all. There doesn't look a great deal of belief from the Netherlands at the moment - it's only 1-0 boys...


    Opta Sports on Twitter: "Mario Gomez had five shots at Euro 2008 and scored no goals. He's had four shots so far at Euro 2012 and scored twice."

  101. 2016: 

    Germany can smell another one now. Thomas Mueller gets in behind the Netherlands' inexperienced full-back Jetro Willems and drills in a cross which predatory Mario Gomez can't quite stretch to reach.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Mario Gomez has now scored in five of his last six starts for Germany."

  103. 2015: 

    To clarify, more for my benefit than yours, Germany won't be through today even if they do win this.


    Daniel Warburton on Twitter: "My God, Gomez took that well. And what a pass."

    Carl Hathaway on Twitter: "Dear Mr Van Persie. That's how you score a goal."

    Tom Owens on Twitter: "Snazzy turn from Gomez. Reminiscent of a certain Dutch master?"

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "That's probably only Gomez's third touch of the game but doesn't he come alive when the ball comes into the area as we saw in the first game with his header? It's a great take, a great touch, and he just passes it into the back of the net. Quality. He's not had a sniff. Amazing."

  106. 2012: 

    There were times throughout the latter stages of the Champions League season when I wondered quite how Mario Gomez had scored so many goals for Bayern, he was hugely frustrating. But that was a brilliant take.

  107. 2011: 

    Netherlands need a quick response, and Arjen Robben has a go from way out and stings the palms of Manuel Neuer. Better.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Take nothing away from Gomez. Holland were playing for offside and were holding a line, but Gomez span and was definitely onside. Great goal."

  109. 2008: 
    GOAL- Netherlands 0-1 Germany (Mario Gomez, 24 mins)

    Class. Sheer class. Mario Gomez may have looked erratic throughout Bayern Munich's Champions League campaign, but he has now scored his second goal of this tournament with a quite brilliant bit of striking. Bastian Schweinsteiger picks him out with a crisp pass, and after a superb first touch and balletic turn, the big man steers in. Quality.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Have we hyped this German team too much for this tournament? I was at the Portugal game and for me Portugal dominated for long periods. Now Germany haven't really been in this game tonight..."

  111. 2007: 

    By all accounts the heat in Kharkiv is stifling, even at this time of night, and the match is very slow at the moment. This could be a tester on the legs.

  112. 2005: 

    Arjen Robben is bleeding after an aerial challenge, but the former Chelsea man will be fine to continue after a bit of patching up.

  113. 2003: 

    Poor ball from Ibrahim Afellay as he broke clear down the left - Robin van Persie was in if the Barcelona man had found a quality delivery there.


    Tim on text: "Have Bendtner and Van Persie been involved in some kind of Face/Off style mix-up?"

  115. 2002: 

    Arsenal fans will not be used to seeing Robin van Persie in this sort of touch - they've seen nothing of new boy Lukas Podolski yet.


    Steven Ansell on Twitter: "Quite an open start. Could be a good game for the neutral."

    Shane on Twitter: "Van Persie looks like he's trying too hard. Should/could have taken an extra touch on both efforts."

    Bob Kennedy on Twitter: "Is Robin van Persie burnt out?"

  117. 1959: 

    This is patient stuff from the Netherlands, they're bossing possession. Most of their attacks at the moment are coming through Arjen Robben down the right.

  118. 1958: 

    Tricky feet from Mesut Ozil again inside the area, he nutmegs Joris Mathijsen and wants a penalty after going down - but there's no chance of that. Netherlands break and win a corner.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Holland have been excellent. They make this game look so easy with one, two touches. They're all natural footballers and Nigel de Jong and Mark van Bommel are bossing it in the middle of the park."

  120. 1956: 

    A belated graphic for you as on second glance, that Mesut Ozil shot hit the post! Much closer than it first looked.

  121. 1955: 

    Robin van Persie has a sight of goal again, but this is a tricky ask. Netherlands break quickly, with Arjen Robben carrying the ball 40 yards before sliding a ball in on Van Persie's right. He shoots early but drags it across goal.


    Jason Phillips on Twitter: "Hope Van Persie has a cracker. He's been world class for the Gunners and will win the game for the Dutch if he does it again."

    Nick Hughes on Twitter: "Don't think I've ever, ever seen Robben use his right foot. Ever."

    Gary Snoad on Twitter: "Come on Holland, let's make the Group of Death a winner-takes-all on the last game."

  123. 1954: 

    Chance for Germany now as Mezut Ozil thrashes in a volley from the edge of the area but Maarten Stekelenburg is right behind it. This one has come alive.

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "What was Hummels doing? He had no idea that Van Persie had gone and if that had been in the Premier League it would have been nestling in the net - he could even have had another touch."

  125. 1951: 

    Big chance for Netherlands! And again Robin van Persie doesn't deliver the goods. Joris Mathijsen sends a speculative long ball forward, German defender Mats Hummels lets it go, and Van Persie has a free volley but hits it right at Manuel Neuer in the German goal. He should have done better.

  126. 1950: 

    It's a steady start. Both sides feeling their way into the game.

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "It's a confident start by Netherlands, I must say. The stadium's buzzing, and look at this amount of orange! There are so many of them with wigs and the lot!"

  128. 1948: 

    Plenty of movement from the Dutch - with Robin van Persie pulling wide and dropping deep at times. Germany are yet to threaten.

    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson in Kharkiv:

    "They are playing two identical systems so I hope they don't cancel each other out. The Netherlands played well enough against Denmark to win two games and don't need to beat themselves up about it but it's the enemy and it's fair to say they absolutely hate each other."

    Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Germany are the biggest side in this competition. They're a threat. We know about their strength, their movement, they've got good technique and they've got legs. They're the tallest side as well, but saying that they looked very vulnerable at set pieces against Portugal."

  131. 1946: 

    Strong start from the Dutch, plenty of fluid movement and one-touch passing - and it's 70 seconds before a German touches the ball.

  132. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Netherlands v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Game on...

  133. 1943: 

    Germany are ranked number three in the world, Netherlands fourth. Nothing in it.


    John Hatzakis on Twitter: "This game promises to be a cracker! Can't wait now! A Holland win would shake this Group of Death right up!"

    Eli Caywood on Twitter: "Going with Germany, stronger all around. Netherlands got the stuffing knocked out of them. I expect a good game but Germany all the way."

    Oliver Cook on Twitter: "Sometimes club football just cannot get close to international rivalries. This better be a cracker."

  135. 1943: 

    Referee Jonas Eriksson points to the 'respect' sign on his shirt before addressing captains Mark van Bommel and Philipp Lahm. Good luck with that one...

  136. 1941: 

    Gritted teeth from Arjen Robben throughout a fiery Dutch effort. 7/10.

  137. 1940: 

    A fairly subdued German effort I thought - 6/10.

  138. 1939: 

    The teams are out, there's a sea of Orange at one end of the stadium, it's national anthem time.

    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I would love to see the colourful Dutch win the game, and I want them to win the game. But it will be difficult for them, and I'm expecting a German victory."

  140. 1938: 

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Miroslav Klose were the leading scorers throughout qualifying for this tournament - but neither of them can get a start. Mind you, replacements Mario Gomez and Robin van Persie haven't had bad seasons...

  141. 1937: 

    The last time they met was a friendly in November in Hamburg, when Germany beat a weakened Dutch side 3-0 - the Oranje's heaviest defeat since a 4-1 loss against England at Euro 1996.

    Martin Keown on MOTD in Kharkiv:

    "This fixture is a little bit special. When you think of the Germans, you think how effective they are, but tonight they will be looking to play quality football. The Portugal win over Denmark helps the Dutch, but it will be tough for them. I'm sure they will play with much more ruthlessness tonight than they did in the first match."

  143. 1931: 

    Miroslav Klose is an option from the bench these days but what an option to have. The Lazio man has bagged 63 times for his country, including 16 goals in major tournament finals. That is very, very tasty.

  144. 1925: 

    Just a reminder that a win for the Netherlands tonight would leave all three teams on three points. Which would be nice. There may be genuine animosity between these two nations but nobody's told Arjen Robben and Miroslav Klose - the former Bayern Munich team-mates embrace warmly.


    Scott Kelly on Twitter: "Joris Mathijsen back in defence could be vital for Holland. Ron Vlaar looked shaky in the first game. Hoping for a good attacking game."

    Will Harrison on Twitter: "Sick of people saying the Germans are just an efficient team. They have one of the flair players of the tournament in Ozil."

    Sean Burke on Twitter: "Germany v Holland could be the best game of the Euros so far..."


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "In Holland players have to be able to play football. Even the goalkeeper has to be able to play football.

    "They're more bothered about possession and they're very analytical in how to beat the opposition. They want to know how they can beat other teams in terms of numbers in each of the three thirds. We don't do that. We have to develop our game."

  147. 1923: 

    I for one am really looking forward to seeing Lukas Podolski in the Premier League - he's only just turned 27, but this will be his 99th cap. Amazing.

    Alan Hansen on MOTD:

    "They genuinely don't like each other and that's great for us, great to watch. Potentially we have a classic on our hands here."

  149. 1917: 
    LINE-UPS- Netherlands v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Netherlands: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, Nigel De Jong, Van Bommel, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Vlaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul.

    Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez. Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schurrle, Klose, Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Reus, Zieler.

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

  150. 1915: 

    Robin van Persie had a bad day at the office against Denmark last week - after coach Bert van Marwijk kept faith with him up front on his own, the pressure is on for him to deliver. Arsenal fans know all about his class - and they can get a closer look at new signing Lukas Podolski as well.


    Former Wolfsburg and England manager, and current FC Twente boss, Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "Germany are all efficiency and Holland are all flair. My experience with Holland is that they're always vulnerable at the back. But that's the Dutch philosophy and that's how they play. The Germans can play badly but win on efficiency, organisation and ability."

  152. 1912: 
    Netherlands v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar once again has to be content with a place on the Netherlands bench for the Group B clash with fierce rivals Germany, despite being the continent's top scorer in qualifying with 12 goals in eight games. The Dutch make one change from their defeat to Denmark, with first-choice centre-back Joris Mathijsen coming in for Ron Vlaar. Germany field the same team that beat Portugal 1-0.

  153. 1910: 

    Don't forget to get involved on Twitter and via text - what do you reckon will happen tonight?

    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This is a difficult one. I just feel the Dutch side are slightly on the wane. I look at the midfielders and I feel they're losing a little bite. I thought Robben was very poor towards the end of the season and particularly against Chelsea. The German side to me looks organised and strong in every position, and though I expect an ebb and flow game I fancy the Germans."

    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at Metalist Stadium:

    "Holland played well in the last game. They created enough chances to win two games. I fancy them tonight to beat Germany."

    BBC Sport's Barry Davies:

    "Everyone has made the familiar mistake of making huge judgements from the first group match. Let's wait and see.

    "But Netherlands vs Germany should be a great game. The Dutch have got themselves in their usual position at the start of a tournament. Whoever they have to beat, they always have to beat themselves first. Historically that is always the case."

  157. 1906: 

    I had a quick word with legendary commentator Barry Davies earlier. Want to hear what he thinks about tonight's game?


    Simon G on Twitter: "Best game so far of ‪Euro 2012‬ for me. Plenty of goals and excitement. Hoping for a Dutch win to make the group more open."

    Jacob Taylor on Twitter: "What a game. I flipping love the Euros. Why they're adding more teams for France 2016 I don't know."

    Mike Jones on Twitter: "I'm looking forward to tonight's game. Germany should have too much for the Dutch."


    Former England manager Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "Netherlands have got tremendous attacking players but they are vulnerable at the back. They should have scored against Denmark, they were trying to walk it into the net, but they did play great football.

    "They will continue to produce that and they will score goals. Tonight is a very difficult game, because Germany are a team that have got the lot."

    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There was lazy defending in that Denmark game, despite the fine goals and fine entertainment. It's fantastic that the much-maligned Bendtner has outperformed the celebrated Ronaldo. Fantastic."

  161. 1904: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Netherlands v Germany (19:45 BST)

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is again on the bench for Netherlands, who make one change - while Germany are unchanged.


    Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf on MOTD: "These are the games that you have to win. Everyone is motivated and wants to play, this generation of players are all speaking out and are ready to play."

  163. 1900: 

    Will the Dutch be tempted to go 4-4-2?

  164. 1859: 

    This is one of the classic rivalries in world football, and we are all hoping for another top instalment. I will have the teams for you shortly, and you can of course watch the game live on BBC One and on this website.

  165. 1855: 

    That win is also good news for the Dutch, as they can not be mathematically eliminated tonight, whatever their result against the Germans.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "It was another great game. That is the match of the tournament so far, which went from one end to the other. Both sides decided to be aggressive, to go for it and try to score goals. This was a great game, and a fantastic advert for football."

  167. 1853: 

    What a tasty hors d'oeuvre that was then, it keeps the Group of Death fairly hazardous for all concerned and now we have the meaty main course of Netherlands v Germany.

  168. 1852: 
    FULL-TIME- Denmark 2-3 Portugal
  169. 1852: 

    That could be that.

  170. 1851: 

    Danish substitute Lasse Schone has the chance, the ball finds him on the right but he has a rush of blood to the head and thumps it over.


    Tokunbo on Twitter: "I was laughing at the miss... and boy, did he make up for it."

    Tom Evans on Twitter: "Best game of the Euros by far! Germany-Holland has a lot to live up to."

    Oliver Cook on Twitter: "Ronaldo is going to be a very relieved man after that goal. Just waiting for Bendtner to finish his hat-trick now..."

  172. 1849: 
    YELLOW CARD FOR PORTUGAL- Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo gets in the referee's book eventually - but it's for a trip on William Kvist

  173. 1848: 

    We are into stoppage time now, as Denmark shove Daniel Agger up front.

  174. 1848: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR DENMARK- Lasse Schone on for Michael Krohn-Dehli
  175. 1846: 

    Credit to Portugal, they didn't look like coming back after that sucker punch from Nickals Bendtner but found a goal in the end. This group is still alive.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "The strike for the goal is fantastic, on the turn. There was no chance for the goalkeeper. What a goal. There was hardly any time for them to go and get what might well be the winner. What a strike."

  177. 1844: 
    GOAL- Denmark 2-3 Portugal (Silvestre Varela, 87 mins)

    Great hit, and substitute Silvestre Varela could have rescued Portugal with a winner. A cross from the left picks out the substitute - who has just come on. He swings with his left foot and makes no connection at all, but then connects with his right foot and bullets the ball into the corner.

  178. 1844: 

    It's just not happening for Cristiano Ronaldo. A corner falls on his instep but he can't strike the ball properly and it squirms away. There are four minutes left.


    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "The second best player in the world is on the pitch right now, and it ain't Ronaldo. Take a bow Nicklas Bendtner!"

    Chris Phethean on Twitter: "Great comeback from Denmark - surprise package of the tournament?"

    Keval Shah on Twitter: "Penny for Ronaldo's thoughts after that awful miss. Bendtner punishes him brilliantly."

  180. 1843: 

    Here's the sign of a lethal striker - Nicklas Bendtner has only been in the penalty area twice all game - and he's netted from both occasions. The fox in the box...

  181. 1841: 

    A point here is very good news for Denmark, and very bad news for Portugal, who will probably need to beat the Netherlands in their final game to have any chance of going through. But there are plenty of ways that scenario could yet change.

  182. 1840: 

    The Danish right-back is cautioned for a late challenge.

  183. 1840: 

    Portugal will be kicking themselves. Or maybe kicking Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Never mind Ronaldo. Nicklas Bendtner told us years ago he was the man. There was never any doubt. He rose and headed it in at the near post. Game on at 2-2. Now, what is Denmark's mindset? Do they want to go on and win this, or will they be happy for the draw?"

  185. 1837: 
    GOAL- Denmark (Nicklas Bendtner, 80 mins) 2-2 Portugal

    Another header in this tournament, and what a minute for Denmark. Cristiano Ronaldo should have wrapped this one up, but then Nicklas Bendtner heads them level. Lars Jacobsen sends in the cross from the right, Bendtner loses his man and thumps a header in off the post. Remarkable.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "I don't know how to explain that. You have to see this. It was a fantastic first-time pass by Nani. Ronaldo was all on his own with just the keeper to beat... never mind not scoring, he completely missed the target. That was a goal all day, and a player of his calibre should never miss a chance like that. Incredible."


    Lewis James Brown in Twitter: "Re Pete (1822) Agger is a tattoo artist and does the Liverpool and Danish ink, hence the artful display."

  188. 1837: 

    Good grief! Miss of the tournament time from Mr C. Ronaldo. Nani finds him in oceans of space, he has all the time in the world. He could walk around goalkeeper Stephan Andersen but takes the shot early, only to side-foot the ball two or three yards wide. Woeful.

  189. 1835: 

    It's another good delivery, but this time goalkeeper Rui Patricio is out well to gather.

  190. 1834: 

    Denmark win a free-kick in a decent area.

  191. 1832: 

    He is mortal after all. Cristiano Ronaldo beats two men down the left but his cross is horrible. Shanked away behind goal like a League Two full-back.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray in Lviv:

    "This is as relaxed as I've seen Portugal coach Paulo Bento and I don't think I've seen him sitting down often in this tournament, although the eyes give away the state of mind."


    Tom on text: "This notion that players need to perform on the international stage to prove their greatness is absurd. Ronaldo is one player in a team. Portugal are a mediocre team so it's impossible for him to play to his full potential."

    Jonah from London on text: "Very impressed with Denmark this tournament. They've managed to hold against massive teams so far and I'm interested, as I'm sure are others, to see how far they can actually get."

  194. 1829: 

    And that's good play from Nicklas Bendtner. He makes a chance all on his own, beating a man before slicing his shot wide. Denmark are not out of this one yet.

  195. 1828: 

    Nelson Oliveira has taken up that central striking role since coming on, he certainly looks more mobile than Helder Postiga. Now he has his first shot, engineering some space on his left to crack in a low drive but it's easy for Stephan Andersen.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "They're definitely increasing the tempo, Denmark. They're committing more and more people forward. You can feel another goal coming, but it could go either way. There are possibilities on the counter-attack for Portugal."

  197. 1825: 

    Just over 20 minutes to go now, and Demark are definitely posing more of a threat. Can Portugal close this out?


    Paul Seaton on Twitter: "It does look like the sheer physical effort of the rear-guard action against Holland has left Denmark's defence looking leggy."

    Chris Perez-Diaz on Twitter: "Re Mesh (1814) I'm a fan of the Danish kit - a mix of traditional collar and modern flair. Very smart."

    Pete Fitzgerald on Twitter: "So which player at these finals has the most tattoos? There's some serious ink on show in this game."

  199. 1822: 

    Another good cross from Denmark sub Tobias Mikkelsen has Portugal scrambling, but Pepe gets there to put it over the top.

  200. 1821: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR PORTUGAL- Nelson Oliveira on for Helder Postiga
  201. 1821: 

    Substitute Tobias Mikkelsen has livened Denmark up. He skips past his man but then puts a poor cross in. Our texter from earlier will be pleased to know that Nelson Oliveira is warming up for Portugal.

  202. 1819: 

    Cracking effort from Danish midfielder William Kvist! Clean as a whistle, Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio is never getting anywhere near this but it flies inches wide. Almost a blockbuster of an equaliser.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "It is Dennis Rommedahl's hamstring. He overstretched. That's the end of his game, which gives Denmark a problem as that's the second substitution they've been forced to make today through injury."

  204. 1818: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR DENMARK- Tobias Mikkelsen on for Dennis Rommedahl

    That could be that for Rommedahl as an international footballer - his 118th cap ends in injury.

  205. 1817: 

    This could be game over for Dennis Rommedahl. We've seen nothing from him to be honest but he sets off on a run down the flank and pings a hamstring. Ouch indeed.


    Mesh Johal on Twitter: "We will look back at this tournament like the 1994‬ World Cup - so many awful shirts on show!"

  207. 1814: 

    Miguel Veloso bends his wand-like left foot around another free-kick and puts it right in the goalmouth, but it's more good goalkeeping from Stephan Andersen to fist it away. The keeper has been very solid so far.

  208. 1813: 

    Nani skips past Poulsen on the touchline and the substitute crudely chops him down.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "10 of the 26 goals in ‪Euro 2012‬ have now come from headers - 38%."

  210. 1812: 

    Helder Postiga is in on goal, Portugal have a man over momentarily, but Postiga is far too slow to get away and Simon Kjaer is able to recover.

  211. 1810: 

    Portugal are going for the killer third goal now. Nani has his left-back Simon Poulsen on toast here, skipping past him far too easily and driving in a low shot which Stephan Andersen fields at the near post. One more will do it you'd think...


    Ashley Hames on Twitter: "If it were possible, it appears that Cristiano Ronaldo has actually put even more hair product in."

    Vignesh Karthi on Twitter: "Great game so far. Hope for more goals and drama - will be great if Denmark get a point out of it."

    Ojan Rohani on Twitter: "A lot of headed goals this tournament. If only England had Big Sam!"

  213. 1809: 

    That could prove to be a big save for Denmark - but Cristiano Ronaldo didn't hit it. You expect better from the great man there.

  214. 1808: 

    Portugal may be content to sit back now - but they are deadly on the break. One 40-yard pass from Nani is all it takes to cut Denmark open and set Cristiano Ronaldo free down the left. He runs in on goal, I expected the net to bulge, but his shot is tame and Stephan Andersen makes the save easily.

  215. 1806: 

    Denmark have certainly had more of the ball since the re-start. Can they do anything with it?

    Jan Molby on Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Full-backs bomb forward in these Championships, becoming extra attackers. So for Denmark, Poulsen will attack, leaving space for Ronaldo to exploit."


    Jon in Manchester on text: "It annoys me when people label Ronaldo a flat-track bully. What does that make everyone else? The boy is class. The best European player of his generation."

    From Mich on text: "Look how much better Portugal are playing with Ronaldo in more of a free role getting the ball and influencing the play. You get much more out of him rather than sticking him on the wing."

  218. 1803: 

    What can Denmark do differently this half? They were devoid of any threat at all in the first 45 minutes but if they can sneak another goal they will be delighted with a point.

  219. 1802: 
    KICK-OFF- Denmark 1-2 Portugal

    And now we are off...

  220. 1802: 

    The teams are back out now.


    Dan in Manchester on text: "Can't wait to see Nelson Oliveira come on. He is Portugal's most exciting young player."

  222. 1758: 

    Roberto Di Matteo has been speaking after he was confirmed as Chelsea boss on a two-year deal.

    "We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club," said the 42-year-old.

    "Our aim is to continue building on that and I'm already looking forward to the squad's return for pre-season."

  223. 1756: 

    That was Nicklas Bendtner's 19th goal for his country. Not too shabby.

  224. 1753: 

    Stiff and stodgy, that sums up the defending for that Denmark goal perfectly. Denmark will have to up the ante a great deal to find an equaliser though, they were not at the races during that half.

    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We've got some stiff, stodgy defenders on show, which is making for a good game with all these sharp attackers. It should be a very interesting second half here in what is an exciting game."

  226. 1749: 

    Some big domestic news for you to digest over a half-time brew: BT has secured the rights to broadcast 38 Premier League games for each of the seasons from 2013-14 to 2015-16. BSkyB will continue to show the majority of matches, securing 116 games per season in a deal worth £3bn - a rise of 70% on the present deal.

  227. 1748: 

    So another good half of football in this tournament. Denmark looked dead and buried at 2-0 down, but that Nicklas Bendtner goal has given them a lifeline.

  228. 1748: 
    HALF-TIME- Denmark 1-2 Portugal

    George Lancaster on Twitter: "Cheeky Danish goal. They're weirdly decent are Denmark."

    Joseph Taylor on Twitter: "Denmark scoring against the run of play. I feel sorry for Portugal - they don't deserve that."

    Ed Gidney on Twitter: "Postiga and Bendtner scoring? North London heroes!"

  230. 1744: 

    We may mock Helder Postiga, but he's joined a pretty exclusive club with that goal. He is the sixth different player to score in three European Championship finals after Thierry Henry, Vladimir Smicer, Nuno Gomes, Jurgen Klinsmann and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

  231. 1743: 

    Portugal spring back into the attack, with Nani darting in a cross from the right, but goalkeeper Stephan Andersen does well to keep out Helder Postiga at the near post.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "They worked that ever so well, Denmark. That's the first thing the Danes have shown in this match, going forward."

  233. 1743: 

    That was rubbish defending from Portugal though. Nicklas Bendtner will never score an easier goal for his country.

  234. 1740: 
    GOAL- Denmark (Nicklas Bendtner, 41 mins) 1-2 Portugal

    Out of nothing, Denmark have one back, and Nicklas Bendtner continues his fine record against Portugal. That's five in five against them now. Lars Jacobsen hoists the ball forward, Michael Krohn-Dehli beats the offside trap to head back across goal, and Bendtner has an easy header into an open net.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "If you're Portuguese you'll think that was a beautiful goal. If you're Danish, you'll hang your head in shame. That was poor defending. Now players like Eriksen need to stand up for Denmark. The goalkeeper and defence did so well against Netherlands - now it's the turn of the others."


    Ben in Sheffield on text: "Those goals means Holland are the only team yet to score in the Euros."

  237. 1737: 

    I just couldn't see Denmark hanging on. They've looked very poor in this half.

  238. 1735: 
    GOAL- Denmark 0-2 Portugal (Helder Postiga, 36 mins)

    Get the boy back to Tottenham - a great finish from Helder Postiga! But Denmark were guilty of some very slack defending as Nani was allowed all the time in the world to steady himself and pick out Postiga in space. The striker thumped it into the roof of the net.

  239. 1734: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo takes it - it hits the man on the end of the wall and loops just over the top. Portugal are all over Denmark here though, the Danes will do well to get to the break without conceding another.

  240. 1733: 

    Danger here. Again it's Cristiano Ronaldo who beats two men and then goes down under a challenge just as he is about to pull the trigger. Free-kick.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray in Lviv:

    "You can tell something from the expressions of the Portuguese players. I think raw meat must have been on order in the Portugal dressing room for the pre-match meal."

  242. 1730: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo again picks up the ball in a central area - and danger ensues. He beats a man in midfield and slides a lovely pass through for Helder Postiga, but the striker can't quite catch up with it. Ronaldo has to be down the middle - he's by far the biggest threat.


    Ben Jones on Twitter: "Really cracking header. Portuguese delivery into the box is excellent. Here's hoping it's the shot in the arm this game needs."

    Neil Graham on Twitter: "Denmark defence asleep. A good header but a soft goal to concede."

    Eric Brown on Twitter: "Can't see Denmark getting anything out of this. Nothing going on up front for them."

  244. 1728: 

    The Chelsea man sticks out a cynical hand to prevent Michael Krohn-Dehli from streaking away through the middle.

  245. 1728: 

    Another corner, another fine ball in by Joao Moutinho, but Denmark get away with it this time.

  246. 1726: 

    Denmark's tactics are an issue now. If you set out to contain, and then fall behind, you are in trouble. Will Morten Olsen change it?

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "That is a great delivery into the near post, and Pepe attacks the space and gets away from his marker. The goalkeeper couldn't react as it was only six yards out. I think Agger was assigned to pick up Pepe, but he lost him. It's game on."

  248. 1724: 
    GOAL- Denmark 0-1 Portugal (Pepe, 25 mins)

    This is what the doctor ordered for Portugal, who are up and running in Euro 2012 now. Moments after Miguel Veloso's free-kick causes chaos in the Danish area, a fantastic corner from Joao Moutinho is headed in at the near post by Pepe.

  249. 1722: 

    We've seen nothing from Denmark as an attacking force in the last 10 minutes. It's hard to see where they can hurt Portugal at the moment, their wide men have not been involved and Nicklas Bendtner has done nothing.

  250. 1721: 

    Portugal free-kick from near the touchline, so obviously Cristiano Ronaldo has a shot. He gets right under the ball though and it lands in row L. That's a real waste.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray in Lviv:

    "There's always a professorial look about Morten Olsen even if he can't find a pocket for his pen. That'll be a straight swap in midfield and Poulsen has been around the squad for three years now. He's experienced enough and most of his football has been played in his own country."

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "That's what happens when Ronaldo is on the ball. He draws defenders towards him, which creates space for somebody else. For a man of his ability, from there Ronaldo should hit the target."

  253. 1719: 

    Big chance for a big player - but Cristiano Ronaldo fluffs his lines. Raul Meireles hits a hopeful shot from range, it is blocked by a defender but sits up nicely for Ronaldo on the edge of the area. He mishits his shot though, way wide. It wasn't easy - but for the most expensive player in the world it's a good opening.

  254. 1716: 

    I didn't see what happened to Niki Zimling there but he had his hands up straight away. It's a straight swap though, Jakob Poulsen will take his place in the middle.

  255. 1716: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR DENMARK- Jakob Poulsen on for Niki Zimling

    John from Kent on text: "I hope the Danes get the win today. Ronaldo is a great player but exudes too much arrogance. Come on you Danes..."

    Connor on text: "Without padding his ego further, I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for Ronaldo being in such a painfully average team."

  257. 1714: 

    Injury for Denmark here - Niki Zimling has signalled to the bench that it's all over.

  258. 1713: 

    Chelsea have confirmed they have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their permanent manager and first-team coach on a two-year contract.

  259. 1712: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo comes central and gets the ball - a few lollipops later and Nani floats in a very good cross which Lars Jacobsen has to hack clear. The corner is fizzed in and Stephan Andersen has to be brave to punch clear.


    Matthew Kennedy on Twitter: "Doesn't look like either team have much to come off the bench..."

    Oz Chaudhry on Twitter: "Eriksen looks a great prospect. Would be a great signing for any top six Premier League club."

    George Davies on Twitter: "Ronaldo needs to perform internationally to prove he is one of the best players ever."

  261. 1711: 

    But that's a better cross from Joao Pereira - Raul Meireles almost finds Nani inside the area, the ball pings out to the right-back and he whips in an inviting ball across the face of goal but it's defended very well. Portugal have just upped the pace a notch. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball yet by the way...

  262. 1709: 

    Portugal attack down the right through Nani, the ball is worked back out to full-back Joao Pereira who slings in a cross looking for Cristiano Ronaldo at the back stick, but he overcooks it and it goes out of play. Nothing of any real quality to report as yet.

  263. 1706: 

    Another fine tackle by Pepe stops Dennis Rommedahl from getting a cross in. It's been pretty open so far.

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Denmark have started the game well. The players are showing great energy and they all want to be on the ball."

  265. 1705: 

    A decent bit of defending that from Pepe. Portugal now back on the attack, and for the moment anyway, Cristiano Ronaldo is stationed out on that left-hand side.

  266. 1703: 

    Denmark force a corner now but it goes short and is wasted. A second one goes in and it falls kindly for Christian Eriksen - but his shot is blocked by Pepe.

  267. 1701: 

    Portugal are first to settle into their rhythm, some patient passing in defence, but then they try and hit Cristiano Ronaldo over the top and it runs out of play.


    Will in Kidderminster on text: "I still don't understand why Portugal don't play Cristiano Ronaldo up front on his own. They have quality enough in midfielders and wingers as well as him being a perfect target man..."

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Both teams will go for this. Denmark will want the win, while Portugal know they have to win the remain in the competition."

  270. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF- Denmark v Portugal

    We are off...

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray in Lviv:

    "There was something in Ronaldo's demeanour there that shows he knows just what this game means."


    Darren on text: "Re James (1631) I got married after the Brazil game in 2002. I was gutted, the vicar was gutted. Wife not impressed."

  273. 1657: 

    Denmark, also an 8/10 for me. It was nearly all too much for Niki Zimling. He was breaking down. All set for kick-off now...


    Oli Browling on Twitter: "I fancy the Dutch and Portuguese teams to win today, making the next round of matches unmissable."

    Saxo on Twitter: "I can see plenty of goals in this match, but I think Denmark will be able to match Portugal and pull off a draw."

    Dan Thomas on Twitter: "After a disappointing first game, Ronaldo will be all set for this one. As will his hair."

  275. 1655: 

    Portugal - 8/10. Excellent volume and gusto, though Cristiano Ronaldo didn't join in and was looking at the floor. Must do better.

  276. 1654: 

    The teams are out - it's anthem time.


    Henry in Nantwich on text: "Holland can lose today and STILL qualify! If Portugal win today, then lose to Holland and Germany beat Denmark we'd have three teams on three points and all games played! Who goes through then?"

    What happens then Henry, is we will ring you...

  278. 1651: 

    If Denmark draw or win, then the Dutch can't afford to lose.

    If they draw vs Germany, they'd be reliant upon the Danes beating Germany on matchday three - and then beating Portugal themselves (plus ensuring a better goal difference than Germany).

    I think that's right...

  279. 1650: 

    If Portugal win, then the Netherlands cannot be knocked out today - even if they lose.

    Denmark go through if they win, and the Netherlands fail to win.

    Germany will qualify if they win AND Portugal fail to win.

    With me so far?

  280. 1648: 

    The sun has gone in a bit in Lviv, it doesn't look anywhere near as hot as it did an hour ago. We are 15 minutes from kick-off though, and I shall now attempt to bring you the permutations for both of these teams this afternoon...

  281. 1643: 

    Jan Molby is not messing about is he? He's written Portugal off a treat there. Let's hope Paulo Bento doesn't have 5 live on in the changing rooms...

    Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Forget the Portugal of 10 or 12 years ago, when they'd come to these tournaments as contenders. They're not anymore. They have some good players, but they have some very average players. But I thought they played well against Germany and that, for a Denmark fan, is a worry."

  283. 1637: 

    Anyone hope the Dutch give Clarence Seedorf the coach's job soon? I'd like to see his side line-up. He's a Dutch Kevin Keegan.


    Former AC Milan midfielder and Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf on BBC Radio 5 live: "I would start Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie together, and I would also change the way we play. When you have two strikers who have scored together more than 60 goals in major competitions, I would start them. I would also play Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben too."


    Daniel Law on Twitter: "Today will be a good chance to see the Portuguese open up and play some good football; Danes shouldn't be underestimated though."

    Rish on Twitter: "Fancy the boy Ronaldo to bag the first hat-trick of the tournament today. Portugal have got to be more attacking than first match."

    Ishan Islam on Twitter: "I think Portugal will find it tough to attack today. Danes managed to frustrate a below-par but nonetheless superb Dutch attack."

  286. 1632: 

    I was there with you James - not literally, that would be just weird.


    James in Notts on text: "In the 2002 World Cup I remember watching Ronaldinho's cross/shot sail over David Seaman's head early in the morning to knock us out, then trying to do my English Literature A Level exam a few hours later through pure heartbreak. I couldn't write anything for the first hour."

  288. 1631: 

    We have a Scottish referee today as well - Craig Thomson has the whistle. There haven't been any red cards since the two in the opening game, and we've not even had a penalty since day one. Will Thommo be getting the cards out?


    AC Milan midfielder and former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's important for Netherlands to show everybody that what happened in the first game was an accident, and more importantly that we can play good football. Everyone knows Germany are favourites, but people in Holland want their team to show they are going for the win. It's not about how they play and who they play. In the last game they never created the sense the whole team was attacking. That's not Dutch."

  290. 1626: 

    Charlton fans will remember Dennis Rommedahl who starts for Denmark this afternoon. He won't be quite as rapid as he used to be but he will still be a threat down the right-hand side. On the left is Brondby's Michael Krohn-Dehli, who scored the only goal against Holland and took it very, very well indeed.

  291. 1625: 
    LINE-UPS- Denmark v Portugal (17:00 BST)

    Denmark: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner. Subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel.

    Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto.

    Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)


    Michael Chivala on Twitter: "Denmark v Portugal. Who will take their chances? Recent form favours the Danes. Gotta love the underdogs."

    Mashidur Miah on Twitter: "I think we might see Group of Death becoming the Group of Upset and say bye bye to Portugal and Holland today!"

    Hani Nyabam on Twitter: "Predicting a score draw between Denmark and Portugal, and the Dutch winning. Okay yes, I want a scintillating final day in Group B."

  293. 1622: 

    There are some serious haircuts and tattoos on display this afternoon. My mother would not approve at all. Check out Miguel Veloso's barnet if you can. Very early 1990s, to be worn with ripped stonewash denim if at all possible.

    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's a fascinating group. Everyone expected the Dutch to win their first game against Denmark. The Danes resisted the Dutch but were slightly fortunate not to concede. Can they do that for another 90 minutes? You would expect Portugal to be able to conjure up a goal or two.

    "Second games like these are usually much better. Teams begin to open their play out, because they realise that if they don't try and score they could be on their way home."

  295. 1620: 

    So there's no man-marker for Cristiano Ronaldo, and instead it is former Everton, West Ham and Blackburn man Lars Jacobsen who is likely to come up against him. Hope you slept well Lars...

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Arena Lviv:

    "Denmark have a relatively good record against the Portuguese. We played them back in October in a qualifying game in Copenhagen - we beat them 2-1 and played ever so well on the day. I have to say, since then Portugal seem to have become a better team. Today's going to be tough. If Denmark win, they sail into the quarter-finals."

  297. 1615: 
    Denmark v Portugal (17:00 BST)

    Both nations name unchanged sides from their opening Group B games. Denmark coach Morten Olsen decides against drafting in Michael Silberbauer, who had been tipped for a man-marking role on Portugal's dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo. Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner again starts as the Danes' focal attacking point on a landmark 50th appearance for his country. Portugal boss Paulo Bento sticks with Helder Postiga up front, despite the former Tottenham striker failing to muster one shot on goal against Germany.

  298. 1614: 

    Exam leave and major tournaments go hand-in-hand. I can link a direct correlation to my poor A-level performance and the World Cup of 2002. Those stupid early-morning kick-offs did me no favours whatsoever.

    They can't take the memories away from you though Chris. I don't remember much about my exams, but I remember Michael Owen scoring against Brazil as if it was yesterday...


    Chris from Kent on text: "RE Keval at 15:57. Funny you should say that. I'll be revising for an A-level Maths exam tomorrow by closely monitoring the scorelines of the matches this evening. No doubt I'll also revise for a Biology exam on Friday by analysing the fitness of the players during tomorrow evening's matches......Euros came at a wonderful time for students did they not?"


    AC Milan midfielder and former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf on BBC Radio 5 live: "Denmark are a team you need to respect. They have a great team spirit and are well organised. It was a surprise when they beat Netherlands as the Dutch had many chances, but they are a team you need to be careful about. They try to play the game, have good possession and create their own chances. They have good enough players to make a difference."

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