Denmark 1-0 Netherlands: Krohn-Dehli’s first half strike stuns the Dutch

Denmark emerged as an unlikely winner after Krohn-Dehli’s first half strike (1-0) sealed the tie in a Group B thrilling encounter against the Dutch.

The Dutch created plethora of chances but couldn't find the much needed goal. Denmark worked as a unit and pulled the trigger when it mattered. 

Bert van Marwijk gave a starting lineup berth to left back Jetro Willems, the youngest ever player to play for any nation in Euro Championships. Robin Van Persie was given the nod ahead of Klass- Jan Huntelaar who made the bench.

The Dutch started with great tempo trying to keep hold of possession and concentrated on penetrating into the Danish box through the quartet of Robben, Van Persie, Afellay and Sneijder.

After early exchanges of passes and building up tempo Arjen Robben from the left tried to steer a pass to Van Persie in the box. The Arsenal man got the ball in his favored left foot but his shot rolls tamely wide. 

From the left Barcelona youngster Afellay cutting inside on his right foot bamboozled Jacobsen with a step up but could only curled the shot over the bar.

Van Persie dancing around from the right hand side picked out Sneijder at the back-post, the Inter Milan midfielder get a head on the ball but was off target.

Robben darting around from the right hand side cutting in onto that fabled left-foot gets a shot on goal but could only find safe hands of keeper Andersen.

The Bayern winger again tees up with Van Persie from the right who continued his run into the box finds himself in acres of space and decides to find a team mate instead of shooting this time while Agger intercepts to safety. 

Denmark who wondered helplessly in the pitch took the lead almost unexpectedly and against the run of play when Brondby winger Michael Krohn-Dehli received the ball on the left, trudges past the helpless Van der Wiel and Heitinga with his pace fired a low drive through the legs of Roma keeper Stekelenburg.

The Dutch came close for a sharp riposte. Arjen Robben this time takes a casual miss pass from Andersen into the penalty area and decides to shoot instead of passing to his team mates, managed to hit the base of the post.

Just before the half time, Van Persie got the golden opportunity to equalize. He found himself in acres of space after a timely pass from Sneijder, but his first-touch is awful and second touch was blocked by Andersen.

After the break Van Persie wastes another shooting opportunity as in an attempt to have a swing at the ball he missed completely, slips and the ball rolls to safety.

Skipper Van Bommel tried his luck from long range but was saved well by the Danish stopper. Seconds later, Afellay had two shots on target without disturbing the score line.

Sneijder picks out Robben six yards out from the left with a whipping cross, but the Munich winger couldn't direct on target under minimal pressure.

Huntelaar, who replaced Afellay missed a golden chance after coming on. His left footed shot was well saved by the Danish goal keeper after Sneijder scythed through a brilliant pass from the middle. 

With clocks ticking towards the end, Sneijder picks out Van Persie with a cross towards the edge of the area, the Arsenal striker flicked over the bar. 

The Oranje have a mountain to climb from here on, but for the stat lovers, this would broaden their cheeks - Denmark have never lost a European Championship game when scoring first.


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Tags: Arjen, Denmark, Krohn-Dehli, Netherlands, Robben

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