10 Jun 2012

Denmark shock Netherlands at Euro 2012

10:06 am on 10 June 2012

Denmark survived a sustained assault by Netherlands to emerge with a 1-nil victory in their opening Euro 2012 football game this morning thanks to a first-half goal by Michael Krohn-Dehli and some poor Dutch finishing.

Krohn-Dehli cut in from the left to surprise keeper Maarten Stekelenburg with a low shot through his legs after 24 minutes in a rare Danish attack, while Dutch winger Arjen Robben hit a post after 37 in one of many chances for his side.

The 2010 World Cup runners-up created numerous opportunities in the second half and though Danish keeper Stephan Andersen made one great save to deny Mark van Bommel, their finishing was too often poor and they now face a real challenge to qualify from arguably the toughest group of the championship.

Later Germany beat Portugal 1-nil in their opening match.