14 Jun 2012

Gomez scores twice as Germany beats Netherlands

11:41 am on 14 June 2012

Two superb first-half goals by red-hot striker Mario Gomez earned Germany a 2-1 victory over a disappointing Netherlands in their Euro 2012 Group B football clash.

Gomez's double strike has put Germany in sight of the quarter-finals.

The Dutch, beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their opener, were poor for long spells but hit back with a superb 20-metre shot by forward Robin van Persie in the 73rd minute.

Germany top the standings on six points but are still not yet sure of qualifying ahead of their final game against Denmark.

Portugal and Denmark have three points each after Portugal's 3-2 victory over the Danes. The Netherlands have no points but could still qualify with victory over Portugal.