Netherlands 0-1 Denmark
Germany1 -0 Portugal
This group was so-called the ‘group of death’. One group with three of the supposed best teams in the world in. Plus Denmark, a team who failed to qualify for the Euro’s in ’92 but when Yugoslavia were disqualified and Denmark replaced them, actually went on to win it. An interesting group to say the least.
The first game was very predictable in that everyone predicted a Dutch win; it was unpredictable in that, well, they didn’t win. The Danes played well. Not better than the Dutch but still well. The Dutch were full of well-known faces but everyone knows international football doesn’t like a well-known. And the only goal was scored by Michael Krohn-Dehli, a Brøndby IF player.
Second game, less predictable, although most people do have their money on Germany winning and so one would have assumed a win today. The game did slightly resemble Bayern vs. Real, but the Germans benefited from having Özil on their side this time and managed a win within the 90 minutes. The only goal in this game was scored by Gomez.
The Germans were no surprise really. The Netherlands are going to have to bring a lot against them and the Portuguese. And the Portuguese are going to have to bring something to the Danish game. In other words we’ve been led to believe that the Germans are the only ones safe here. But that could change. You know, if it wasn’t actually the Germans. Keep an eye for the Dutch and Portuguese names-they should up their game now. Also the Dutch Ibrahim Afellay is on my radar. Currently a Barcelona player, he had good chances on goal as well as showing some defensive skills.