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As it happened: Holland 0-1 Denmark

by Neil Sherwin
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Day Two! After seven goals, two red cards and a missed penalty in Group A yesterday, Group B has a lot to live up. BackPageFootball will be here to bring you coverage of both games, starting here with Holland and Denmark.

The Dutch were runners up at the 2010 World Cup and will be looking to go one better this time, while Denmark have a decent history in the Euros having of course won it back in 1992. The group as a whole promises to be a tight one so both sides will be looking for a good result.

Before kick be sure to have a read of our Group B preview.

Who to watch out for

Robin Van Persie is a little too obvious but it’s impossible to look past the Arsenal man when it comes to being a goal threat. He will be ably assisted by the likes of Wesley Sneijder who is coming an injury troubled season in Serie A. Also worth noting how long it takes for one or both Nigel De Jong and Mark Van Bommel to pick up a yellow card.

At just 20 years of age, Christian Eriksen has been earmarked as a potential star and there is some expectation being placed on such young shoulders. Nicklas Bendtner is very much hit and miss but if he decides to show up tonight he could cause problems for the Dutch backline.

Teams

Holland: Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems; N de Jong, Van Bommel; Robben, Sneijder, Afellay; Van Persie.

Denmark: Andersen; Jacobsen, Agger, Kjaer, S Poulsen; Jorgensen, Eriksen, Zimling; Rommedahl, Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli.

Prediction

The Dutch are rightfully one of the tournament favourites and it’s important for them to get off to a strong start. Superior fire power up front should see them claim three points in a 2-0 win.

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Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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