After the tentative first group games we’re expecting fireworks tonight in Group B. Denmark can secure surprise qualification to the knock-out stages with a win over Portugal which could lead to Germany knocking out the heavily fancied Netherlands. It’s 20 years since the Danes shocked the world or at least Europe by winning Euro 1992, could they be set to repeat the trick? Probably not but even getting out of this group will be a big achievement for a side whose best player is Nicklas Bentdner. According to Nicklas Bentdner. We’ll be here throughout tonight’s games bringing you news, views, latest betting odds and whatever else we happen to think of. Join in by commenting below or get stuck into the banter on Twitter ============================================
Full-time: Denmark 2 – 3 Portugal
Full-time: Holland 1-2 Germany
9:43pm: A good night for Germany and Portugal. The Germans are through after beating Holland and Portugal’s last gasp winner over plucky Denmark lifts them to second. Holland are virtually out and they deserve to be after a lacklustre performance tonight. Portugal face Holland on Sunday with Denmark playing Germany to decide which team gets second place.
9.38pm: So Germany are through, that’s for sure! Now Holland are almost out. If they beat Portugal by two goals and Germany beat Denmark than the Dutch scrape in to the knock-out phase. To be honest they don’t deserve it though. They were poor tonight.
9.36pm: It’s over Germany 2-1 Holland
9.35pm: Robben and Van Bommel are sat on the turf by the bench looking as if someone has cancelled Christmas. They are gutted.
9.33pm: Into added time and Muller comes off for Bender. Dutch fans are understandably subdued.
9.31pm: Madness! Stekelenburg thinks he is George Best and attempts to start dribbling the ball rather than hoofing it away. Klose gets to him but the ball trickles wide. Keepers – stick to what you know.
9.30pm: German corner with a couple of minutes left and Holland look down and out.
9.29pm: Boateng picks up a yellow card for either time wasting or having a ridiculous beard. Either way he is suspended for the next game.
9.24pm: Robben comes off and leaps the advertising hoardings rather than cross the pitch. He doesn’t look happy but Lahm has had his number tonight. On comes Dirk Kuyt for the Dutch. The draw is now 9/2.
9.22pm: Lahm gets absolutely smashed by De Jong. I’d say it was aggressive but it’s De Jong and the only thing he deems aggressive is murder. For De Jong’s standards this was soft, but he gets booked.
9.20pm: Holland pushing forward and they are leaving gaps at the back. This game is really open now.
9.17pm: 15 minutes to go and Germany are 1/4 to hold on. The draw is 7/2 with Holland 16/1 to complete the comeback. The Dutch are now 20/1 to win the whole thing.
9.15pm: GOAL! BANG! What a hit! RVP on his weaker right foot from the edge of the box puts it in the corner and that ball was going at some speed! The Dutch are right back in this and it’s wave after wave of pressure on Germany now!
9.14pm: Robben with a cracking chance blocked by Boateng, Holland coming into this now.
9.12pm: Chance for Holland! Robben has a bit of room in the box but drags it well wide as he fell. Some muppet in the crowd who has painted his whole head orange looks quite sad because his team are losing. He should really take a leaf out of Eamon Keegan’s book.
9.11pm: Holland’s midfield has looked non-existent at times. Once again Schweinsteiger strolls through the middle of the park unopposed but it comes to nothing.
9.07pm: Holland playing very narrow at the minute. Robben was getting chalk on his boots but nobody could pick him out. The Dutch need to up the tempo as Germany look very comfortable so far.
9.05pm: Sneijder curls one just wide of Neuer’s far post. Decent effort that to be fair.
9.04pm: STAT! And this one is cracking. Germany have never ever lost a European Championship game having gone two goals up. They are 12 from 12. Told you it was a good one!
9:03pm We haven’t had a stat for a while but I’ve got a belter coming up…
9.00pm: Great strike but even better save. Van Persie belts one first time left-footed from the edge of the box but Neuer gets down well to his right to tip the ball away. Cracking hit from RVP who is 15/2 for the next goal.
8.58pm: Holland look a bit more threatening coming forward with Robben and Hunterlaar involved in some good play. The move breaks down though and you feel the Dutch need to find a goal soon.
8.57pm: Germany are now favourites to lift the trophy. They are 11/4 for the tournament now after this good performance. Holland are seeing no love and are all the way out to 25/1.
8.54pm: Great double save from Stekelenburg! Hummel’s run from the back isn’t closed down and he has a couple of cracks at goal that are well saved. Apparently, according to the Dutch, closing people down is for wimps or something.
8.49pm: Supposedly according to RTE they call Hunterlaar, ‘The Hunter’. I have no idea why.
8.46pm: Van Bommel is off as is Afellay. Van Persie moves out to the left as Holland go three up top. Expect goals in this second half! Over 3.5 is 11/10.
8.44pm: Holland are bringing on Huntelaar and Van Der Vaart for the second half. Something needs to change or they’re on the plane home. Can they make the difference?
8.40pm: Gomez is 11/2 to complete his hat-trick. Germany now 1/18 to win it with Holland a huge 30/1. Gomez is 11/10 for the Euro 2012 Golden Boot but be quick – if the Dutch keep defending like they have he could have a few more by the end of the night!
8.38pm: Have a look at the first Gomez goal if you get a chance. A take-away has arrived in Power Power but I don’t know what’s tastier. Great tekkers from the Germans.
8.33pm: I don’t blame the fans for their reaction. Holland started well in the opening 20 minutes but since the goal they have fallen apart. Big second half needed if Holland are to stay in Euro 2012!
8.31pm: Blimey! Last kick of the game and the free-kick comes off the wall and is looping towards goal. Stekelenburg does well to react and tip it over the bar. There is no time for the corner and the players head for the tunnel. Boo’s ring out from the Dutch fans, they are not at all happy with that performance.
8.30pm: Into added time and Germany have a free-kick in a dangerous position after Ozil gets floored. It comes to nothing but then Podolski is clattered and it’s another chance for the Germans.
8.28pm: Holland 25/1 to win here with a couple of minutes to go until the break.
8.26pm: Boateng smashes an effort well over the bar but Germany are all over this Holland team. There’s potential for this to get embarrassing unless Holland improve massively.
8.23pm: GOAL!! Gomez with another stunning finish. Defence was split open again by a delightful pass from Shweinsteiger and the keeper was well beaten. Question marks over Stekelenburg maybe but a great finish none the less. Holland need something special now.
8.22: What a save from Stekelenburg! Ozil whips in the free-kick and Badstuber has a free header saved. Fantastic save but where was the marking? Germany looking so dangerous.
8.20: Muller broke away down the right again and gets his heels clips. No booking for the defender, 8/10 for the theatrics from Muller.
8.17: Muller fires the ball across goal but Gomez can’t apply the finishing touch. Germany look more likely to score here and they 5/4 to bag the next goal.
8.15pm: Paddy has been on the phone crying because Gomez scored! That means another Money-Back Special has clicked and there are going to be a lot of happy punters. Unlucky boss!
8.13pm: So can Holland respond? They’re going to have to find another gear because if they lose here they are out.
8.10pm: Schweinsteiger certainly shouldn’t have had that much space in front of goal but it was a stunning move. Gomez was 11/2 for the first goal and he took it so well. A cool and calm finish from the striker who is the same price to score the next one.
8.08pm: GOAL! Cracking goal. What a finish from Mario Gomez. Schweinsteiger found himself in acres of space and slides it through to Gomez. Delicious pass and then an even better finish. Gomez swivels on it and slots it past the keeper. Germany lead!
8.04pm: Robben gets a healthy blow from Badstuber. Clash of heads results in both players bleeding. Badstuber is quite manly and shakes it off, Robben less so and he’s going to get stitched up so for a few minutes Holland are down to 10 men.
8.03pm: Chances either end. The ball is bobbling around the Dutch box but then Holland break through Robben and he releases Afellay. Unfortunately the ball across the box towards Van Persie is poor and gets cut out.
8.01pm: Poor corner from the Dutch goes out of play. Van Persie is certainly looking dangerous up top, his movement is very good. Holland looking more threatening than the Germans at the moment. Germany 13/8 to win with the Dutch at 9/5.
7.58pm: Robben is drifting into dangerous areas and seeing a bit of the ball. We’re lucky enough to have seen Robben in his pants and here it is! They’re not as good as Bendtner’s lucky pants from earlier though though.
7.56pm: Replays of the Ozil effort actually show it hit the post. Cracking strike, it looks even better when you see it again. 7.55pm: Great movement from Van Persie who gets onto a lovely through ball from Robben. Drags his shot wide though. 7.53pm: Boom! Shot from Ozil comes out of nowhere and that thing is travelling! Stekelenburg gets everything behind it and saves well but that must have felt like being hit by a train. 7.52pm: Van Persie has a sniff as the flag stays down but it’s straight at Neuer. Only a half chance really for RVP, he’s 7/1 to score first. 7.48pm: Not much happening in the opening few minutes. De Jong has tried to snap someone early doors which is about surprising as finding out that the Pope likes mass. 7.45pm: The countdown was brilliantly observed and we’re off! Part of me hopes the countdown is used in all future Premier League games. It would definitely make Fulham v Wigan more appealing. 7.45pm: Here comes the countdown… 7.44pm: The Dutch anthem was less than exciting to be honest. Everyone shakes hands and now we’re starting a countdown for the countdown! 7.43pm: Oh no wait they’re all there. I mistook Lahm for a mascot. Apologies. 7.42pm: Germany only have ten men on the pitch?!! 7.40pm: The teams are out. Here come the anthems. 7.37pm: Getting very exciting now. Just under ten minutes till kick-off. 7.29pm Nobody has told Klose and Robben about the massively intense rivalry. They have a big cuddle before kick-off. Some decent bromance on show there. 7.23pm Alan Hansen has just said that Germany and Holland dislike each other. Not like he’s pointing out the obvious or anything. If you want to read something more substantial about the rivalry you can head here. 7.20pm: As for the game coming up Van Persie is top price with Paddy Power 7/1 to score first. We’re also seeing money for Robben to find the onion bag first, he’s at 10/1. 7.19pm: Some news on the outright markets. Portugal are now 17/1 from 25/1 to win the trophy. Denmark are 40/1 if you’re feeling brave. To top the group both teams are 7/1 with Germany 2/5 and Holland 11/2. Teams Holland 1.Stekelenburg 2.Van Der Wiel 3.Heitinga 4.Mathijsen 15.Willems 6.Van Bommel (C) 8.De Jong 10.Sneijder 11.Robben 16.Van Persie 20.Afellay Germany 1.Neuer 5.Hummels 14.Badstuber 16.Lahm (C) 20.Boateng 6.Khedira 7.Schweinsteiger 8.Ozil 13.Muller 10.Podolski 23.Gomez 7.11pm Hearing reports that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on the bench for the Dutch. Full team news coming right up, we’re just watching some more clips of Bendtner’s pants. Cracking effort. 7.07pm: Holland face Germany next. Read our cheeky match preview here. 7.05pm: High tempo all the way through that game and reflecting more it’s a devastating result for Denmark. A point would have put them in such a strong position going in to the final game but that winner from Varela in the dying minutes is a cruel blow. They will need to get some kind of result against Germany now. Not easy. 6.52 It’s all over. Portugal win 3-2. Denmark came back from 2-0 down to draw level thanks to two goals from Nicklas Bendtner. A cracking finish from Varela won it for Portugal after Ronaldo had put a one-on-one hopelessly wide. Denmark probably deserved a draw to be honest but what a cracking game. Huge result for Portugal and that has put a serious dent in Denmark’s chances of qualifying. 6.51 Good football from Denmark and Schone has a chance to level it in the last minute. It’s worked out to him on the right side but he blasts it wide. Poor effort. 6.49 Four minutes of added time, Ronaldo gets booked for a silly tackle. He’s a lucky boy if Portugal win this because that one-on-one miss was truly awful. 6.48: The whole of Power Tower is now cheering on Bendtner and this is why. Honestly don’t know where or how he got hold of those pants! 6.47 The draw is 12/1 with a couple of minutes to go. Denmark on the attack. 6.45: GOAL! Portugal lead 3-2! It’s a storming finish to the game! Valera misses the ball completely in the box but then swings round and absolutely whacks it right footed into the roof of the net from 12 yards. Great hit. 6.44: Denmark are 8/1 to win it, Portugal 4/1 with the draw at 1/4. 6.40 Unbelievable. As Bendtner celebrates he lifts his shirt to reveal he has his Paddy Power lucky pants on! Cracking work Nick, sorry for slating you before mate. 6.38 GOAL!!! DENMARK!!! Bendtner powers in a cracking header and it’s 2-2. Incredible. Bendtner grabs his second and that Ronaldo miss looks even worse now. 6.37 It’s a great ball from Nani but that finish from Ronaldo is woeful. Didn’t test the keeper and it’s about three yards wide. If Denmark get an equaliser here… 6.35 Cracking ball in is well punched out by Rui Patricio. Portugal break and Ronaldo is through one-on-one. There is no-one within about 20 yards of him and he’s somehow put it wide. Miss of the tournament. 6.35 Nani blocks a cross with his hand and this is a dangerous free-kick for Denmark. 6.34: 15 minutes to go and Denmark could still get something from this. Portugal don’t look solid at the back. The Danes are 7/2 to score the next goal. 6.31 STAT! Pepe is the only Real Madrid player to have scored in two European Championships. Write that one down, it’s got pub quiz question written all over it. 6.30 Bendtner shows his true quality by taking down a delicious Agger cross-field ball, shifting on to his left foot to create space and then blasting it wide. 6.29 Portugal play some nice footy outside the box but it results in a tame shot from Oliveria. 6.27 Portugal were keeping the ball well until Bruno Alves tonks it into the stands. Portugal appear more comfortable now than they did 10 minutes ago but Denmark are still very dangerous. 6.24 Rio Ferdinand is enjoying the game. @rioferdy5 says ‘Portugal will win this. Come on Ronaldo and Nani…bang a goal in each to get me jumping’. Over 4.5 goals is 7/2 Rio mate, have a punt. 6.22 Denmark pushing for an equaliser. They have a corner and are 7/4 to score the next goal. 6.20 Some Danish fella flashes a volley just wide. I missed who it was because I was trying to find out who Tobias Mikkelson plays for. Anyway Denmark are in the ascendancy and are 9/2 to draw or 20/1 to get the win. 6.18 Dennis Rommedahl has done his hammy. His tournament is over and it’s sad to see. Denmark will miss his experience for sure. Luckily Mikkelson is on. He plays for FC Nordsjaelland who are a massive club. 6.15 STAT! 38% of the Euro 2012 goals have been headers. That’s 10 of the 26 scored so far. BOOM! Tell that one to your buddies #Ilovestats 6.13: Poulsen gets booked for clattering Nani. The United winger is 10/1 to score next, Ronaldo is 9/2. 6.11 Agger has been teaching the team how to pass like Liverpool and consequently they keep giving away the ball. This time it comes to Postiga who breaks forward but it’s Agger himself who gets back to make the tackle. Timed it well to be fair, if he hadn’t he’d be off. 6.09 Seeing the Ronaldo miss again and it’s a bad one. He really should bury it. There was some pressure from a defender rushing back but still it goes down as a poor effort. Somewhere Lionel Messi is sat enjoying a pint smuggly laughing to himself. 6.07 As I wrote that Ronaldo broke in from the left and did his best Emile Heskey impression as he fluffed a one-on-one. A cracking chance for Portugal to regain their two goal lead there. 6.05: Portugal with all the ball in the opening few minutes. Over 4.5 goals is now 5/4 which looks value. Both teams are dangerous going forward and you feel both could score more. 6.03: The second half is under way. The two hilarious Euro 2012 mascots walk along the Portugal bench dishing out high-fives. It goes down a treat. 6.02: Bendtner has his collar up. That says it all about how good he thinks he is. 5.59: Over on ITV Roy Keane has kindly pointed out that ‘goals change games’. Insightful there Roy. Cheers. 5.54: The general consensus from the RTE panel at half-time is that Bendtner has ‘good attributes’ but not the ‘right kind of personality’. A lot like going out with Jordan I’m guessing. 5.48: Half-time in the first Group B match. Portugal lead 2-1 against Denmark. Pepe and Postiga put them in front with two well taken goals as Denmark were sliced open time and time again. The Danes came back into it with a header from, ahem, one of the world’s best finishers, Nicklas Bendtner. Denmark ended the half strongly and are 3/1 to win the second half. 5.47: Postiga went down off the ball holding his face after being absolutely floored by some kind of invisible force. The referee stops play, a few Danes have a moan and everyone gets on with it. 5.45: Ronaldo is 7/2 for the next goal with Bendtner available at 17/2. Denmark are 14/1 to win the game. 5.44: Anything Bendtner can do Ronaldo can do better? No. Not this time. A loose ball bobbles around the German six yard box but Ronaldo can’t get to it ahead of Kjaer who leathers it away. 5.43: Denmark right back in it now. Portugal sat back after getting the second and now Denmark have the momentum. 5.40: Not long left till the break and Denmark are seeing a bit more of the ball. GOAL! Nicklas Bendtner! STAT! Nick has now scored in all four games he’s played against Portugal! The ball was chipped in and headed back across goal to where Bendtner nods into an empty net. 5.38: You have read that right Postiga did find the net. Look out of your window later and you’ll probably see one of these. 5.36: GOAL! Trouble for the Danes. Helder Postiga with a cracking right-foot finish from a low Nani cross. Portugal look dangerous every time they come forward. 5.34 It clips the wall and goes over the bar. certainly looked goal-bound though. He’s 7/2 to score the next goal. 5.33 Ronaldo goes on a tasty run and then gets bundled over about 20 yards out. Cue some moaning and a massive run up…. 5.30 Raul Meireles got booked a second ago. Possibly for getting rid of his mohican, possibly for taking someone out. I’m not sure. 5.28: Pepe was 33/1 to score the opening goal. He’s 33/1 to get the next goal as well and is probably slighter shorter than that to assault someone. Here’s a video of him doing what he appears to do best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKt4IBxD5oo 5.27: Now we get to see how good Denmark’s resolve is. They did look threatening early on and you feel there is a goal in them if they get the chance. 5.23 GOAL! Pepe may be a thug but he can also smack in lovely headers. From a Nani corner Pepe rises at the near post and powers a header past the helpless Anderson. 5.21 Ronaldo has a free kick from about 18 yards out but well wide near the corner flag. He takes another 18 yards for a run up before smacking it in to the crowd. Super. 5.20: Pepe gets elbowed in the centre circle and makes the most of it. Not a stranger to a stray elbow that man. 5.17: Ronaldo pings one hopelessly wide. Nicklas Bendtner would tell you Ronny isn’t even the best player on the pitch. He probably is to be honest Nick. 5.16: Denmark looking dangerous in the opening 15 minutes but now Zimling is having to come off injured. Jakob Poulson has come on to what can only be described as a ‘lukewarm’ reception. 5.11pm: Portugal are getting in to the game now, picking up some free-kicks in promising areas but their final delivery has been wanting so far. 5.08pm: There we have it. 8 minutes in and Ronaldo has already given us his first head-shake of disappointment. 5.06pm: Pepe takes one in the unmentionables as he blocks a cross. Doesn’t even flinch. Stones of stone that man. 5.04pm: Pepe is unhappy Eriksen is allowed to get a shot away, which he has to block. Denmark have started the better here. 5.01pm: I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that the count-down for kick-off doesn’t culminate in some fireworks. Passing a ball two feet is something of an anti-climax. 5.00pm: Kick-off! 4.57pm: Sorry Danish fans but that national anthem is pretty dull. Most are in fairness. 4.55pm: Seeing the players sing their national anthems is enough, do we really have to hear them too? Ronaldo is the only one for Portugal who didn’t bother to learn the words. 4.48pm: Agger to score anytime at 17/2? Okay, maybe it’s just me then. 4.46pm: Denmark finished ahead of Portugal in their Euro 2012 qualification group but in the head-to-head games they recorded a home win each. Portugal are strong 5/6 favourites to win this game but the Danes have won 3 of the last 5 meetings between the the nations. Don’t count them out at 15/4. 4.36pm:No changes from either side as far as the line-ups go. The Danes will be feeling confident after beating the Netherlands but they’ll also happily settle for a draw tonight. Portugal need a win. Defeat puts them out but even a draw leaves them hanging on by the thinnest of the threads. Cristiano Ronaldo your country needs you.
Denmark 1. Stephan Andersen, 6. Lars Jacobsen, 3. Simon Kjaer, 4. Daniel Agger ,5. Simon Poulsen, 7. William Kvist Jorgensen, 21. Niki Zimling, 10. Dennis Rommedahl, 8. Christian Eriksen, 9. Michael Krohn-Delhi, 11. Nicklas Bendtner Portugal 12. Pedro Rui Patricio, 21. Pedro Joao Pereira, 2. Eduardo Bruno Alves, 3. Kleper Pepe, 5. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, 16. Raul Meireles, 4. Miguel Veloso, 8. Felipe Joao Moutinho, 17. Luis Nani, 23. Helder Postiga, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo Ref: Craig Thomson (Sco)