Euro 2012: Day 10 highlights
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Lviv: Highlights from the 10th day of 2012 UEFA Euro Championships being co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine where four teams—Germany, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands were in action on Sunday.
Germany and Denmark locked horns in Lviv while Portugal and the Netherlands clashed in Gdansk.
Unbeaten Germans march to the quarters
Germany 2-1 Denmark
The Germans needed one point to advance to the quarters but coach Joachim Loew was in no mood to take chances. He brought in Lars Bender in place of suspended Jerome Boateng while his Danish counterpart included Jakob Poulsen in the starting lineup replacing injured Dennis Rommedahl.
Lukas Podolski celebrated his 100th international appearance with a goal for Germany in the 19th minute. Denmark reacted quickly five minutes later with Michael Krohn-Dehli’s equaliser. The first half ended with both the teams locked at 1-1.
The second half was less engaging until a Mesut Ozil’s pass that Bender sent past Stephan Andersen to give his side the lead in the 80th minute. The match was dominated by the Die Nationalelf who kept the Danish defenders on their toes with continuous surge to their half.
Ronaldo’s brace silences critics
Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
Cristiano Ronaldo draws flak whenever he represents Portugal--the reason being his failure to replicate his devastating form that he is known for when playing club football.
Sunday’s clash against the Netherlands proved to be his night as the goal machine slotted home twice to earn his side 2-1 win that guided his team to the quarter finals of the Euro championships.
Dutch team’s preparation for the match was marred by reports of rifts in the squad with Arjen Robben claiming that personal egos of the players were the main reasons for a dismal show.
However, Rafael van der Vaart opened the account with a curling shot that resulted in the first goal of the match bringing some hope of a late surge. The hope was to end soon for the troubled side.
Portugal equalised minutes later as Jetro Willems’ lost the ball with a wrong pass that ultimately found Ronaldo who steered the ball past Stekelenburg to score his first goal of the tournament.
The Portuguese fans broke into wild celebrations as Ronaldo coolly netted his second goal in the 74th minute that effectively brought an end to the Oranje’s miserable run in the championships.
• Quarterfinal 1: Czech Republic Vs Portugal
• Quarterfinal 2: Germany Vs Greece