Uncharacteristically porous at the back, the Dutch were behind 2-0 by half time to two excellent Mario Gomez strikes.
Robin van Persie pulled one back in the second half but Holland couldn't find an equaliser as Germany shut up shop and the Oranjie will need to beat Portugal convincingly and hope that the Germans beat Denmark to have any hope of progressing to the next phase.
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800 Posted 14/06/2012 at 06:55:37
801 Posted 14/06/2012 at 06:54:48
I must also say that my eyes are not what they used to be, and I may have been deceived - BUT did anyone else think that Johnny had a mare.
To my mind he was fully responsible for the 1st German goal, he lost his man.
Moments later he was crouching in a defensive position watching the opponent to his right and as the freekick was taken on the left, he turned around with his back to the incoming German who had a freerun at the ball and should have scores.
This to my mind was certainly not his best game, perhaps he was being played out of position, perhaps... but by then I had had enough.
PS I voted Johnny our Player of the Year - so you see why I was disappointed with his performance.
821 Posted 14/06/2012 at 08:48:30
888 Posted 14/06/2012 at 12:34:48
910 Posted 14/06/2012 at 13:38:04
I was most impressed after RVP scored his goal. Germany just smothered the Dutch for the rest of the game. Complete control.
913 Posted 14/06/2012 at 13:50:07
Slightly worrying for long term prospects of our defense!
916 Posted 14/06/2012 at 13:52:04
In England it seems to be widely accepted that Cole (he not even the best in the England squad imo) has been the best left back in the world for years yet every time I see Lahm he is outstanding,solid in defence,excellent going forward and rarely gives the ball away.
919 Posted 14/06/2012 at 14:04:38
930 Posted 14/06/2012 at 15:05:42
Agree with Paul David Lahm is the best fullback in the business. Made Robben look very average.
957 Posted 14/06/2012 at 16:12:21
He had a mare but every player has that once in a while and the whole Dutch side was pretty poor imo. I'd rather he plays likewearing orange than when wearing blue!
They still have a small chance I guess, whilst the Germans would love to send the Dutch home, it would be against their mentality to give teh Danes a result. All rest on Portugal as I can't see the Danes getting anything from their last game.
959 Posted 14/06/2012 at 16:22:40
Nothing too much to worry about with Heitinga in the defence.
967 Posted 14/06/2012 at 16:28:23
Having said that, the Germans could have taken on anyone and won. They're back to their best. Odd things happen in ko games, but they look like winners.
029 Posted 15/06/2012 at 00:23:46
Not to mention all the attacking Dutch players who play zero defense.
Germany was the better team over 90 minutes. Couldn't have hurt the Deutchers turned Gomez loose on a teenage LB, could it?
In fact, when is the last time the Netherlands played Total Football? Been awhile, no?
Come back Johnny. Come back.
066 Posted 15/06/2012 at 08:51:36
139 Posted 15/06/2012 at 13:24:45
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