In every Euro soccer competition, one team always steps up to upset a favorite. In the Euro 2012 Group Stage, Denmark upended the Netherlands 1-0 in Group B at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Denmark scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute when midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli deked out two defenders to put the ball into goal. He faked like he was going towards the center of the goal, went left, and kicked the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
The Netherlands looked lackluster the entire first half. The only highlight before intermission is that Dutch defender Jetro Willems became the youngest player ever to play in the Euros at the age of 18 years and 79 days.
In the second half, the Netherlands kept attacking for the first thirty minutes. However, Danish goalkeeperwas able to stop everything. Take into account that the Dutch destroyed the Danish team two years ago in the World Cup and that Denmark was forced to start their second goalkeeper will more than likely make this match the biggest upset of Euro 2012. Now, Holland may not even qualify for the quarterfinals since they will have to play Germany and Portugal next.
Here are the starting lineups from the match. Both teams went with a 4-5-1 formation. I am appalled by the Dutch coach for not playing a 4-4-2 formation with Van Persie and Huntelaar up front for the entire 90 minutes and for not starting Rafael Van der Vaart.
Denmark -- Goalkeeper: Andersen. Defenders: Jacobsen, Kjaer, Poulsen, Agger. Midfielders: Kvist, Krohn-Dehli, Rommedahl, Zimling, Eriksen. Forward: Bendtner.
Netherlands -- Goalkeeper: Stekelenburg. Defenders: Willem, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar. Midfielders: De Jong, Robben, Afellay, Van Bommel, Sneijder. Forward: Van Persie.