Euro Watch-Day 6
With Arsenal having the largest share of players at the Euros over any other club it would be rude not to keep an eye on how they’re all doing.
The opening game of day 6 of the Euros saw Denmark take on Portugal. The Danes were looking to build upon their rather shock win over Netherlands on day 2 of the finals, and none more so than Nicklas Bendtner. Despite Portugal going 2-0 up after 37mins, Bendtner got one back for Denmark just before the break with a headed goal after finding himself in acres of space and an open goal inside the Portuguese box. He then pulled them level at 80mins with once again with another headed effort, only for it to be in vain when Portugal stole a winner in the 87th.
The evening kick off was the hugely anticipated Netheralnds v Germany game. In what many tipped to be one of the best games of the group stages, the involvement of some of our boys made the prospect even more exciting. Despite an impressive start from the Dutch, they failed to capitalise on early chances and after conceding 2 Mario Gomez strikes they seemed to drop away from the game and continued poor form through to half time. Robin van Persie looked bright in the opening stages but failed to convert the chances. When the teams returned after the break he once again looked like he may produce something after an early effort forcing a decent save from Manuel Neuer. It was in the 73rdminute he finally worked his magic, spinning away from the German defence before hitting the back of the net from outside the box to get Netherlands back into the game. However despite their best efforts, the much more in control Germany held out for another important win in group B.
Lukas Podolski had a disappointingly quiet game. We are still yet to see him at his best at the Euros given his proven international form. Per Mertesacker once again remained on the bench with the German coach opting to stay with Hummels and Badstuber in defence. However it will be interesting to see if he decides to change that and rest players now their ticket into the knock-out rounds looks almost guaranteed.