UEFA Euro 2012 Group B

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Group B of UEFA Euro 2012 began on 9 June 2012 and ended on 17 June 2012. The pool was made up of the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal. Germany and Portugal progressed to the quarter-finals, while Denmark and the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament. This was considered the group of death of the tournament.

Standings[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team progressed to the quarter-finals
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
 Netherlands 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0

All times local (UTC+3)

Summary[edit]

Group B was dubbed by many the "group of death" of Euro 2012.[1][2][3][4] All four teams were in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings at the start of the tournament.[5]

In the first round, Denmark upset Netherlands 1–0 with a 24th minute goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli.[6] In the next match, Germany defeated Portugal 1–0 with a 72nd minute goal from Mario Gómez, leaving Germany and Denmark tied at three points at the top of the group with Portugal and the Netherlands at the bottom of the group with no points.[7]

In the second round, when Portugal played Denmark, Portugal went ahead 2–0 with a 24th minute goal from Pepe and a 36th minute goal from Hélder Postiga, but with two goals from Nicklas Bendtner (41st and 80th minute), Denmark equalized. However, Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored in the 87th minute to give Portugal the win.[8] In the next match, Netherlands and Germany continued their longstanding rivalry. Striker Mario Gómez scored twice in the first half (24th and 38th minute) to put the Germans ahead 2–0, and despite a 73rd minute goal from Robin van Persie, Germany won 2–1.[9]

Leading into the third round, all four teams were still able to qualify and no team was already qualified, despite that fact that Germany had 6 points and Netherlands had 0 points. Ultimately, Germany defeated Denmark 2–1 after Lukas Podolski and Lars Bender scored for Germany in the 19th and 80th minutes, respectively, despite an equalizer from Michael Krohn-Dehli in the 24th minute.[10] In the other match (played simultaneously in order to prevent the teams from gaining a strategic advantage by knowing the result of the other match on the same day) between Portugal and Netherlands, Rafael van der Vaart scored to give the Netherlands a lead for the first time in the entire tournament, but after much criticism in the media for his failure to score in the first two matches,[11][12] Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to secure a 2–1 victory for Portugal.[13] With these results, Germany and Portugal qualified, in first and second place, respectively, and Denmark and Netherlands were eliminated.

Netherlands vs Denmark[edit]

9 June 2012
19:00
Netherlands  0–1  Denmark
Report Krohn-Dehli Goal 24'
Netherlands[16]
Denmark[16]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel Substituted off 85'
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 13 Ron Vlaar
LB 15 Jetro Willems
CM 8 Nigel de Jong Substituted off 71'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel (c) Booked 67'
RW 11 Arjen Robben
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted off 71'
CF 16 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 71'
FW 7 Dirk Kuyt Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
NED-DEN 2012-06-09.svg
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen Booked 78'
CM 7 William Kvist Booked 81'
CM 21 Niki Zimling
RW 10 Dennis Rommedahl Substituted off 84'
AM 8 Christian Eriksen Substituted off 74'
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 14 Lasse Schøne Substituted in 74'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark)[14]

Assistant referees:
Primoz Arhar (Slovenia)
Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Fourth official:
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Additional assistant referees:
Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Slavko Vinčič (Slovenia)

Germany vs Portugal[edit]

9 June 2012
21:45
Germany  1–0  Portugal
Gómez Goal 72' Report
Arena Lviv, Lviv
Attendance: 32,990[17]
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)[15]
Germany[18]
Portugal[18]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng Booked 69'
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber Booked 43'
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted off 90+4'
AM 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 87'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 23 Mario Gómez Substituted off 80'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted in 80'
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 87'
MF 15 Lars Bender Substituted in 90+4'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-POR 2012-06-09.svg
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão Booked 60'
DM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 16 Raul Meireles Substituted off 80'
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Booked 13' Substituted off 70'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira Substituted in 70'
FW 18 Silvestre Varela Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Mesut Özil (Germany)[17]

Assistant referees:
Frédéric Cano (France)
Michael Annonier (France)
Fourth official:
Marcin Borski (Poland)
Additional assistant referees:
Fredy Fautrel (France)
Ruddy Buquet (France)

Denmark vs Portugal[edit]

13 June 2012
19:00
Denmark  2–3  Portugal
Bendtner Goal 41'80' Report Pepe Goal 24'
Postiga Goal 36'
Varela Goal 87'
Arena Lviv, Lviv
Attendance: 31,840[19]
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
Denmark[20]
Portugal[20]
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen Booked 81'
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen
DM 7 William Kvist
CM 21 Niki Zimling Substituted off 16'
RW 10 Dennis Rommedahl Substituted off 60'
AM 8 Christian Eriksen
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli Substituted off 90+2'
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 19 Jakob Poulsen Booked 56' Substituted in 16'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen Substituted in 60'
MF 14 Lasse Schøne Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
DEN-POR 2012-06-13.svg
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão
DM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 16 Raul Meireles Booked 29' Substituted off 84'
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani Substituted off 89'
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off 64'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)0 Booked 90+2'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Silvestre Varela Substituted in 84'
DF 14 Rolando Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Pepe (Portugal)[19]

Assistant referees:
Alasdair Ross (Scotland)
Derek Rose (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Viktor Shvetsov (Ukraine)
Additional assistant referees:
William Collum (Scotland)
Euan Norris (Scotland)

Netherlands vs Germany[edit]

13 June 2012
21:45
Netherlands  1–2  Germany
Van Persie Goal 73' Report Gómez Goal 24'38'
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 37,750[21]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Netherlands[22]
Germany[22]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 15 Jetro Willems Booked 90'
CM 8 Nigel de Jong Booked 80'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel (c) Substituted off 46'
RW 11 Arjen Robben Substituted off 83'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted off 46'
CF 16 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 46'
FW 7 Dirk Kuyt Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
NED-GER 2012-06-13.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng Booked 87'
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted off 90+2'
AM 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 81'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 23 Mario Gómez Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted in 72'
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 81'
MF 15 Lars Bender Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Mario Gómez (Germany)[21]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)
Additional assistant referees:
Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

Portugal vs Netherlands[edit]

17 June 2012
21:45
Portugal  2–1  Netherlands
Ronaldo Goal 28'74' Report Van der Vaart Goal 11'
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 37,445[23]
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Portugal[24]
Netherlands[24]
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira Booked 90+2'
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão
CM 16 Raul Meireles Substituted off 72'
CM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani Substituted off 87'
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off 64'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira Substituted in 64'
MF 6 Custódio Substituted in 72'
DF 14 Rolando Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Paulo Bento
POR-NED 2012-06-17.svg
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 13 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 15 Jetro Willems Booked 51' Substituted off 67'
DM 8 Nigel de Jong
CM 23 Rafael van der Vaart (c)
RW 11 Arjen Robben
AM 16 Robin van Persie Booked 69'
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitutions:
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 67'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[23]

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Martin Atkinson (England)
Additional assistant referees:
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

Denmark vs Germany[edit]

17 June 2012
21:45
Denmark  1–2  Germany
Krohn-Dehli Goal 24' Report Podolski Goal 19'
Bender Goal 80'
Arena Lviv, Lviv
Attendance: 32,990[25]
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
Denmark[26]
Germany[26]
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen
DM 7 William Kvist
CM 19 Jakob Poulsen Substituted off 82'
CM 21 Niki Zimling Substituted off 78'
RW 8 Christian Eriksen
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 2 Christian Poulsen Substituted in 78'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
DEN-GER 2012-06-17.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 15 Lars Bender
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted off 84'
AM 8 Mesut Özil
LW 10 Lukas Podolski Substituted off 64'
CF 23 Mario Gómez Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
MF 9 André Schürrle Substituted in 64'
FW 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted in 74'
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Lukas Podolski (Germany)[25]

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Mark Clattenburg (England)
Additional assistant referees:
David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)

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