Portugal and Germany advance to the quarter-finals as the Netherlands and Denmark crash out. For the Dutch it was their worst performance in decades, losing all three of their matches.
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Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) scores past Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg for his second goal of the night during the Euro 2012 football championships match Portugal vs. Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv. AFP
Euro 2012: Dutch horror show ends as Portugal, Germany go through
Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Sunday to set up a Euro 2012 quarter-final with the Czech Republic and condemn the Dutch to a first group-stage European Championship exit since 1980.
Needing to win by two clear goals to stand any hope of progressing, Holland took an early lead through Rafael van der Vaart but were undone by goals in each half from man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo.
Runners-up at the World Cup two years ago and top scorers in qualifying, the Netherlands leave Ukraine with their tails between their legs after three consecutive defeats.
Mindful of the pressing need for goals, Holland coach Bert van Marwijk handed starts to both Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and van der Vaart, who replaced captain Mark van Bommel and inherited the captain's armband from him.
Van der Vaart needed less than 11 minutes to vindicate his manager's decision, collecting a pass from Arjen Robben and shaping a delightful 25-yard shot inside the left-hand post to put Holland ahead.
Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben (C) has a shot against a tough Portugal defence. AFP
However, if the Dutch thought they were in for a comfortable evening, Portugal quickly had them on their toes with a flurry of chances sparked by Ronaldo drifting inside and brushing the post with a low strike.
Holland failed to heed the warnings though, and in the 28th minute Ronaldo levelled, powering onto Joao Pereira's incisive, stabbed pass and clipping the ball past Stekelenburg from close range.
So often scorned for his international displays, Ronaldo was a man transformed. In the 74th minute, he sent Dutch defender Gergory van der Wiel sprawling and then calmly beat Stekelenburg at his near post.
Danish goalkeeper Stephan Andersen (3rd) fails to stop a strike by German midfielder Lars Bender at the Arena Lviv in Lviv. AFP
Meanwhile in Lviv, Ukraine, Germany advanced to the quarter-finals as defender Lars Bender scored his first international goal to seal their 2-1 win over Denmark which put the Danes out.
Lar Bender celebrates his first international goal which turned out to be the match winner. AFP
Lukas Podolski, who was making his 100th appearance for Germany, celebrated his century with the opening goal on 19 minutes which was cancelled out by a Michael Krohn-Dehli goal just five minutes later before Bender's late winner.
"Independent of the goal, that was my first start (for Germany), so it was something special," beamed Bender.
"We were trying to get that second goal, I just saw the goal in front of me and it was a bit lucky.
"I am not used to being in that position, but it felt good to be there."
The Germans started at pace and only a superb block by Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen from a Thomas Mueller low drive on six minutes denied the Germans.
Germany got the break through when Mueller fired his pass across the Denmark goal and Gomez let the ball roll for man-of-the-match Podolski to drill his shot home for his 44th international goal.
The Germans held the lead for five minutes before Bendtner headed back from a corner and Krohn-Dehli, who also scored in the Danes' shock 1-0 win over Holland, got his head to the ball before the German defence.
The game's tempo dropped noticeably in the second-half with Germany's midfield star Mesut Ozil looking flat as the Danish defenders constantly thwarted the Germans.
Danish midfielder William Kvist (C) goes airborne next to German defender Philipp Lahm. AFP
With ten minutes to go, Germany counter-attacked at pace. Ozil squared for the grateful Bender and the right-back calmly slotted past Andersen to seal victory. AFP
quarter-final – a match in the competition between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
condemn – to force somebody to accept a difficult or unpleasant situation ทำให้ตกอยู่ในสภาพ
group-stage – the opening part of a tournament where the teams are put into groups and compete against other group members. The top teams (usually two) then go on to the next stage.
exit – leaving การออก
progress – to move to the next level of a competition เข้ารอบ
lead – the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition ตำแหน่งนำ
undone – defeated or failed ไม่เสร็จ
runners-up –second place in a competition รองอันดับหนึ่ง
qualifying – the competition before a tournament to determine which teams qualify (เข้ารอบ)
tail between the legs – a feeling of embarrassment or being ashamed ความขวยเขิน, ความกระดากอาย, ความอึดอัดใจ
consecutive – following one after another in order ติดต่อกัน
defeat – a loss in a competition ความพ่ายแพ้
mindful – remembering somebody/something and considering them or it when you do something สำนึก, ใจจดใจจ่อ
pressing – very urgent and important ที่เร่งด่วน
replace – to put a new person or thing in the place of someone or something แทน
inherit – to have responsibility for a situation that someone has started and left for you to deal with สืบทอดจาก
armband – a cloth band worn around the arm as a sign of something, for example that somebody has an official position ปลอกแขน
vindicate – to prove that something is true or that you were right to do something, especially when other people had a different opinion พิสูจน์ว่าเขาไม่ผิด
delightful – very pleasant, attractive or enjoyable น่าปิติยินดี
on their toes – in a difficult position
tough – strong and able to deal with difficult situations แข็งแรง
defence – the players who must prevent the other team from scoring; the position of these players on the sports field ผู้ป้องกัน
horror – of a strong feeling of shock or fear caused by something extremely unpleasant ความหวาดกลัว, ความขยะแขยง
flurry – a series of things that happen suddenly ความวุ่นวาย ความโกลาหล
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
drift – to move slowly without any clear direction ล่องลอย,เลื่อนลอย
heed – to pay careful attention to เอาใจใส่, ระมัดระวัง
level – (in sports) to score a goal causing the teams to have the same score ทำให้เสมอ
incisive – showing somebody's ability to take decisions and act with force มฉลาดเฉลียว
stab – to push or kick forcefully with the tip of your foot แทง
clip – to hit the edge or side of something
close range – a very short distance away from something ระยะใกล้มาก
scorn – to show you have no respect for someone or something that you think is stupid or has no value เหยียดหยาม, ดูถูก
display – a performance การแสดง
transform – to change, especially in a big way เปลี่ยน, เปลี่ยนสภาพ
sprawl – to fall, sit or lie with your arms and legs stretched out in different directions นอนกางแขนกางขา, นอนเหยียดแขนเหยียดขา
near post – the goal post closest to a player controlling the ball or the goalkeeper
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
advance – to move to the next level of a competition เข้ารอบ
seal – to make something certain or complete รับรอง, ยืนยัน
appearance – an occasion when you participate in a competition การเข้าร่วม, การปรากฏตัว
century – achieving one hundred of something, i.e., goals or, in this case, 100 appearances for the national team จำนวนหนึ่งร้อย
independent of – not connected with or influenced by something; not connected with each other นอกเหนือจาก
beam – to smile widely and happily ยิ้มแย้มแจ่มใส
at pace – at great speed อย่างรวดเร็ว
superb – of the highest quality ยอดเยีี่ยม
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
drive – (in football) a powerful shot, a long hard kick การเตะแรง
deny – to cause to be unsuccessful; to not allow someone do something ทำให้เไม่สำเร็จ, ไม่ยอม
breakthrough – an achievement that comes after a lot of hard work เหตุการณ์หรือการกระทำที่ทำให้อุปสรรคหมดไป; การบุกเข้าไปในแนวเขตของคู่ต่อสู้
drill – to kick or hit a ball hard ยิงทะลุ
drill home – to score a goal with a hard, forceful shot
shock – to surprise, or frighten someone ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน
tempo – the speed at which something happens จังหวะ
flat – lacking interest, energy or enthusiasm ไร้ชีวิตชีวา
constantly – continuously; all the time อย่างต่อเนื่อง
thwart – to prevent someone from doing something that they want to do สกัดกั้น ป้องกัน
counter-attack – an attack made in response to the attack of an enemy or opponent in war, sport or an argument การโต้ตอบ
square – to hit or kick a ball to someone level with you, not in front or behind
grateful – a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you สำนึกบุญคุณ
slot – to put something into a space that is available, in this case, to shoot the ball into the goal ใส่ลงในช่อง
victory – winning a competition or a battle ชัยชนะ
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