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Netherlands Upset By Danes

Netherlands Upset By Danes Photo: IBL

World Cup runners-up Netherlands have lost their opening game at the 2012 European Championships going down 1-0 to Denmark, leaving coach Bert van Marwijk to rue missed chances.

Michael Krohn-Dehli scored the game’s only goal in the first half to earn the Danish an important three points in Group B, while Germany knocked off Portugal 1-0 in the other group game.

Robin van Persie had chances for the Oranje, while there was a good penalty shout turned down for the Dutch.

Van Marwijk told reporters: “It was not only Robin van Persie. There were maybe four, five, six players who had a lot of chances. And the referee had also a chance to give us a penalty… I’m not looking for excuses. I’m just trying to give answers to the questions.”

He added: “We had all those chances, but the ball didn’t want to go in. There was a lot of space. We put our substitutes on, we were more attacking, and we had more chances. When there’s a penalty that doesn’t go in your favour, it’s unfortunate. But that’s part of the game.

The result leaves the Netherlands precariously placed with a difficult match against Germany next.

“We just have to beat Germany. That’s not going to be easy but that’s the goal now and everyone knows that,” van Marwijk said.

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