Euro 2012 - day six open thread

Submitted by snarling wolverine on June 13th, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Portugal-Denmark and Germany-Netherlands today.

Portugal is currently up 2-0 on the Danes, which may be insurmountable the way the Portuguese defense has played.

Germany-Netherlands should be a doozy.  It's a must-win for the Oranje.




June 13th, 2012 at 1:00 PM ^

not really optimistic the oranje can make it out of the group. denmark somehow pulling this one out would probably help, but that seems unlikely now.

Mr. Rager

June 13th, 2012 at 1:01 PM ^

I have absolutely no problem with people that enjoy soccer / create these threads to share their enjoyment.

That being said, soccer is a shitty sport that is only popular globally because of the ease of play and the lack of cost associated with the sport.  


June 13th, 2012 at 10:22 PM ^

Those are not the only reasons why it's popular globally. But it's also what makes it cool. It's something that 99% of the countries in the world can relate to. What's not awesome about that? Sometimes I think you're as embarrassing as LittleMario86 or whatever his name is....


June 13th, 2012 at 1:27 PM ^

I think Arjen Robben's play is absolutely crucial for the Dutch... I was very underwhelmed with his performance in the last game, and he seemed to kill a lot of the chances the Dutch had around the goal by booting the ball 13823ft. up into the stands with wild shots instead of making that extra pass....

Should be a great game either way...


June 13th, 2012 at 1:39 PM ^

It's going to be interesting too to see what van Marwyck does with his lineup with Holland essentially needing to win. Does he go away from the van Bommel - de Jong defensive midfield pairing to go more offensive, likely by inserting van der Vaart for de Jong? Gives more offense but a huge risk of exposing his shaky central defense to the German attack. Or does he put in Huntelaar for Affelay, pushing  RVP to the left and going with a more traditional center forward? Or does he just stay stubborn and hope the attack works its way out?


June 13th, 2012 at 1:42 PM ^

Wow, they say missed goal, goal against, 3 minutes after that horrible miss by CR7 Denmark ties it up, who had Denmark advancing in this group? They'll get paid very well ...


June 13th, 2012 at 2:40 PM ^

Holland apparently going with the same starting lineup.

Van Marwyck's going to trust the Affalay-RVP-Robben-Sneider front four to figure out some chemistry.  I think they'd be far better served in replacing Affalay with Huntelaar and playing him as a traditional 9 with RVP and Robben capable of cutting in from the wings. As it is, all of them are trying to occupy the same part of the field and they keep getting in each other's way. 

snarling wolverine

June 13th, 2012 at 2:46 PM ^

Not having ties to either country, I've got to root for the Dutch here.  I want more drama going into the final day of the group stage.  It'd be very cool to have all four teams have three points apiece.


June 13th, 2012 at 2:58 PM ^

Two great chances in first minutes. RVP in alone has his full stretch shot saved and then Ozil hits the post on just an amazingly technically difficult volley.

swan flu

June 13th, 2012 at 2:58 PM ^

Ozil has definately regressed in some ways since joining Madrid.  He never would have tried to take such an obnoxious dive when he was on Werder Bremen.


June 13th, 2012 at 3:00 PM ^

That's exactly why the de Jong - van Bommel pairing hurts Holland. Neither is going to go forward to threaten in the box, and so RVP gets stranded by himself in the center.


June 13th, 2012 at 3:38 PM ^

So Gomez, why couldn't you do this during the Champions League final? Hopefully this means he'll no longer have problems during the bigger games.


June 13th, 2012 at 3:55 PM ^

Club vs. international is always a very interesting thing.  Ronaldo and Messi have both struggled to score at the same pace in international play.  There are so many factors that can be attrbuted to that.  At the same time some players excel when they play for their country.