Netherlands vs Germany: Euro 2012 live scores, blog
In a clash of the titans, Germany and the Netherlands face off in what should be an absorbing clash in Group B. Join us for live scores and commentary of Euro 2012 from 4:45am AEST.
After suffering a surprise 1 nil defeat to Denmark, the Netherlands really have to beat Germany tonight if they are to give themselves the best chance of qualifying from a very tough group.
The Netherlands were wasteful in front of goal against Denmark and can ill-afford to spurn chances tonight against Germany.
Dutch forward Robin Van Persie needs to rediscover his club form if the Netherlands are to cause a disciplined German defence any trouble.
After scoring over 30 goals for Arsenal in the English Premier League last season, Van Persie failed to find the net against Denmark, and the pressure is on for him to deliver against Germany tonight.
Despite the defeat to Denmark, the Netherlands are a world class outfit and should provide Germany with their biggest test thus far.
Dutch wingers Arjen Robben and Ibrahim Affelay are blessed with terrific speed and ball control and should keep German defenders Phillip Lahm and Jerome Boateng busy on the flanks.
Germany however comes into this match under significantly less pressure, given that they won their opening group game against Portugal 1 nil.
The three time World Cup winners are renowned for starting tournaments well and should be at their best tonight against Holland.
Much like Spain, Germany will look to take control of the midfield, where Real Madrid stars Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil will look to monopolise possession.
If successful, Ozil and Khedira will most likely penetrate a Dutch defence that was less than convincing at times against Denmark.
Defensive midfielders Mark Van Bommel and Nigel De Jong need to stick with Ozil and Khedira for the full ninety minutes if Holland are to give themselves the best chance of keeping Germany scoreless.
If Van Bommel and De Jong manage to keep Ozil and company quite, it will go a long way to nullifying the quality service that German forward Mario Gomez needs to inject himself into the contest.
With Holland in desperate need of victory, expect the Dutch to play an attacking brand of football against Germany tonight, and it wouldn’t surprise to see Holland press early in a bid to win back possession and score the early goal they need to calm nerves.
Germany however are a disciplined and well coordinated unit, and should do enough to withstand the early Dutch onslaught en route to securing a valuable draw.
Netherlands and Germany to tie 2 all