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Holland 1 Germany 2: Classy Gomez makes Dutch sweat on Euro future
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Dailymail

Holland 1 Germany 2: Classy Gomez makes Dutch sweat on Euro future
Congrats: Mesut Ozil with Gomez

Barring some peculiar results when the group concludes on Sunday evening, Germany will move threateningly forwards in Euro 2012, full of ambition, purpose and technical excellence. They really do look a very good side, better even than the version that reached the semi-final of the last World Cup.

Holland, meanwhile, are battling to stay alive as they once again reflect on some familiar internal problems and some defending that was so far from international standard as to be embarrassing.

Van Persie will be hammered in Holland. That is unfortunate. Despite his long range goal in the 73rd minute here, the Arsenal player had missed two early chances that allowed Germany to settle, find their stride and score two first-half goals.

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    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
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    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
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