I’ve believed for a long time that finishing one’s chances is the most underrated aspect of the game. I believe the Netherlands learned that yesterday. I don’t know if this is a record, but the Dutch had twenty (20) attempts off target.
I don’t believe that the Dutch needed both van Bommel and de Jong in central midfield against the Danes. They may against Germany.
I apologize for not having mentioned Michael Krohn-Dehli before. I had never seen him play until yesterday. He wasn’t in the squad for the 2010 World Cup.
I think you’ll see Klaas-Jan Huntelaar start against Germany. Whose place he takes remains to be seen.
This is definitely not the Netherlands of 2010: Denmark outfouled them 19 to 12.
Germany’s victory, while narrow, illustrates the paucity of Portugal’s options. Jerome Boateng did a largely effective job of closing down CRonaldo while Nani was largely invisible as was Helder Postiga.
Germany defended bravely, but they need to do a better job in finishing. Portugal had seven shots on target to Germany’s four and eight shots off target to Portugal’s four.
I believe that the next games in this group will be the most critical: if the Netherlands lose to Germany and Portugal lose to Denmark, then the road to advancement out of the group is clear for the Danes and the Germans.
On a personal note, today is our eighteenth wedding anniversary, so no football for me until I watch the games on DVR tonight. I’ve scheduled open threads for both games today, but the scheduling function hs been a bit buggy, so John will check and see if they publish.