Metalist Stadium, Ukraine

Attendance: 38633

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo 28'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 74'

2 - 1



  • Rafael Van der Vaart 11'
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    Germany will meet Greece in the quarter-finals then, with Portugal to play Czech Republic.


    For Netherlands, Euro 2012 couldn't really have gone much worse. Time for reflection for a few of their big names.


    Well deserved win for the Portuguese, with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo sending them to the quarter-finals. A dominant display from their star man.

  • 90'

    More from Mark Lomas on Twitter: "Netherlands have embarrassment of attacking riches, but Portugal show the value of having Europe's richest attacking talent. #lomasinkharkiv"

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Portugal 2-1 Netherlands

  • 90'

    Sneijder once more slips in Van Persie, but Pepe reacts quickly and prevents the Dutchman getting a shot away.

  • 90'

    Netherlands struggling to make any impact as they look for a consolation.

  • 90'

    Joao Pereira trips Afellay.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added-time...

  • 90'

    POST! Cristiano Ronaldo once more. Portugal counter and Ronaldo moves in off the right onto his left-foot, shooting powerfully against the post.

  • 89'

    That just about sums up Netherlands' tournament.

  • 88'

    Terrible miss! Sneijder slides Robin Van Persie through on goal, but the striker screws his shot wide from the centre of the goal. Awful.

  • 87'

    Rolando replaces Nani

  • 87'

    At the other end, Sneijder delivers another fine ball into the area, headed clear by Coentrao. Huntelaar strikes the ball back on the volley, but just wide.

  • 86'

    Nani immediately looks to make amends, cutting in off the right to shoot left-footed. Wide.

  • 85'

    Custodio does brilliantly from the corner to claim the ball and Portugal counter. Nani looks for Ronaldo at the back post, but his cross lands on the roof of the net.

  • 84'

    Van Persie crosses right-footed from the right towards Huntelaar, headed behind by Pepe.

  • 83'

    POST Van der Vaart looks to repeat his opening strike, this time with his right foot. Flush onto the far post. Unlucky.

  • 82'

    Netherlands floating balls towards their strikers, but Pepe and Bruno Alves coping well so far.

  • 80'

    UPDATE Germany 2-1 Denmark - Lars Bender's first international goal.

  • 79'

    Nelson Oliveira takes on an ambitious strike from 20 yards, but pulled wide of the post.

  • 78'

    Delay in play as Van der Wiel receives treatment in his own box.

  • 77'

    Havoc in the Netherlands area as player's fly in to try and get on the end of Nani's low cross. Stekelenburg claims.

  • 76'

    Sneijder looks to pull Netherlands level again. Straight at Rui Patricio.

  • 75'

    Portugal to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    That was a sublime goal and we can pretty much wave goodbye to Netherlands now.

  • 74'

    GOAL Portugal 2-1 Netherlands (Cristiano Ronaldo) Wonderful counter from Portugal. Moutinho, to Nani, to Ronaldo, who calmly checks onto his right-foot and finishes.

  • 72'

    Nani misses a sitter! Ronaldo breezes past Van der Wiel in a foot-race before squaring up his man and sliding a ball across the face of goal to Nani. The goal is gaping, but he hits it straight at Stekelenburg.

  • 71'

    Custofio replaces Meireles

  • 70'

    Scrappy game now. Twenty minutes to go, still Germany 1-1 Denmark in Lviv.

  • 69'

    Van Persie catches Pepe challenging for a high ball. Harsh.

  • 68'

    Netherlands have huge numbers in attack now, but their passes just won't find their man. Portugal survive.

  • 67'

    Afellay replaces Willems

  • 66'

    Portugal counter quickly. Ronaldo orchastrates play once more and finds Coentrao. The Madrid man shoots left-footed, but saved by Stekelenburg.

  • 65'

    Van Persie looks to make something happen and comes in off the right to shoot at goal. It's well hit, but blocked by Bruno Alves.

  • 64'

    Nelson Oliveira on for Helder Postiga

  • 63'

    Now Portugal are passing the ball around calmly. Netherlands going out with a whimper...

  • 62'

    Long spell of Dutch possession but they aren't going anywhere and Portugal win the ball back.

  • 61'

    Robin Van Persie is now hanging around on the right wing for Netherlands. The game has passed him by so far...

  • 60'

    Portugal to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    OFFSIDE Ronaldo takes a shot left footed, which is turned in by Postiga at the near post. Disallowed correctly.

  • 59'

    Portugal attack down the left, where Ronaldo releases Coentrao. The latter's cross is blocked for a corner.

  • 58'

    Loose in midfield now. Netherlands know the size of the task ahead of them.

  • 57'

    Delicious ball to the back post aimed at Nigel de Jong. The ball deflects off a Portugal defender, but goal-kick signalled.

  • 56'

    Netherlands have a free-kick from the left. Sneijder is spoken to by the referee though after pushing over Joao Pereira.

  • 55'

    At the other end, Moutinho gets away a reasonable shot left-footed from 20 yards, but it is pulled wide of the near post.

  • 54'

    That was an unbelievable miss...

  • 53'

    Sneijder whips a cross in from the left and finds an unmarked Vlaar in the area, just eight yards out, but headed over the bar.

  • 52'

    Moutinho receiving plenty of treatment now. Willems was reckless there.

  • 51'

    Jetro Willems lunges in on Joao Moutinho. Will miss quarter-final.

  • 50'

    At the other end, Arjen Robben does well to get past Joao Pereira, but Pepe mops up. Corner taken and cleared by Pepe once more.

  • 49'

    Free-kick whipped in but headed clear. Meireles sprays the ball wide to Bruno Alves who crosses once more. Moutinho collects after ball headed clear and fires a volley well over the bar.

  • 48'

    Free-kick to Portugal from the left-flank. Cristiano Ronaldo fouled by Ron Vlaar this time.

  • 47'

    Netherlands undone again by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man in behind Van der Wiel once more, but his shot is blocked.

  • 46'

    Netherlands keeping possession to start the second-period. Looking to wrestle back control again.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF underway in Kharkiv...


    STAT ATTACK: Cristiano Ronaldo has had more shots (8) than the entire Netherlands side.


    More from Mark Lomas on Twitter: "Netherlands pretty diabolical since first 10mins. Portugal by far the more attacking, entertaining side. Huntelaar anonymous #lomasinkharkiv"


    Ronaldo fires past Stekelenburg to equalise.


    The Oranje started strongly, but Ronaldo is in the mood and has put Portugal well on top for most of the half. The result suits the Portuguese who are heading through at the moment.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Portugal 1-1 Netherlands

  • 45'

    No added time...

  • 44'

    Frustration for Portugal. Coentrao robs Huntelaar, but is penalised for a foul. Very harsh.

  • 43'

    Nani creates a crossing position on the right and whips in another ball. Ronaldo rises well above Van der Wiel at the back post, but still cant reach the ball.

  • 42'

    Huntelaar doing very little so far. Penalised this time for hand-ball from a goal-kick.

  • 41'

    Ronaldo has Van der Wiel on toast so far. It's too easy for him. This time he works a shot on his left-foot, but fires wide of the upright.

  • 40'

    Netherlands have a chance to get ahead once more. Van der Vaart takes a free-kick from the right, looking for several targets in the centre, cleared by Rui Patricio.

  • 38'

    Netherlands need to get a grip on this game quickly. Portugal have been dominant in recent minutes

  • 37'

    It was a crossing opportunity, but Veloso sees the chance to shoot left-footed. Curled just over the bar.

  • 36'

    Another crossing chance for Portugal. Nani fouled by Van der Vaart on the right of the area.

  • 35'

    Corner swung in from the right and once more Ronaldo is on the end of it at the front post. Headed powerfully just wide of the near post.

  • 34'

    Ronaldo comes in from the left again, running at Van der Wiel and shoots, winning a corner.

  • 33'

    Cristiano Ronaldo is very much in the mood tonight. A 35+ yard shot is acrobatically saved by Stekelenburg.

  • 32'

    It's all Portugal now. Netherlands look shell-shocked by the Portuguese response.

  • 30'

    Portugal to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Nani almost gives Portugal a lead. Left-footed from the edge of the box, Nani pulls his effort just wide.

  • 30'

    Rui Patricio can do nothing about Van der Vaart's strike

  • 29'

    Fantastic through ball from Joao Pereira and Ronaldo's run was even better. The defence were lost in the face of the quality of attack.

  • 28'

    GOAL Portugal 1-1 Netherlands (Cristiano Ronaldo) The Portuguese captain gets on the end of Nani's through-ball and fires home calmly.

  • 27'

    Sneijder looks to extend Netherlands advantage, cutting in off the left flank and shooting straight at Rui Patricio.

  • 26'

    That goal then sees Denmark once more into the qualification places.

  • 25'

    UPDATE Germany 1-1 Denmark. Michael Krohn-Dehli has equalised for the Danes.

  • 24'

    Netherlands counter and Robben is in acres of space on the right flank. Van Persie's pass, though, is easily cut out by Coentrao.

  • 23'

    Beautiful cross into the area from Joao Pereira and Cristiano Ronaldo dominates his marker. Saved magnificently by Stekelenburg.

  • 22'

    Sneijder whips in a right-footed cross, Meireles fails to clear properly and Portugal scramble for another corner. This time Nigel de Jong has a free header at the back-post, but heads wide.

  • 21'

    Willems wins a free-kick for Netherlands on the left wing, from a foul by Joao Pereira.

  • 20'

    BIG NEWS Germany have taken the lead. Podolski makes it Germany 1-0 Denmark.

  • 19'

    Ronaldo has Van der Wiel tied in knots this time. He passes across and dissects Postiga and Meireles in the area.

  • 18'

    Portugal come strong from the corner and Bruno Alves looks to get on the end. They come again and Raul Meireles hits a powerful effort into the side netting.

  • 17'

    Portugal must score! Van der Wiel gives the ball away to Postiga who is through on goal. He must score, but scuffs his shot left-footed.

  • 16'

    That will give Portugal some confidence...

  • 15'

    Portugal to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    POST! Portugal counter quickly and Ronaldo is running at Ron Vlaar. The defender is in big trouble and Ronaldo gets a shot away, striking the bottom of the post.

  • 14'

    Coentrao hassles Netherlands right-back Van der Wiel and wins possession. Referee awards a free-kick against the Portugal man.

  • 13'

    How can Portugal respond?

  • 12'

    Van der Vaart had been vocal in criticism of coach Bert van Marwijk and has come into the team and pressed his case in the best possible manner.

  • 11'

    GOAL Portugal 0-1 Netherlands (Van der Vaart) - The Tottenham midfielder curls a lovely shot from just outside the area into the far corner.

  • 10'

    Encouraging moment for Netherlands. Van der Vaart clips a lovely ball over the defence to Sneijder, who is racing in behind Joao Pereira, but offside given.

  • 9'

    Nani looks to win a free-kick on the right-flank after knocking the ball past Sneijder. He is told to get up by the referee.

  • 8'

    Corner comes in and Netherlands fail to deal with the ball. Meireles heads back in and Helder Postiga almost beats Stekelenburg to the ball. Free-kick given.

  • 7'

    Ronaldo takes the free-kick from a long way outside the area. Hits the very top of the wall and flies for a corner.

  • 6'

    Several tough tackles flying in as Portugal look to counter. Several possible fouls, free-kick given eventually.

  • 4'

    Sneijder has the first shot! Van der Wiel overlaps Robben and his cross finds Sneijder at the far post. Sneijder fires over.

  • 3'

    Willems whips in a cross towards Huntelaar and via a deflection, it almost finds it's man. Rui Patricio claims.

  • 2'

    Netherlands very comfortable in possession so far. passing the ball around nicely.

  • 1'

    Early free-kick in midfield. Nigel De Jong (surprise!) fouls Raul Meireles.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF! in Kharkiv...


    Singing out of the way, almost time for kick-off in the Metalist Stadium


    Anthem time. Netherlands up first...


    Both sides are in the tunnel and heading out onto the pitch. The Seleccao v the Oranje...


    Under ten minutes to kick-off now. The atmosphere is cranking up inside the stadium.


    This from Mark Lomas on the @ESPNSoccernet twitter: "Huntelaar's name cheered very loudly by Oranje fans in stadium. Top scorer in qualifying, they've wanted him more involved. #lomasinkharkiv"


    Rafael van der Vaart will make his 99th international appearance tonight, from the start this time after his complaints this week.


    Portugal, who have qualified for every European Championship since Euro 96, have never failed to qualify from the group-stage.


    For Netherlands - Mark van Bommel, Jetro Willems and Nigel de Jong are in the same situation.


    For Portugal - Fabio Coentrao, Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul Meireles are one booking away from suspension.


    A Dutch fan enjoys the sites of Kharkiv


    Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Mathijsen, Vlaar, Willems; De Jong, Sneijder, Robben, Van der Vaart; Huntelaar, Van Persie.


    Portugal: Patricio; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo.


    One thing in Portugal's favour heading into the game is their previous record against Netherlands. They have won six and drawn three of ten previous meetings.


    Ahead of the game, while we wait for official team-news, why not read Dominic Raynor's preview of the encounter: Here


    Coach Bert van Marwijk has sprung the changes for this decisive group game. Rafal van der Vaart and Klaas Jan Huntelaar start.


    Netherlands take on Portugal in Kharkiv this evening knowing that only a win by a 2-goal margin will be enough for them to reach the quarter-finals.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Portugal

  • 24(8)

  • 17

  • 17

  • 38%


  • Netherlands

  • 14(3)

  • 12

  • 12


POS No Name


12 Rui Patricio


2 Bruno Alves


3 Pepe


5 Fábio Coentrão


21 João Pereira


4 Miguel Veloso


8 João Moutinho


16 Raul Meireles
6 Custódio


7 Cristiano Ronaldo


17 Nani
14 Rolando


23 Hélder Postiga
11 Nélson Oliveira
POS No Name
G 22 Beto
G 1 Eduardo
D 13 Ricardo Costa
D 14 Rolando
D 19 Miguel Lopes
M 6 Custódio
M 10 Ricardo Quaresma
M 15 Ruben Micael
M 18 Silvestre Varela
M 20 Hugo Viana
F 9 Hugo Almeida
F 11 Nélson Oliveira

Match Stats

  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
24(8) Shots (on goal) 14(3)
17 Fouls 12
7 Corner kicks 5
4 Offsides 1
38% Time of Possession 62%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 6

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