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    Denmark

    1

    Germany

    2

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    Portugal

    2

    Netherlands

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

OSK Metalist Stadium

Attendance: 38633

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Portugal

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 28'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 74'

2 - 1

FT

Netherlands

  • Rafael Van der Vaart 11'
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    James Tyler: See you back here 2.15pm ET tomorrow for Italy-Ireland and Spain-Croatia. Thanks!

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    James Tyler: Thanks for following along, all! I must dash to help with the postgame coverage. We'll be back tomorrow for Group C's time in the spotlight. Can the Azzurri rebound and get through?

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    James Tyler: YOUR FIRST PAIR OF QUARTERFINALS:
    Czech Republic v. Portugal
    Germany v. Greece

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    James Tyler: Now then.

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Even Holland's collapses a efficient. No messing around with draws, just straight up losing every game.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Who would have thought that the Ukraine would have more goals than the Netherlands in Euro 2012

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Dutch took on the Group of Death... and died. Utterly.

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    [Comment from ToddInTheShadows]
    Netherlands: ZERO POINTS. Pathetic.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    From World Cup final to Euro flop. Might need more than time to heal these wounds.

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    James Tyler: From World Cup final to Euro failure in 24 months. Well, then.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Not much garroting or defenestrating in this hyped Group of Death. Just a Dutch hot mess and an admirable Danish team who simply fizzled out

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME IN KHARKIV: Portugal 2, Netherlands 1. Oranje utterly outclassed.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany win Group B, winning all three group games for the first time at Euros

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME IN LVIV: Germany 2, Denmark 1. Germans win the group with three wins out of three. All business. Fear them.

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    James Tyler: Whistles ring out around Kharkiv, van Persie has another shot but Rui Patricio flops on it.

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    James Tyler: Well, where Group A genuinely stunned us all, Group B has largely gone to expectation. At least if you're the type that thought the Netherlands would be a lifeless, ill-fitting mess at Euro 2012.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: UEFA named Podolski the Man of the Match for Germany

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Post's less celebrated cousin, Own Goal, hasn't been particularly prolific this tourney.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Ronaldo's gotta be the Man of the Matches. Unplayable today.

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    [Comment from Brett]
    Great Dutch facepalm montage on the t.v. just now.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Via @ESPNStatsInfo -- Ronaldo has had 10 shots today for #POR. The entire Dutch team has managed just 14.

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    James Tyler: TWO ADDED MINUTES REMAINING IN DENMARK-GERMANY

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 10 shots for Ronaldo today, just 14 for the Netherlands

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    Post has stopped ronaldo more then the GK

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    [Comment from Joanna]
    POST does it again!

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    [Comment from Pog]
    In contrast, POST's stock has never been higher

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    POST playing a magnificent game. All the big plays.

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    [Comment from Cole]
    Oh unfair to Ronaldo!

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    James Tyler: FOUR ADDED MINUTES REMAINING

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    James Tyler: Another speedy counter-attack and CRon dashes in from the right flank and nearly breaks the post with a low shot.

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    James Tyler: RONALDO HITS THE POST!

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    James Tyler: The Dutch going Desperation Route One, but no cross unmanageable for the Portuguese backline.

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    [Comment from Pt]
    Wesley Sneijder

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Helder Postiga. But that's assuming he still has transfer value left.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    been a horrible month or so for Robben eh?

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    James Tyler: Every single Dutch player. Christian Eriksen.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Who's stock/ transfer value as fallen furthest this tourney?

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    James Tyler: Chance for the Netherlands! Van Persie is teed up inside the box after a fine pass by Sneijder but he slashes a shot wide. Looked offside on the replay.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Nani had a game-high 4 chances created today, 11 total in the tournament (most on Portugal)

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @NormanGiller yes, it's been very good indeed. Sadly, the Euro is usually much better than the World Cup. Why 24 teams next time? 16 perfect

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    James Tyler: Yes -- he got his high five.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Does "entire Portugal team" include Ronaldo?

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    James Tyler: The entire Portugal team rushes over to congratulate Nani as he leaves the game. Nice to see that. One senses the oft-mocked Portuguese squad has a hidden team unity we've not seen from them before.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has only allowed just four goals past the 87' in 60 international games

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR PORTUGAL: Nani off, Rolando on.

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    James Tyler: HUNTELAAR SIGHTING! Set piece lands kindly for the big striker but he volleys wide.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Everybody has had their way with the Dutch defense. Except for Helder Postiga.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    the usmnt could have their way with the dutch defense

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    James Tyler: Nani cuts infield, barely even impeded by Mathijsen. His shot is well over the bar.

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    James Tyler: FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Ronaldo and Nani are having their way with the Dutch defense.

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    [Comment from James]
    England Euro 2000. Embarrassing

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    [Comment from Joanna]
    Man of the match? POST

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    James Tyler: Another counter at speed for Portugal, but Nani chips it onto the roof of the net with Ronaldo open at the back post.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @NormanGiller yes, you guessed right. Norman, my parents bought me the Saint + Greavsie books every year. You were involved, no? Great fun.

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    Roger Bennett: Overhyped: England 1950.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GERMANY: Thomas Mueller off, Toni Kroos on.

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    James Tyler: Header over the bar by Daniel Agger. He's worked himself to the bone today. I'm surprised his tattoos aren't rubbing off, such has been the force of his effort.

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    [Comment from hari]
    Germany - 8 mins from being the only 100% win record team in the tournament !!!

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    James Tyler: Bendtner wins a corner for Denmark.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Since the van der Vaart goal, touches in the attacking third are 106-76 to Portugal

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    James Tyler: POST for VdV. Alas.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    The 2002 team with Berkamp, Overmars, Kluvert, etc. not even qualifying for the World Cup in Korea.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @Cianaf and they would be right. I am a terrible photographer. Even worse these days.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Do the Dutch fans know the words to "Fields of Athenry?"

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    [Comment from Travis]
    All the Poulsens are on for Denmark!

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Italy at the last World Cup. Not hyped, but not advancing was pretty humiliating if I'm revering right.

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    James Tyler: Many good shouts for teams that were hyped and then humiliated.

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    Roger Bennett: Sorry for Denmark, but they have lacked the quality to do more than hold on tonight

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    [Comment from canyonhawk]
    Goose: Many previous Holland sides

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Every England team since 1966

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Has anyone checked on Leander? Is he still breathing?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Denmark now need two goals to advance

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    [Comment from Matt]
    France, 2008. Italy 2008

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    [Comment from RandomDude]
    France 2002

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    [Comment from Adam]
    I can't handle this. Not a good moment to be a Denmark fan - they are so close, and it's slipping away. They've had several chances to go ahead in this second half.

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    James Tyler: Relief for Jogi Low on the sideline. Simple counter-attack, the Danes are bedraggled. Game more or less over.

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    Roger Bennett: Germany it is... Lars Bender gives English Tabloids their headline

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    James Tyler: GOAL GERMANY. Lars Bender, easy as you like. Group B has claimed its second and final scalp.

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    James Tyler: Almost another for Portugal! Poor marking on a corner allows a free header. Joris Mathijsen is down, clutching his shoulder. I think he's just trying to hide his embarrassment.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: And Lars Bender scores for the Germans

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    Roger Bennett: A Danish goal could put Germany out... but the atmosphere is dead in Lviv

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Full credit to Portgual, though, I didn't think they'd accomplish anything and theyre a Denmark goal away from winning the group. I think.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo squanders an effort. Portugal breaks again but van der Wiel does valiantly to stop Coentrao.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @NormanGiller 'Denmark won in 1996'. 'Who won that game last night?' Surely the bumbag is fair game, Norman?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR DENMARK: Niki Zimling off, Christian Poulsen on. CHRISTIAN POULSEN.

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    James Tyler: Liverpool, last season. So much optimism when Adam, Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Suarez all joined the fray. But I'm a biased Scouser.

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    Roger Bennett: Goose... Argentina at the last World Cup. Spain every year before 2008.

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    Roger Bennett: Bendtner pulled down in the area... 5th official sees nothing, knows nothing.

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    [Comment from GOOSE]
    JT when was the last time you could recall a team that was so good and hyped and went burning down in flames like this holland team?

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    James Tyler: Portugal nearly muster a third as Nani's low near-post cross is met by Stekelenburg with Ronaldo and Oliveira lurking.

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    James Tyler: Honestly, the biggest problem for the Dutch is the egos. So many big names lacking cohesion or the desire to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Downing and Henderson both to score Tuesday, Rog.

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Glad I picked Portugal to win it all!!

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Clean house? Jeez, you made the World Cup final two years ago.

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    James Tyler: The Dutch only need three goals and a Germany goal. Fourteen minutes left. Sneijder shoots from distance but Rui Patricio saves easily.

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    James Tyler: Rog, I sure hope Downing gets a brace. Poor lad could use a boost.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GERMANY: Gomez off, Klose on.

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    James Tyler: Mike, let the clouds part first, but yes, you have to rectify this massively. Clean house is just the beginning.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    okay so as a dutch fan i am absolutely sickened by the way this team acts/plays. how do we correct this going forward? personally i say we hire a coach that has a no-nonsense attitude. if you act like a diva, you're off the squad. the effort by the starting XI all tournament makes me want to just clean the entire house.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    RONALDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IS PULLING A TORRESSS. He's back!

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    Roger Bennett: Torres. Samaras. Sheva. Carroll. Now Ronaldo. Downing sure to score a hattrick on Tuesday.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Welp, That was fun while it lasted.

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    [Comment from Cole]
    YAYAYAYAYAYA RONALDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: Dutch attack breaks down, Portugal counters with speed, Nani on the right flank frees Ronaldo, he jukes his marker, Van der Wiel, and smashes it home with his right.

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    Roger Bennett: Klose on. Gomez off

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    James Tyler: Goodnight, Oranje.

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    James Tyler: CRISTIANO RONALDO!

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    James Tyler: GOAL PORTUGAL!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo with the go-ahead goal for Portugal!

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    James Tyler: Travis is bang on the money, Rog. We shall get Olympic logo tattoos and cheer for Beckham and Gareth Bale in tandem. Marvelous stuff.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Olympic soccer, Rog

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Right there with you Rog, but it has been a riveting week!

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    [Comment from Brian]
    If the Dutch offense was playing half as well as their GK, they might have had a chance

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Steklenburg is the only Dutch player, actually playing well

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    [Comment from PassMaster]
    WHAT A BALL FROM RONALDO!!!

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    [Comment from Mike]
    WHAT I SAVE-- I MEAN WHAT A MISS

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo played in behind van der Wiel on the left side, he skips into the box and lays it off simply at the back post for Nani, but Nani can't beat the keeper from close range. Poor effort.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo has 9 shots this game, Netherlands combined only have 10

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    Roger Bennett: Is anyone else feeling sad that the Euros are already down to one time slot a day? So fleeting. Am already starting to worry about how to kill the five weeks until the Premier League begins

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    James Tyler: WHAT A SAVE BY STEKELENBURG!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR PORTUGAL: Raul Meireles off, the awesomely-named Custodio entering the fray. Crowd issues weak applause.

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    James Tyler: Meanwhile, the Netherlands XI looks awful. Absolutely devoid of life. Sneijder, Robben, van Persie, van der Vaart all non-factors since half-time.

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    Roger Bennett: DANISH CORNER!!! just trying to get my circulation going

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    A mediocre tourney for Eriksen also prevents him from becoming overhyped going into the transfer market, leading to a season with lofty expectations for a player who's still developing.

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    Roger Bennett: German movement not as sharp as it was against Netherlands. Danish counter not primed as it was against the Dutch. Stalemate.

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    James Tyler: TWENTY MINUTES LEFT

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    James Tyler: Not great stuff by Pepe there, we all agree. The ugly side of his game, sadly.

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    [Comment from RedManChew]
    Did Pepe just pull a Busquets and look up to make sure the ref was watching his agony??

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    wow i know u guys saw pepe look at the ref then roll again smh

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    [Comment from hari]
    and the theatrics begin !!!

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Pepe rolling on the ground...the usual.

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    James Tyler: Andersen did well a minute ago to rebuff a nice instep shot by Andre Schurrle on the left side of the box.

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    Germany trying to force the ball inside too much. Dutch are sitting back on D.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Andrew. He's struggled to assert himself at Euro 2012. But his career is only just beginning.

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    Roger Bennett: Denmark's ambition appears to have melted. nearly 80 degress there tonight

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    I am sat with a group of bum-bagged men who have been to plenty of Euro 2012 but seem to know nothing about football. Ah, cameramen...

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    I know he's young but has there been a bigger tourney "flop" than Eriksen? He was hyped to high heaven

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Andersen again with a good save

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    [Comment from hari]
    I believe it was Coentrao JT ...

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR NETHERLANDS: Jetro Willems off, Ibrahim Afellay on. Van Marwijk is "Going for it"

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    James Tyler: Now, stretcher's on the field -- presumably just to delay the game a bit -- and Dutch make a sub..

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has 63 touches in the attacking third this half, Denmark has 7.

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    James Tyler: Great break by Portugal as CRon runs some 50 yards up the right side, he drifts infield and lays it off... I missed who took the shot but Stekelenburg came up with a phenomenal save!

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    [Comment from hari]
    ronaldo has been simply amazing !!!!

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Great parry by Stekelenberg!

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Outside of scoring, VDV has been kind of anonymous in this game.

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    James Tyler: Van Persie's long-range shot is blocked by Alves outside the box.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    im amazed that the dutch side that won the u21 cup in 2006 are playing this poorly in what could assumedly be their primes

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    [Comment from Brian]
    RVP seems to have moved further back to try to get the ball down field

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GERMANY: Lukas Podolski off, Andre Schurrle on.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR PORTUGAL: Helder Postiga off, Nelson Oliveira on.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: To clarify the Huntelaar stat, he had 7 touches in the second half, he has 22 total today

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    James Tyler: Schweinsteiger's long-range shot is blocked and then he collides with Nicklas Bendtner in midfield. Both players seem OK.

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    Roger Bennett: The Germans have slowed this game down. It currently resembled a training session with very, very high stakes.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: RvP trails Netherlands with just 3 touches in this second half

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    [Comment from Rory]
    How many touches for RVP?

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    James Tyler: I'd love that too, Mike.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    I'd like to see a dirk kuyt sighting, at least he runs hard and looks like he cares

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    James Tyler: Ozil swings in the corner but Andersen firmly punches it clear.

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Ronaldo's been working on his body language in training.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Yup, and just 1 has been in the penalty area

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    James Tyler: In Lviv, Sami Khedira has a shot inside the box but Niki Zimling blocks it. German corner coming up...

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    James Tyler: Nope, was passing on Mike's query! Just seven touches for Huntelaar, eh? Awful.

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    James Tyler: More fouls in Kharkiv. Very little in the way of fluid, coherent play.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: You had a question James?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Exactly 7 so far for Huntelaar!

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Germany/Denmark has been a snoozefest. Its like watching your friend video games

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    [Comment from Rory]
    Dutch have done nothing for 15 mins

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    [Comment from Mike]
    how many touches does huntelaar even have? maybe 7?

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    James Tyler: Question for Michelle in stats...

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    [Comment from Kevin (NY)]
    Dutch are in SHAMBLES

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    James Tyler: Lazy defending by the Dutch as a free-kick is floated over from the right wing. Pepe heads it down and (I think) Ronaldo centers it for Postiga who sidefoots it home. But he's clearly behind the last defender.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Huntelaar has yet to take a shot for the Dutch

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR PORTUGAL -- BUT IT'S WAVED OFF!

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    James Tyler: Great minds thinking alike there. Both very subdued.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    id have assumed huntelaar and van persie were on the bench with how non existant they have been today

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Still haven't heard anything from Huntelaar or RVP

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    James Tyler: Corner for Portugal as Ronaldo can't dribble past Gregory van der Wiel.

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    James Tyler: Both games lacking the magnetism of the first half. Just over half an hour to play in both games.

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    I really need to hear Sir Ian Darke and Macca commenting on my daily life

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Love how Sneijder pretends he may have been fouled there, after stepping on the foot of and pushing the Portuguese player.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Netherlands and Portugal now having a flop-off

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    [Comment from AJ (Ned)]
    Wiilems has a lot of potential. Has sparkled at PSV. Really an important piece for the Dutch future.

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    James Tyler: Close for the Dutch! Sneijder puts a free kick in to the box but de Jong's contact puts it behind for a goal kick.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has 7 interceptions today

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    James Tyler: Good run by Lars Jacobsen in Lviv, surging down the right flank, but his cross for Niki Zimling is easy for Neuer to intercept.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Ozil just heard the Benny Hill music in his head

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    [Comment from anfield_rap]
    ozil slips on a banana peel

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    James Tyler: Moutinho shoots wide from 20-plus yards having worked his way in from the right flank.

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    James Tyler: Bouma's at the other end of his career and sorely lacking in pace. Van Marwijk opted for speed, I suppose.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Only 9 fouls in the Germany-Denmark game compared to 20 in the Portugal-Netherlands

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    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    I'm surprised the Dutch have elected not to play Wilfred Bouma - he's not a great defender, but he's a bit more solid than Willems, I think.

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    James Tyler: That's USMNT striker Herculez Gomez for you, laying down the truth.

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    [Comment from herculezg via Twitter]
    I love that Pepe is the first one to run and complain to the ref about a hard tackle from behind... That's rich. #irony #EUROS

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    James Tyler: Dutch corner is played short and Sneijder's cross pings off Ron Vlaar's shoulder. Should have done better from that range.

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    James Tyler: To be fair, he's only 19 or so. Dutch struggling for quality defenders coming through its ranks.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Willems has not impressed at the Euro's.

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    James Tyler: I stand corrected, Alex. Thanks!

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    [Comment from Alex]
    It hit the post JT

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Jetro Willems goes de Jong on Joao Moutinho. Ugly stuff from the young PSV left-back.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    OHHH! How did Poulsen not score!

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    James Tyler: So close for Denmark! Lovely work on the left flank, Bendtner collects in the middle and lays off for Jakob Poulsen but the Dane smashes his shot wide from 20 yards!

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Gomez runs about 30 yards then shoots wide left

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    [Comment from John]
    I can't believe Robben cut back inside...he never does that...

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    James Tyler: Surging run by Arjen Robben -- he popped up on the left flank for a change -- but he meets his match in Pepe. Does win a corner though... Sneijder overhits it and Portugal clears its lines.

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    James Tyler: Joao Moutinho wallops a volley miles wide in Kharkiv.

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    Ravi Ubha: Must have not have been hair dryer stuff from Van Marwijk. Portugal come out in the second the better.

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    [Comment from anfield_rap]
    Nani playing well...it feels so wrong saying that

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    James Tyler: Lahm plays a clever cross for Mueller inside the box but the Bayern man can't meet it and Andersen collects.

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    James Tyler: To recap: Dutch must win by two clear goals and Denmark must lose to Germany in order for the Oranje to advance.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Portugal! Nani played a gorgeous ball over the top for Ronaldo, he's onside but his shot is blocked.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    Funny thing is Portugal is the reason the Netherlands still have a chance

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    Tiger Woods enters today tied for 14th at U.S. Open. He's never won a major without at least a share of the lead entering the final round.

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    James Tyler: The power of what ifs, Adam. Agreed.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Everything would be so different if Denmark hadn't conceded that late goal to Portugal.

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    James Tyler: We're off again in both games... Portugal 1, Netherlands 1 and Denmark 1, Germany 1.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Haha great comment John!

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    [Comment from John]
    This half-time music has me looking for Gob Bluth to appear

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    James Tyler: Teams are back out in Kharkiv.

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    James Tyler: Correct, Jwalk.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    so as it stands Germany and Portugal go thru?

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    James Tyler: Not sure I entirely agree, guest. Definitely gaps for Denmark to exploit but still seems very much in Deutschland's control.

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    [Comment from guest]
    Germany looks like Brasil today - great on O, but surprisingly open on D.

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    James Tyler: In the other game, Germany should be up 3-1 (Mario Gomez turned icy cold in the box) but a lovely right-footed finish by Lukas Podolski and an even sweeter Bendtner-to-Krohn-Dehli double header has it tied at 1-all also. HT

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    James Tyler: GAME RECAPS: Dutch start brightly, van der Vaart with a smooth curling shot to give them a 1-0 lead. From there, Portugal locates goal and bombards Stekelenburg. Ronaldo scores following marvelous work by Pereira, Dutch defense looks desperate. 1-1 HT

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    [Comment from LeanderAlphabet via Twitter]
    @paullev7 And then the deluge...

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    [Comment from LeanderAlphabet via Twitter]
    This Dutch team isn't going anywhere. Even though it's dominating possession and passing, Portugal is mass-producing chances. What a debacle

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    James Tyler: Pies are the best meal for watching soccer. Compact, heavy, satisfying.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Yep! The Dutch hold the longest active streak reaching the knockout round at 6 straight Euros

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    [Comment from Tim (GFOP)]
    I wish there was a fine pie shop nearby... I could use a football viewing snack.

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    James Tyler: I think, Nick, the Dutch needs to win by at least two goals and Denmark must lose. I think.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    What's the scenario for the Netherlands advancing?

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    [Comment from Joanna]
    I love when Michael Ballack drily shoots Alexi down!

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Ballack's better than Kasey Keller and Giuseppe Rossi combined, but I'm not sure that's saying much.

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    Roger Bennett: Ballack strikes me as a man that prefers to be feared that loved.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    My love for Michael Ballack is already well-known...

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Permutations seems to be the word of the day

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    I'm loving Michael Ballack on ESPN's studio coverage. Anyone else?

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    [Comment from Matt]
    I thought selassie for the chechs was impressive yesterday

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo already has as many touches in the attacking third (14) today as he did in the entire match against Germany

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    James Tyler: Think I just got punk'd there. Moving on...

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    [Comment from Tim (China)]
    Fun Fact: On Chinese TV, Christiano Ronaldo is known as "Cee Lo"

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    James Tyler: Fair point, though at 29, few teams would consider a big splash for MKD.

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    [Comment from cssounders]
    how about krohn-dehli?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Podolski is playing really well today

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    James Tyler: Dzagoev (though Russia knocked out), Mandzukic (likely to leave current club soon)

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    [Comment from Adam]
    So what player has seen his transfer value most enhanced so far in this tournament?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany and Denmark each had 5 chances in the first half

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    James Tyler: I'm thinking three more goals between the two games. Germany and Portugal to win.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    amount of combined goals in the next 45mins?

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    Roger Bennett: Yes... Gomez has been the Gomez of 2008. Lumpen. Heavy touch. Would be good to see Klose in the second half.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Germany and Portugal should both probably be up 4-1

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    Surprising that Germany is not ahead at this point.

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    Roger Bennett: 1-1 at LVIV. Ozil the undoubted star. More goals in this game though.

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    No added time, in spite of the matc featuring Nani, Ronaldo, and Arjen Robben. Gotta be a first.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Denmark 1, Germany 1

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Netherlands is 8-2-5 all time at EURO when tied at halftime

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    James Tyler: Andersen killing the clock in Lviv.

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    Roger Bennett: Christian Eriksen fails to find a man with the corner. Few player's trade value has fallen more this tournament

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Portugal 1, Netherlands 1. Well, then.

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    Ravi Ubha: HT here: Netherlands 1, Portugal 1. Best first half of football this tourney, and we've seen some good ones.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, I'm thinking so too. Very crisp after conceding.

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    Ravi Ubha: Portugal for me.

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    [Comment from guest]
    Ronaldo...more GOALS from you please!!

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    Ravi Ubha: A little breather now after a sizzling first 40 mins.

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    James Tyler: Rog, Ravi: which team is most likely to score next?

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    Roger Bennett: Danish corner... set pieces offer their best threat tonight

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    Ravi Ubha: Play it short, comes to nothing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Free kick for the Dutch just inside the halfway line.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    courtesy of @rogbennett this clip, which will teach reporters not to do TV segments in front of Dutch fans. Hilarious http://t.co/SXcJ8SUg

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    "@sidlowe: Piqué says he will remember Fields of Athenry as long as he lives." As will I.

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    [Comment from r_ubha via Twitter]
    @JamieGarwood We think the same, then.

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    Ravi Ubha: If the Dutch can sneak one before HT against the run of play, a twist.

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    [Comment from David]
    Germany should lead by 2 golas right now. Too many missed chances.

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    Roger Bennett: Germany giddily menacing on the counter. But Gomez's touch is heavy tonight and the final finish missing. Ozil is orchestrating every attack of note. Goals coming...

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    Ravi Ubha: Another chance! Good cross from Nani on the right and it's inches away from connecting with Ronaldo's head.

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    Ravi Ubha: They should be counting their blessings that it's still 1-1.

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    Ravi Ubha: What has happened to the Dutch since Portugal scored? Not the reaction Portugal had.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Khedira should've done better there.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: In the first 15 min of the game the Netherlands led Portugal in touches in the attacking third 34 to 5, since then Portugal leads with 50 touches (inc. 1 goal) to Netherlands 15

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    [Comment from John]
    Good to see the Dutch have imported Blackburn's defenders for this game

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    [Comment from Tim (GFOP)]
    Germany free kick from top of the 18 coming up.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    RVP, Huntelaar, Robben and Sneijder should just sit down and take a break, haven't seen them for a while.

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    James Tyler: Thomas Mueller clatters into Simon Kjaer on the edge of the Danish box and wins a free-kick.

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    James Tyler: Oh Matt. So wonderfully petty. But I applaud your line of thinking here. That said, extra time off for RvP just gives him and his agent time to work their magic.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    As an arsenal fan I, I'm hoping Netherlands go out and RVP misses a clear cut chance or two - hopefully convincing man city he's not worth the money...

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    [Comment from Tim (GFOP)]
    Ronaldo has been everywhere in the last 15 minutes.

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    [Comment from Zach]
    Ronaldo is all over the place

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo heads just wide from a set-piece! Group B is far from dead.

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    Ravi Ubha: Portugal should have scored at least three by now.

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    James Tyler: The Dutch look dreadful having started brightly. If we scored each quarter-hour as a round of boxing, both sides have won a round each. Portugal running Vlaar and Mathijsen ragged.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    The Portuguese passing over the last 10 minutes has been spectacular

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    James Tyler: German corner is lofted in by Ozil but the Danes clear.

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    Ravi Ubha: The Danish fans put Ronaldo off the other day. Think the Dutch fans should try something, too. Ronny having a brilliant game.

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Right now I'm acting out Group B action on the board game Risk

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Gomez bumbles a clean shot!

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    [Comment from Brendan]
    There needs to be a Euro Redzone channel for all this action

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    James Tyler: Chance for Portugal! Ronaldo uncorks a shot from 40-odd yards that Stekelenburg can only parry back into play.

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    James Tyler: Another chance for Germany! Corner finds Mario Gomez unmarked inside the box but he makes a mess of his shot on the volley. Goal kick, Denmark.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Germany! Ozil free-kick from the right flank just eludes Mats Hummels as Andersen comes off his line to punch it.

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    James Tyler: Who will strike next? All four teams on the board. All four teams looking dangerous and vulnerable in equal measure.

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    [Comment from guest]
    Nani gets a pass from Ronaldo misses just wide

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    James Tyler: Cut it in half, Matt W. Maybe then you can do split-screen.

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    [Comment from Matt W.]
    I only have one TV... what to do?

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    James Tyler: Nani fires wide from the right side of the box!

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    James Tyler: Really was a lovely finish by Ronaldo. Though he's made some sitters look awfully difficult thus far in the Euros, this was an elegant finish.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo's goal coming off just his14th touch of the game

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    [Comment from Dolph]
    RONALDO IS OFF THE SCHNIDE

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    That was world-class from Ronaldo. That looked so easy

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    [Comment from Kevin Ray (NY)]
    RONALDO FINALLY

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    [Comment from K]
    The madness continues.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Group B Euro 2012...may cause the following: seizures, heart-attacks, leaps of joys, crying, the demise of your country, unusual comfortability with pronouncing foreign names, etc

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    Roger Bennett: Take that Lionel Messi...

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    James Tyler: Now, Germany 1st, Portugal 2nd.

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    James Tyler: Sumptuous pass by Pereira to spring him free.

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    James Tyler: Well worked move down the right flank and Ronaldo beats the offside trap behind Vlaar to power home a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

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    James Tyler: Easy goal. Simple goal. Meat and potatoes for the Madrid man.

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    James Tyler: CRISTIANO RONALDO SCORES!

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    James Tyler: HANG ON

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Double header > double rainbow #Denmark

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    [Comment from Bendtners lucky underwear]
    I am in attendance thank you very much

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    James Tyler: Wesley Sneijder forces a low save from Rui Patricio. Decent hit that, Wes.

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    James Tyler: The Denmark goal really was incredible... Bendtner header to Krohn-Dehli for another header. I'm sure they practiced that on the training ground.

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    Roger Bennett: Bendtner massive on that goal... just an assist though, so we cannot confirm or deny attendance of lucky undies

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    James Tyler: Kyle: it's to prevent any collusion. Keeps results fair.

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    Why is there a doubleheader? I want to watch both games!

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Van Marwijk needs to have a live blog.

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    James Tyler: Hari: acquire a laptop and fire up WatchESPN.com to watch the other game

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    [Comment from hari]
    I dont know whether to watch ESPN or ESPN 2... HELP !!!!

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    [Comment from Brian]
    James, I think you mean #awesome

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    James Tyler: IF RESULTS HOLD: Germany 1st, Denmark 2nd. #madness

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    [Comment from Philip A]
    double header for denmark! one of the few in this tournament

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 5 of Denmark's 28 Euro finals goals have come from headers

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    [Comment from Kreed]
    KROHN-DEHLI

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Double headers are awesome

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    [Comment from GBK]
    I need more tvs

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    James Tyler: Poor back-post marking allows Krohn-Dehli to power home a header past Manuel Neuer!

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    [Comment from Paolo_Bandini via Twitter]
    There have now been 20 games at #euro2012 - and not a single goalless draw (via @JohnMolinaro)

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Denmark score! Not to be hyperbolic but that could be bigger than their 1852 victory over Frederick William IV in the First Schleswig War

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    James Tyler: Gadzooks. I need oxygen.

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    James Tyler: DENMARK EQUALIZES IN LVIV!

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    Ravi Ubha: Van der Wiel having a horrible time.

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    James Tyler: A close-range effort by the Real Madrid demi-god but he can't beat the keeper. Moments later Ronaldo pounces on a long ball over the top but he's marginally offside. Cue hands on hips time.

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    James Tyler: What a save by Stekelenburg to deny Cristiano Ronaldo!

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    James Tyler: Chance for the Dutch as Nigel de Jong is unmarked for a header inside the six yard box but he thunders his effort over the bar.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: And actually, Robben leads Netherlands in assists in Euro finals history at 5 with Bergkamp coming in at 4

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    James Tyler: Portugal-Netherlands is more wide open than the NBA Finals at present. Defense is but an afterthought, a dead language, an extinct species.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Thats the first time hes scored with his right foot in the Euros (he scored three left)

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    I feel like this day will be the best day of this Euro 2012 competition.

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    James Tyler: No, Justin. Germany in 1st, Portugal in 2nd. Netherlands needs more goals.

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    Ravi Ubha: That after Low said Wednesday he felt Podolski could do more. Helps that Podolski doesn't have to do as much work today defensively with no Robben around.

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    [Comment from Justin]
    So I know it's unlikely, but say the results hold as they are right now. Who advances? Netherlands and Germany?

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Soccer gods are just teasing them for an inevitable 85th minute collapse.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Podolski scores with his right foot??? Almost as rare as a Robben assist. What is going on today???

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    James Tyler: It's all happening now... Helder Postiga humiliates Ron Vlaar inside the box and gets space to shoot but can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Dutch clear.

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    Today, @Graeme_McDowell is aiming to become just the 4th different player since 1950 to win 2 U.S. Open titles in a 3-year span.

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    [Comment from TC]
    the stars are slowly aligning for the Dutch.

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    James Tyler: Easy as you like for Podolski. Low cross from the right is turned into his path and Lars Jacobsen can't get across to block the shot.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    YESSS GOOOO PODOLSKI SCORES FOR PORTUGAL....

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Soccer Gods are smiling on Netherlands today

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    Roger Bennett: PODOLSKI SCORES. ARSENAL FANS EVERYWHERE you can breath again

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    James Tyler: Lukas Podolski batters one home unmarked inside the box.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Podolski scores!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR GERMANY!

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    James Tyler: Moments later, Raul Meireles lashes a shot into the side netting from the right side of the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Thought the game was gonna be good. Exceeding my expectations.

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    James Tyler: Under no pressure, Postiga gets a backpass intended for Vlaar and hurries into the box, but with just Stekelenburg to beat, his shot goes wide. Took a small deflection but the corner amounts to nothing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Back to his old self.

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    James Tyler: WHAT A MISS BY HELDER POSTIGA!

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    [Comment from Travis]
    POST comes up big again!

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    James Tyler: In Lviv, a Mesut Ozil free kick wide on the right is curled into the box but overhit. Goal kick, Denmark.

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    James Tyler: I'm assuming it's already happened.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    So JT, how are we on that over/under on Wesley yelling at RVP?

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    James Tyler: Lovely move by Cristiano on the right flank, skipping past Ron Vlaar and shooting low to the near post but it pings off the outside of the upright and out for a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: RONALDO HITS THE POST!

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    James Tyler: Now, fifteen minutes in and Portugal can barely thread two passes together. Very disjointed in the early going. Just chasing the Dutch around the attacking third, like a persistent dog chasing a mail truck.

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    James Tyler: Nicky Bendtner shoots from distance in the other Group B game but it's well wide of goal.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The Arjen Robben Redemption Tour begins in Kharkiv. Plenty of time for the Dutch to make it a party bus.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Robben with an assist...two words you don't often see in the same sentence.

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    Ravi Ubha: Finally some good by Robben. Three Portugal players drawn to him, leaving space for van der Vaart to wind up.

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    [Comment from Shelton]
    Deserved - great movement and buildup... excellent finish.

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Wow.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    And THAT is why he should have been starting from the beginning

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    [Comment from ToddInTheShadows]
    ONE DOWN ONE TO GO! HUP ORANJE

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Excellent strike!

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    James Tyler: Game. On.

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    James Tyler: The Portuguese sit-back strategy backfires! Again Arjen Robben cuts infield from the right flank and finds van der Vaart in space, and the Spurs midfielder bends a delightful shot from the edge of the box past Rui Patricio. A lovely curling finish by VdV.

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    James Tyler: RAFAEL VAN DER VAART!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR NETHERLANDS!

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Ravi. First ten minutes has been all Netherlands in terms of possession. Portugal more or less sitting back and daring the Dutch to attack.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good work by Nani thus far. Only Portugal player who can keep the ball.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Netherlands has an 88% pass completion this tournament, that's 5% more than Germany yet they havent scored nearly as many goals

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    James Tyler: Long crossfield ball into the box for Sneijder is well placed but the Inter man is offside.

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    James Tyler: If only, Bobby T. Ravi's referring to the infamous Battle of Nuremberg. Ref Valentin Ivanov lost control of a scrappy group game and went giddy with the whistle.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Were those just the cards De jong had in the 2006 WC?

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    James Tyler: Nani tries to win a free-kick simply for running into Wesley Sneijder. The whistle remains unblown.

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    James Tyler: Portugal's corner is only half-cleared but Moutinho fouls Stekelenburg as another cross is floated in.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Arjen Robben has already passed twice...two good passes #Statsie

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo's strike is deflected off the wall for a corner. Ron Vlaar taking the hit to the head.

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    James Tyler: Robben cuts it infield (of course) and finds van der Vaart, but his shot is blocked by Nani. Immediately the United player takes off upfield, riding a couple of challenges. Then Moutinho is chopped down. Portugal free-kick, 30-ish yards out.

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    Ravi Ubha: De Jong went in pretty hard on Nani in a City vs. United battle.
    Reminder: 2006 World Cup, 16 bookings 4 reds.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Andersen makes a great save on Muller, who probably should have scored there.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Alex! Germany comes close to first goal in Lviv.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    WHAT A SAVE BY ANDERSEN!!!

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    James Tyler: According to UEFA, "if they lose to Denmark by any result other than a one-goal defeat in which Germany score at least two AND Portugal win."

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    How bad does Germany need to lose to get knocked out (assuming a Portugal win)?

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    James Tyler: Chance for the Dutch! Good play on the right wing and a cross is overhit but falls for Sneijder unmarked, though he volleys into the side netting from a narrow angle.

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    James Tyler: Probably not that much, Scouser. The rankings are averaged over (I think) four years' worth of results so the bigger clubs might drop a few spots but nothing monumental.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Supposing the Dutch stay true to form and crash out, what do you expect the extent of the damge to their FIFA ranking to be?

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    James Tyler: Ooh. A Williems left-wing cross is deflected and loops toward goal. Huntelaar can't get it but Patricio can.

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    James Tyler: Early Dutch possession down the left. Jetro Willems can't beat Pereira on the dribble.

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    Ravi Ubha: Something to keep an eye on: When the Portuguese go down, I'm sure they'll stay down for just that little longer. Longer than usual, that is.

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    James Tyler: Early foul as van der Vaart bangs into Raul Meireles.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    RT @ESPN_US_Soccer: Lots at stake in #euro2012 Group B. Join @JamesTylerESPN @rogbennett and @r_ubha in live chat for NED-POR & GER- ...

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    James Tyler: Countdown.... and we are underway in Kharkiv!

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    James Tyler: I'm saying no on that. I think his agonized drought continues.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Ronaldo has at least ONE goal today, right JT?

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    James Tyler: I think so, German fan. They have to attack. Goals are needed. De Jong can handle the work in the middle, one assumes. Or he'll just start kicking.

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    [Comment from german fan]
    good strategy from the dutch ? playing only one holding midfielder ..?

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    Our preview on tonight's X-Factors in the #Finals Game 3. http://es.pn/KaPuvr. Can Ibaka deny Heat inside? Will Battier keep this up?

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    James Tyler: LINEUP REMINDER:
    Portugal (4-3-3):
    12-Patricio; 21-Pereira, 2-Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Coentrao; 4-Veloso, 8-Moutinho, 16-Meireles; 17-Nani, 23-Postiga, 7-Ronaldo.

    Holland (4-2-3-1 probably):
    1-Stekelenburg; 2-Van der Wiel, 4-Mathijsen, 13-Vlaar, 15-Willems; 8-De Jong, 10-Sneijder; 11-Robben, 23-Van der Vaart, 11-Van Persie; 9-Huntelaar.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    How tall is Sneijder? He looks like Tyrion Lannister out there.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo and van der Vaart exchange pennants.

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    James Tyler: Beauty of this for Portugal is that they can lose today and still advance if Denmark loses and the Dutch don't overcome the goal difference.

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    [Comment from german fan]
    speaking of meeting famous people.. i once met ivica olic in hamburg... when i was on a trip to germany !!!

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    James Tyler: Hup Hup Holland, or Nope Nope Holland? What will the next 90 minutes give us?

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    Roger Bennett: 4/7 Germany v 11/2 Denmark; 13/5 draw.....6/4 Holland v 17/10 Portugal; 12/5 draw.

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    Roger Bennett: I once met Jogi Loew walking up 6th avenue in New York City. Off the field, the gent favors stone washed jeans. Fact.

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    James Tyler: John: refer to UEFA.com, grab a Rubik's Cube and begin speaking in tongues. Easiest way.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    How does the tiebreak system work? I dont understand how the Netherlands can still possibly advance...

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    James Tyler: Quick pregame reading... Ravi's preview of Portugal-Netherlands:
    http://espnfc.com/us/en/news/1104086/ubhacan-dutch-rescue-their-campaign.html

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    James Tyler: Rog, you handling the Danish-Germany game for us?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    If Cristiano Ronaldo feels pressure, you can't tell yet. But when those hands creep upon his hips, we'll know.

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    Roger Bennett: ADRIAN HEALEY!!! Role model for today's American youth. former, goth rock manager. class act.

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    James Tyler: McManaman and Sir Ian Darke are handling Netherlands v. Portugal on the magic microphones.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    I'll take the under on that JT!

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    I'll take the over

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    James Tyler: To recap here: a win for any of these teams ensures safe passage. That goes for the Dutch (who need a two-goal win) to sneak in at the death.

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    [Comment from r_ubha via Twitter]
    Also a Dutch move in defense: the error prone Heitinga out, Vlaar in.

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    James Tyler: I'll set a tentative line at 16.5

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    [Comment from Mhaaskivi]
    Whats the over/under on number of minutes before Sneijder starts screaming at van Persie?

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Netherlands might not win but Robben will definitely definitely cut inside!

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Mista. But Heitinga was dreadful. Had to go. And at least if the Dutch fail today, no-one can say van Marwijk didn't try.

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    [Comment from Mista]
    Strange line up from Bert... Vlaar in for heitinga who in turn went out for Mathijsen... Doesn't exude confidence. Also vdv is bad anywhere except as CAM so I don't know if I like the changes.

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    James Tyler: Delusion and hope are obvious bedfellows, Bob Smith. I'd say it's the latter. Never give up. Not even England fans recognize when the odds are too great to overcome.

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    Roger Bennett: Great question Mike. You could always go into your local Best Buy and get them to put the games on their big screen tvs.

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    [Comment from Bob Smith]
    42% think the Netherlands will advance? Delusional Netherlands fans, or just people who haven't actually seen their last two games?

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    James Tyler: I will try and summon Leander, Calvin. If not on CiL, his Twitter feed will be represented here.

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    [Comment from Calvin]
    Did Leander already drown in his tears? If not, we need him here for when the Dutch lead by a goal with 8 to play

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    James Tyler: I will be glued to Netherlands-Portugal, GFOP Mike. One eye on the Germans' casual handling of Denmark.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Alex. Thanks again for your stellar work yesterday.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Hey there Ravi!

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    Ravi Ubha: No one can question Van Marwijk's team tonight. It's the changes many wanted to see.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    So which match should get the TV and which should be on the iPad without sound?

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    Ravi Ubha: Pre-game dancing going on, as has been the case throughout the first two weeks. Dancers decked out in the Ukraine colors of yellow and blue.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Will RvP deliver? Will Robben? Will neither? Join me @rogbennett and @r_ubha for live Group B chat: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8061337/group-death-finale #ESPNEuros

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    Roger Bennett: Yes... Gotze is one of the hidden gems we are yet to see at Euro 2012... along with the Greek Messi Fetfatzidis

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    [Comment from Chris]
    I'd listen to Sir Ian Darke read Twilight.

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    James Tyler: Aye, anfield_rap. Would be very nice. I also wish Kevin Strootman had seen some minutes for the Dutch.

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    [Comment from anfield_rap]
    would like to see gotze and reus at some point for the germans

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    Roger Bennett: Sir Ian Darke is going to read the Metro Cleveland area yellow pages and i will run beautifully over both matches

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Who is commentating on which match? On the television that is.

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    James Tyler: Settled for Jogi Low. Bender replaces the suspended Jerome Boateng but otherwise, serenity now for Die Mannschaft.

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    James Tyler: Denmark v. Germany:
    DENMARK:
    1-Andersen;
    6-Jacobsen, 4-Agger, 3-Kjaer, 5-S. Poulsen;
    21-Zimling, 7-Kvist;
    19-J Poulsen, 8-Eriksen, 9-Krohn-Dehli;
    11-Bendtner

    Germany
    1-Neuer;
    15-Bender, 14-Badstuber, 5-Hummels, 16-Lahm;
    6-Khedira, 7-Schweinsteiger;
    13-Muller, 8-Ozil, 10-Podolski;
    23-Gomez

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    James Tyler: Bert van Marwijk finally caved to pressure, dropping the hapless van Bommel and starting Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and RvP, though not alongside one another.

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    James Tyler: Portugal:
    12-Patricio;
    21-Pereira, 2-Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Coentrao;
    4-Veloso, 8-Moutinho, 16-Meireles;
    17-Nani, 23-Postiga, 7-Ronaldo.

    Holland:
    1-Stekelenburg;
    2-Van der Wiel, 4-Mathijsen, 13-Vlaar, 15-Willems;
    8-De Jong, 10-Sneijder;
    11-Robben, 23-Van der Vaart, 11-Van Persie;
    9-Huntelaar.

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    James Tyler: Anyone want lineups? I reckon so.
    Starting with Portugal v. Holland, the game I'll be featuring on primarily:

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    James Tyler: Thanks for joining.

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    James Tyler: Hi Michelle!

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    James Tyler: The Dutch need a win, the Dutch need goals, and RvP will be expected to supply.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Hey all, Michelle from ESPN Stats & Information here

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    James Tyler: RvP. He has to come good after a sublime Prem season. Onus is on him and the Dutch to overturn their deficits. Ronaldo could fail again today and Portugal could still be alright.

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    Roger Bennett: JT: Who do you think is feeling the pressure more tonight? Robin Van Persie? Ronaldo? or Christian Eriksen?

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Flying Donkey. The criteria make my head spin, as do the various permutations and combinations.

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    [Comment from Flying Donkey]
    Denmark & Holland can't happen, I don't think... Denmark & Portugal is the toughest one, but it is possible; it requires very specific results from the Denmark-Germany game (1-0, 2-1, or a 2-goal win for Denmark)

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    James Tyler: Good afternoon, Rog!

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    Roger Bennett: Hello JT. @rogbennett reporting for duty. Germany versus Denmark. Am typing with one hand, putting on my lucky Paddy Power Boxer Shorts with the other.

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    Ravi Ubha: Very pleasant evening in Kharkiv, unlike in Kiev two days ago when it was rather cold. Just watering the pitch 20 mins before KO.

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    James Tyler: From UEFA.com, some info on how the Group could end:
    • Germany are not quite through, but will be as group winners (meaning a match against Greece in Gdansk) if they draw. They will be knocked out, though, if they lose to Denmark by any result other than a one-goal defeat in which Germany score at least two AND Portugal win.
    • Denmark will progress with any win. A draw will only be good enough if Portugal lose. If Denmark lose they are out.
    • Portugal will be through with victory unless Denmark win by a one-goal margin (other than 2-1 and 1-0). They will progress with a draw unless Denmark win. Portugal will also be through if they lose by a one-goal margin and Denmark are also beaten.
    • The Netherlands must win by a two-goal margin and hope Denmark also lose to finish second and take on the Czech Republic in Warsaw.

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    James Tyler: I don't even know if these permutations are all possible, such is the mania of the various tiebreakers and criteria.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Ravi!

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    James Tyler: ALSO: ESPN3.com or WatchESPN.com will have online streams, and online radio feeds are available at ESPNRadio.com

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    James Tyler: These games will be on ESPN and ESPN2, for those of you asking. POR-NED on ESPN, GER-DEN on ESPN2.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, James, and hi, everyone.
    This should be good!

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    James Tyler: I'd say so, Travis. Would certainly make it a lot easier.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    On the slim but certainly possible chance both Germany and the Netherlands get knocked out, is this Spain's tournament to lose?

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Good afternoon and Happy Father's Day!

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    [Comment from GBK]
    I think Portugal/Germany go through. A 2 goal win is a lot of pressure to ask of the Dutch.

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    [Comment from David]
    Hello! Go Portugal!!!!

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    [Comment from Guest]
    GO Germany

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    James Tyler: Give me a moment to get settled here; we have Ravi Ubha in Kharkiv and Roger Bennett in his blazer joining us, along with some help from the Stats & Info department.

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    James Tyler: How on earth is Group B going to shake out today? So many permutations, a whole lotta ins, a whole lotta outs.

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    James Tyler: And Happy Father's Day to those of you of the dad persuasion.

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    James Tyler: Good afternoon, one and all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Portugal

  • 24(8)

  • 17

  • 17

  • 38%

    62%

  • Netherlands

  • 14(3)

  • 12

  • 12

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