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The Dutch lost their Euro 2012 Group B opener 1-0 against the Danes on Saturday and now face a battle to qualify for the quarter-finals

By Greg Stobart in Kharkiv

Netherlands defender John Heitinga has claimed it was "a miracle" that his side lost their Euro 2012 Group B opener against Denmark in Kharkiv.

The Dutch were shocked by Michael Krohn-Dehli’s 24th minute strike as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Metalist Stadium despite dominating the game and missing several chances.

"It’s a miracle," Heitinga told Goal.comafter the match.
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"They only made half a chance and they scored. It's unbelievable.

"It was a big surprise. Look at how many chances we created. There is no way anyone can say Denmark deserved to win.

"Denmark didn't play very well. You can’t have played well when you give so many chances away. They didn't do very much but I suppose they worked hard - even Nicklas Bendtner was playing at centre-back near the end."

Heitinga went on to say that Bert Van Marwijk's side should have been awarded a penalty for an apparent handball by Denmark defender Lars Jacobsen late on in the game.

The Everton centre-back spoke of the shock among Netherlands players in the dressing room at full-time and believes that Oranje must now win their remaining two group matches, against Germany and Portugal, to reach to quarter-finals.

"Sometimes the referee makes a wrong decision and it can hurt you," he added.

"We know what we have to do. You could tell in the changing room after the game. Everyone was silent. It was sort of shock, the only thing we did wrong was that we didn't score.

"We know now that we have to win both games to stay in the tournament. The game against Germany now is going to be a big, big game.

"We've got the players, we've got the quality and we've got the skills. The problem is that we're bottom of the group.

"Now, we need the score to go in our favour. We don't need to play any better in the next two games."

Netherlands' next clash, against arch-rivals Germany, kicks off at 20:45CET on Wednesday.