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Contract issues hampering Van Persie and five things we learnt from day two of Euro 2012

Contract issues hampering Van Persie and five things we learnt from day two of Euro 2012

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Goal.com takes a look at the five things that we learned from Matchday two of Euro 2012


I
Gomez has learnt his lesson, Robben hasn't

Mario Gomez scored the winner against Portugal heading in from a difficult position. The Bayern man wasn't wasteful in front of goal like in the Champions League final. Gomez has learned to make his chances count and he did make this one count in the "Group of Death." Another Bayern player, Arjen Robben has failed to learn from his outing against Chelsea. The Dutchman missed chances and failed to create enough opportunities for his team-mates from the wings. As the game grew, he increasingly became selfish and fired ambitious shots over the post.

II
Contract issues troubling RVP?

The Arsenal man was a shadow of himself. A month ago, he would have bagged a hat-trick in a game against Denmark with so many chances but a poor first touch, poor finishing and an airkick let him and the thousands of other fans down. He didn't justify his inclusion in the team ahead of the in-form Klaas jan Huntelaar as he failed to influence the game apart from some neat passing and good link up play outside the penalty area. What has kept RVP from performing poorly in the first game? Maybe it was just an off day, unlucky game or the prolonged and publicized contract talks with Arsenal finally getting on the striker's nerves?

III
Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers

Germany were let off late in the game against Portugal when Manuel Neuer saved a shot from Silvestre Varela in a one-on-one situation. Neuer was largely untroubled throughout the game but did brilliantly when called upon to make a crucial stop. Neuer's reputation as a world class goalkeeper is increasing with his excellent performances for Bayern Munich especially his heroics in the penalty shootout against Real Madrid. Neuer has shined once at the big stage this season already and looks set for another excellent outing with Germany at the Euros. If he keeps up performing well, he may prove decisive in Germany's quest for European success.

IV
Hummels and Badstuber are Germany's future

The defensive pair of Hummels and Badstuber performed well against Portugal. They looked to have improved vastly especially Hummels who was excellent in the air and marshaled Postiga brilliantly. He and his partner made vital interceptions and blocks to stop Portugal from getting a sniff at the goal. If these two are to maintain this level of performance, Joachim Low and his successors can breathe a sigh of relief as their defensive woes are solved. They will remind of other defensive greats such as Franz Beckenbauer, Jurgen Kohler and Matthias Sammer.

V
Another reminder for goal-line technology?

Portugal nearly raged another debate for the implementation of goal line technology when Pepe's shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back off the line. The assistant on the far side got that absolutely correct but would have been troubled if the margins were smaller. That was too close a call to make with all Portuguese players claiming it as a goal. If the referee had got that wrong then the ongoing debate for the introduction of goal-line technology would have got a tremendous boost. Had the referee disallowed a legitimate goal or awarded a "ghost goal", one of the teams would have definitely cried foul. Is the implementation of goal-line technology necessary now in such a big tournament with lots of hope piled on just one shot?


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