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June 9, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
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Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark

Krohn-Dehli goal ensures nightmare start for the Dutch in the Group of Death.

Greg Stobart in Kharkiv

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    23
    11
    2.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    The Netherlands goalkeeper slammed the turf in anger after being beaten through his legs for the Denmark goal. Made some sharp saves to prevent the Danes increasing their lead.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    6
    17
    2.50

    Gregory van der Wiel

    The Ajax man was comfortable for most of the game but looked uncomfortable when Krohn-Dehli ran at him. Barely crossed the halfway line and perhaps could have offered more in attack.

  • John Heitinga
    11
    37
    1.50

    John Heitinga Flop of the Match

    The Everton central defender made a half-hearted attempt to stop Krohn-Dehli and was punished as the Denmark attacker slotted home the opener in the 24th minute. Played some dangerous long passes but looked flat footed when the Danes went forward.

  • Ron Vlaar
    16
    11
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Solid display from the center back as he denied Bendtner space and took up alert defensive positions.

  • Jetro Willems
    32
    9
    3.00

    Jetro Willems

    The 18-year-old became the youngest ever player in a European Championship, but he didn't look out of place. First involvement was a confident shot from 30 yards and he was solid throughout defensively.

  • Mark van Bommel
    22
    17
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    The Dutch captain sat in midfield as a screen for the back four. Tidy on the ball but lacked creativity as his side dominated possession. Booked for rash late challenge on Zimling in the second half.

  • Nigel De Jong
    12
    25
    2.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Similar to van Bommel in that he did his job but was not overly tested by a Denmark side happy to sit back and defend. Replaced by Van der Vaart in the 71st minute as the Dutch went in search of a goal.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    65
    3
    3.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    The playmaker showed his class with some wonderful passes for Van Persie and then Huntelaar and always tried to make something happen. Took up good attacking positions but shooting was wayward from around the edge of the box.

  • Arjen Robben
    13
    42
    2.50

    Arjen Robben

    Hugged the touchline and constantly looked to run at the Danish defense. Hit the post in the first half but often made the wrong decisions in the final third after getting into dangerous areas.

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    36
    12
    3.00

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Nominally played on the left side but came to life when he drifted infield. Shot over the bar in the first half before being replaced by Huntelaar in the 71st minute.

  • Robin van Persie
    20
    47
    2.00

    Robin van Persie

    A night to forget for the Arsenal captain. Good link-up play and classy outside the penalty area, but his finishing was poor as he missed a string of good chances. Worst offense was poor first touch that allowed Andersen to smother while an air kick in the second half summed up his game.

Substitutions

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    15
    16
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Tottenham midfield came on for De Jong in the 71st minute but had little influence on the game.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    12
    14

    Dirk Kuyt

    Replaced Van der Wiel late on. Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    18
    13
    2.50

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Replaced Afellay in the 71st minute and lurked on the shoulder of the last man. Had a superb chance to score after latching on to a wonderful Sneijder pass, but saw his effort saved by Andersen.

  • Stephan Andersen
    47
    5
    3.00

    Stephan Andersen

    Made some strong saves to keep Denmark in the game, particularly in denying Van Persie when one-on-one in the first half. Lucky not to be punished for sloppy clearance that went straight to Robben.

  • Simon Kjaer
    74
    1
    4.00

    Simon Kjaer

    The Roma center back looked shaky earlier on but grew in authority, providing a firm base for an excellent defensive display, particularly in the second half. Constantly made good decisions and was often a step ahead of the Holland forwards.

  • Daniel Agger
    84
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    The Denmark captain sometimes allowed Van Persie to pull off his shoulder but his anticipation was vital as he made important interceptions and organized the back four.

  • Simon Poulsen
    29
    36
    2.00

    Simon Poulsen

    The left back had a difficult time against Robben and was often beaten by the winger's pace and skill - but was not punished.

  • Lars Jacobsen
    26
    6
    3.00

    Lars Jacobsen

    Had to stay alert to the movement of the Netherlands' attacking quartet and did well. Sometimes gambled by allowing Afellay to roam inside but know his role.

  • William Kvist Jörgensen
    23
    10
    3.00

    William Kvist Jörgensen

    Played an important role sitting in midfield. Got caught ball-watching at times but made a nuisance of himself when Holland players got between the lines.

  • Christian Eriksen
    31
    10
    2.50

    Christian Eriksen

    The Ajax star's influence grew as the game went on, offering calmness on the ball on the rare occasions that Denmark had a spell of possession. Picked out some incisive passes to runners in wide areas.

  • Michael Krohn-Dehli
    85
    4
    4.00

    Michael Krohn-Dehli Top of the Match

    Sparked into life after a quiet start as he scored the winner in the 24th minute, dropping a shoulder to burst past Heitinga before producing a classy finish through Stekelenberg's legs. Continued to drift in and out of the game thereafter but was always a threat, testing Stekelenberg with a powerful shot.

  • Niki Zimling
    30
    5
    2.50

    Niki Zimling

    Worked tirelessly to press the Netherlands midfield and deny their creative players time on the ball. Passing was simple and efficient.

  • Dennis Rommedahl
    19
    9
    2.00

    Dennis Rommedahl

    The experienced winger had very little involvement in the game. Worked hard on the right flank but never had a chance to run at Willems.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    37
    11
    3.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    For a man with so much arrogance, performed a very selfless role as the focal point of the attack. Kept chasing lost causing despite never really getting a sight on the Denmark goal.

Substitutions

  • Lasse Schöne
    20
    3
    2.50

    Lasse Schöne

    Replaced Eriksen in the 74th minute and took up good positions as Denmark saw out the game.

  • Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen
    20
    2

    Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen

    Replaced Rommedahl six minutes from time.

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