Denmark match-winner Krohn-Dehli relishes goal against Netherlands

The winger revealed his delight at scoring against the nation where he previously spent eight years playing domestically, and was praised by Danish manager Morten Olsen
Michael Krohn-Dehli spoke of his satisfaction at scoring the only goal for Denmark as they recorded a surprise 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in their first game of Euro 2012 on Saturday.

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The Brondby winger struck in the 24th minute to secure the three points for the Danes and send them, at least temporarily, to the top of Group B.

The goal was all the more memorable for Krohn-Dehli due to the fact that he had previously spent time playing in the Netherlands with Ajax, RKC Waalwijk and Sparta Rotterdam.

"It's a little bit special for me as I played for eight years in Holland and have a Dutch girlfriend, so I think the whole family was cheering in Holland," he told reporters after the game.

"I found space to move in, and I'm very happy I was able to score one against the Dutch. It's now not so necessary to win the rest [of the group games] in order to advance to the knockout stage."

Denmark manager Morten Olsen praised Krohn-Dehli for his contribution, and admitted it had been "a mistake" to leave him out of the squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"He was unlucky with injuries during his time in Holland but now he's at a good age, his best age for football," said Olsen.

"He played fantastically for us in the qualification games, especially against Norway and Portugal. I hope he'll play for the national side for many more years."

Denmark's next game in Group B is on Wednesday against Portugal.