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Group B of UEFA Euro 2012 began on 9 June 2012 and ended on 17 June 2012. The pool was made up of the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal. Germany and Portugal progressed to the quarter-finals, while Denmark and the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament.

Group B was dubbed by many the "group of death" of Euro 2012.[1][2][3][4] All four teams were in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings at the start of the tournament.[5]

In the first round, Denmark upset Netherlands 1–0 with a 24th-minute goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli.[6] In the next match, Germany defeated Portugal 1–0 with a 72nd-minute goal from Mario Gómez, leaving Germany and Denmark tied at three points at the top of the group with Portugal and the Netherlands at the bottom of the group with no points.[7]

In the second round, when Portugal played Denmark, Portugal went ahead 2–0 with a 24th-minute goal from Pepe and a 36th-minute goal from Hélder Postiga, but with two goals from Nicklas Bendtner (41st and 80th minute), Denmark equalized. However, Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored in the 87th minute to give Portugal the win.[8] In the next match, Netherlands and Germany continued their longstanding rivalry. Striker Mario Gómez scored twice in the first half (24th and 38th minute) to put the Germans ahead 2–0, and despite a 73rd-minute goal from Robin van Persie, Germany won 2–1.[9]

Leading into the third round, all four teams were still able to qualify and no team was already qualified, despite the fact that Germany had 6 points and Netherlands had 0 points. Ultimately, Germany defeated Denmark 2–1 after Lukas Podolski and Lars Bender scored for Germany in the 19th and 80th minutes, respectively, despite an equalizer from Michael Krohn-Dehli in the 24th minute.[10] In the other match (played simultaneously in order to prevent the teams from gaining a strategic advantage by knowing the result of the other match on the same day) between Portugal and Netherlands, Rafael van der Vaart scored to give the Netherlands a lead for the first time in the entire tournament, but after much criticism in the media for his failure to score in the first two matches,[11][12] Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to secure a 2–1 victory for Portugal.[13] With these results, Germany and Portugal qualified, in first and second place, respectively, and Denmark and Netherlands were eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Pot Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
UEFA Rankings
November 2011[nb 1]
FIFA Rankings
June 2012
B1   Netherlands 1 Group E winner 6 September 2011 9th 2008 Winners (1988) 2 4
B2   Denmark 4 Group H winner 11 October 2011 8th 2004 Winners (1992) 11 9
B3   Germany[nb 2] 2 Group A winner 2 September 2011 11th 2008 Winners (1972, 1980, 1996) 3 3
B4   Portugal 3 Play-off winner 15 November 2011 6th 2008 Runners-up (2004) 9 10
Notes
  1. ^ The UEFA rankings of November 2011 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9 Advance to knockout phase
2   Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
3   Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   Netherlands 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group B, Germany, advanced to play the runner-up of Group A, Greece.
  • The runner-up of Group B, Portugal, advanced to play the winner of Group A, Czech Republic.

MatchesEdit

Netherlands vs DenmarkEdit

Netherlands  0–1  Denmark
Report
Attendance: 35,923[14]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[15]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denmark[15]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel   85'
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 13 Ron Vlaar
LB 15 Jetro Willems
CM 8 Nigel de Jong   71'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel (c)   67'
RW 11 Arjen Robben
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 20 Ibrahim Afellay   71'
CF 16 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart   71'
FW 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   71'
FW 7 Dirk Kuyt   85'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
 
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen   78'
CM 7 William Kvist   81'
CM 21 Niki Zimling
RW 10 Dennis Rommedahl   84'
AM 8 Christian Eriksen   74'
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 14 Lasse Schøne   74'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen   84'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark)[14]

Assistant referees:
Primoz Arhar (Slovenia)
Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Fourth official:
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Additional assistant referees:
Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Germany vs PortugalEdit

Germany  1–0  Portugal
Report
Attendance: 32,990[16]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany[17]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[17]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng   69'
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber   43'
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller   90+4'
AM 8 Mesut Özil   87'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 23 Mario Gómez   80'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose   80'
MF 18 Toni Kroos   87'
MF 15 Lars Bender   90+4'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
 
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão   60'
CM 16 Raul Meireles   80'
CM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani
CF 23 Hélder Postiga   13'   70'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira   70'
FW 18 Silvestre Varela   80'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Mesut Özil (Germany)[16]

Assistant referees:
Frédéric Cano (France)
Michael Annonier (France)
Fourth official:
Marcin Borski (Poland)
Additional assistant referees:
Fredy Fautrel (France)
Ruddy Buquet (France)

Denmark vs PortugalEdit

Denmark  2–3  Portugal
Report
Attendance: 31,840[18]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denmark[19]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[19]
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen   81'
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen
DM 7 William Kvist
CM 21 Niki Zimling   16'
RW 10 Dennis Rommedahl   60'
AM 8 Christian Eriksen
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli   90+2'
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 19 Jakob Poulsen   56'   16'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen   60'
MF 14 Lasse Schøne   90+2'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
 
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão
CM 16 Raul Meireles   29'   84'
CM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani   89'
CF 23 Hélder Postiga   64'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)   90+2'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira   64'
FW 18 Silvestre Varela   84'
DF 14 Rolando   89'
Manager:
Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Pepe (Portugal)[18]

Assistant referees:
Alasdair Ross (Scotland)
Derek Rose (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Viktor Shvetsov (Ukraine)
Additional assistant referees:
William Collum (Scotland)
Euan Norris (Scotland)

Netherlands vs GermanyEdit

Netherlands  1–2  Germany
Report
Attendance: 37,750[20]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[21]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany[21]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 15 Jetro Willems   90'
CM 8 Nigel de Jong   80'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel (c)   46'
RW 11 Arjen Robben   83'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 20 Ibrahim Afellay   46'
CF 16 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart   46'
FW 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   46'
FW 7 Dirk Kuyt   83'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
 
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng   87'
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller   90+2'
AM 8 Mesut Özil   81'
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 23 Mario Gómez   72'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Miroslav Klose   72'
MF 18 Toni Kroos   81'
MF 15 Lars Bender   90+2'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Mario Gómez (Germany)[20]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)
Additional assistant referees:
Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

Portugal vs NetherlandsEdit

Portugal  2–1  Netherlands
Report
Attendance: 37,445[22]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[23]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[23]
GK 12 Rui Patrício
RB 21 João Pereira   90+2'
CB 2 Bruno Alves
CB 3 Pepe
LB 5 Fábio Coentrão
CM 16 Raul Meireles   72'
CM 4 Miguel Veloso
CM 8 João Moutinho
RF 17 Nani   87'
CF 23 Hélder Postiga   64'
LF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 11 Nélson Oliveira   64'
MF 6 Custódio   72'
DF 14 Rolando   87'
Manager:
Paulo Bento
 
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 13 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 15 Jetro Willems   51'   67'
DM 8 Nigel de Jong
CM 23 Rafael van der Vaart (c)
RW 11 Arjen Robben
AM 16 Robin van Persie   69'
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitutions:
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay   67'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[22]

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Martin Atkinson (England)
Additional assistant referees:
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

Denmark vs GermanyEdit

Denmark  1–2  Germany
Report
Attendance: 32,990[24]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denmark[25]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany[25]
GK 1 Stephan Andersen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær
CB 4 Daniel Agger (c)
LB 5 Simon Poulsen
DM 7 William Kvist
CM 19 Jakob Poulsen   82'
CM 21 Niki Zimling   78'
RW 8 Christian Eriksen
LW 9 Michael Krohn-Dehli
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 2 Christian Poulsen   78'
FW 23 Tobias Mikkelsen   82'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
 
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 15 Lars Bender
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 14 Holger Badstuber
LB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CM 6 Sami Khedira
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller   84'
AM 8 Mesut Özil
LW 10 Lukas Podolski   64'
CF 23 Mario Gómez   74'
Substitutions:
MF 9 André Schürrle   64'
FW 11 Miroslav Klose   74'
MF 18 Toni Kroos   84'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Lukas Podolski (Germany)[24]

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Mark Clattenburg (England)
Additional assistant referees:
David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)

ReferencesEdit

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