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Euro Cup 2012: Germany and Portugal Advance to the Quarterfinals

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In the final matches of Group B on Sunday, Portugal defeated the Netherlands while in another exciting match Germany won over Denmark. With this win both the teams managed to secure a place in the Quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

Germany won over Denmark by 2-1. This was the 3 out of 3 win for the Germans in their group stage matches. Lukas Podolski, who was playing his 100th international match, scored the first goal in the 19th minute of the match. But the lead didn’t continue for long as five minutes later Michael Krohn-Dehli scored in 24th minute and leveled the score to 1-1, and then, with only 10 minutes remaining, Lars Bender finally broke the silence by scoring the winning in 80th minute of the match. The goal also ended Denmark’s hope of reaching the Quarterfinals.

Another match of the night witnessed Captain Christiano Ronaldo return to form by scoring a double in the match against the Dutch. The Dutch led 1-0 with Van der Vaart scoring in the 11th minute. The goal awakened a slight hope of Quarterfinal among Dutch fans until Captain Ronaldo came to rescue his team and scored in 28th and 74th minute of the match.

World Cup 2010 Runner ups Netherlands, who were projected as one of the favorites to win the Euro-2012, were unable to put a single point on the table with losing all of their group stage matches.

In next stage of the tournament Portugal will face Czech Republic in the first Quarterfinal match at Warsaw on 21st June, while Germany will face Greece in second quarterfinal at Gdansk on 22nd June.

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