Euro 2012: Portugal vs The Netherlands

This was another do or die game in Group B. It depended on the result in the game between Denmark and Germany whether Portugal were allowed to win,draw or lose and still go through. The Netherlands HAD to win by two clear goals to have any chance of progressing and even then they’d be dependent on Germany beating Denmark.
After some heavy critism of the Dutch performances in previous games some players lost their place in the team and the new set up was geared towards attack. The Dutch started well enough with a beautiful goal by Van Der Vaart in only the 11th minute. The Comeback Of Kharkiv was on. Or so the fans thought. The Dutch performace started waning and the Portuguese were simply biding their time. Through some brilliant counter attacking and some horrible Dutch defending star man Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of Euro 2012. In the second half the Dutch were nowhere and Ronaldo was able to add a second goal. Portugal through to the quarters and the Dutch home to Holland, with the worst result for them (zero points) ever. [40 photos total]

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A Portugal's fan cheers before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands soccer fans cheer and sing as they march to Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portuguese supporters with their faces painted with the colours of Portugal's flag smile before the Group B Euro 2012 soccer match between the Netherlands and Portugal at a public screening in Lisbon (HUGO CORREIA/REUTERS) #
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A Netherlands fans waits for the begin of the Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's fans cheer before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands fans pose before the Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Portugal and Netherlands teams listen national anthems before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's players pose for a team photo before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' players pose for a team photo before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Nani is challenged by Netherlands' Jetro Willems during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' de Jong and Portugal's Nani fight for the ball during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo challenges Netherlands' van der Wiel during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart shoots to score their first goal against Portugal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio fails to save goal from Netherlands' van der Vaart during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart and van Persie celebrate a goal against Portugal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo reacts during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands' at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Postiga fights for the ball with Netherlands' Mathijsen during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' players jump for the ball during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots to score against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Ron Vlaar and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg react after Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's players celebrate a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' van der Wiel jumps for a header with Portugal's Ronaldo during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Sneijder controls the ball during his Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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The Netherlands' Robin van Persie receives a yellow card during his Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg reacts during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Robben and Portugal's Coentrao fight for the ball during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Moutinho falls over Netherlands' Willems during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal past Netherlands' goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo scores past Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Netherlands' Gregory van der Wiel react as Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' players look dejected after Portugal scored their second goal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's players celebrate a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder reacts after defeat against Portugal their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Willems and Huntelaar leave the pitch after defeat against Portugal at their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's players celebrate their team's victory at the end of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands fans react after Netherlands lost their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #

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