Euro 2012: The Netherlands vs Germany

It was another tough night for all those with an orange heart. The Dutch fans might be lively and crazy and often ridiculous, but they did not have much to cheer once the crucial game against Germany got underway. Sure, the first 20 minutes were okay, passing the ball around, a couple of good goal opportunities, but from then on it was all Germany. Cool, calm and collected they scored two very easy goals. The Dutch coach finally changed his team with two substitutions for the second half, but it didn’t change much in the game play. Robin van Persie gave the Dutch some hope with a fine goal, but it was too little too late. The Dutch now have to hope Germany beat Denmark and they themselves beat Portugal with two clear goals, otherwise it’s Auf Wiedersehen for them and their fans. [43 photos total]

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Netherlands' and Germany's players listen to their national anthems before the start of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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The Netherlands team pose before their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Podolski and Lahm attack Netherlands' van Persie during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira looks at the ball during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Klose waits to put his soccer boots on before Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands' at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Neuer makes a save from Netherlands' van Persie during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Robben is challenged by Germany's Lahm during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez and Podolski are challenged by Netherlands' Mathijsen and de Jong during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez scores a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez scores against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match in Kharkiv (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez celebrates after scoring against Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Mueller celebrates a goal of Gomez against Netherlands during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Mueller celebrates a goal of Gomez against Netherlands during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez celebrates with team mates after scoring against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Willems reacts during Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's players celebrate their goal against Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Podolski fights for the ball with Netherlands' van Bommel during Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm controls the ball during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Robben receives medical treatment after suffering an injury during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg saves a shot by Germany's Badstuber during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez scores a second goal past Netherlands' Willems during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Gomez scores a second goal past Netherlands' Willems during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Stekelenburg reacts after Germany's Gomez scored a second goal during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Oezil is challenged by Netherlands' van Bommel during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg looks at the ball in front of Germany's Hummels during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Neuer controls the ball during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match against Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Oezil lies injured during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match against the Netherlands at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Huntelaar challenges Germany's Oezil during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Mathijsen and van der Vaart react during Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Hummels tries to score as Netherlands' Heitinga blocks during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg makes a save during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Germany coach Loew reacts during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands in Kharkiv (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira is tackled by Netherlands' Sneijder during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' van Persie celebrates after scoring a goal during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Van Persie celebrates with team mate De Jong after scoring against Germany during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match in Kharkiv (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' van Persie throws a bottle of water during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg looks at the ball next to Germany's Klose during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' coach van Marwijk gestures during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Sneijder jumps next to his coach van Marwijk during their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Stekelenburg reacts during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Schweinsteiger celebrates at the end of their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Netherlands in Kharkiv (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Huntelaar reacts after their Euro 2012 Group B soccer match against Germany at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #

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