FT: Holland 1 Germany 2

Indeed if Holland had a little more luck towards the end they could have stung Germany with a late equaliser. Germany as you say were in top form for the majority of the match and I'm sure we are not the only country hoping we do not come across them in the latter stages of the tournament!

Brad in Hebden Bridge writes: "Hi olly, I thought the game should have been turned on it's head by a late Holland penalty shout, but anyway a great game to watch for a neutral! Germany bang in form, wouldn't mind Missing them out in the knockouts if we reach it!"

So, that result means Holland have it all to do in order to qualify for the quarter-finals, although it is technically possible. It is also possible that Germany could miss out, but given their current form that seems very unlikely. Feel free to send us your reaction to the game and how you think the 'group of death' will pan out in the final round of games to ollybell_2@msn.com

Stekelenburg urges his team mates forward as he takes a goal kick, but Holland are unable to find a final chance to equalise and Jonas Eriksson calls time on what has been a really good game to watch.

Bender tries to run down the clock by the right corner flag but Willem gets a foot in to help clear.

As we enter the second of three added minutes, Germany make their final change, with Bender coming on for Muller.

Yellow card for Willems as he fouls Muller.

Stekelenburg is far too casual recieving a backpass and almsot allows Klose to prod the ball into the net but distracts the striker enough to see it wide.

Germany try to keep the ball at Holland's end of the pitch but lose it when Muller concedes a foul.

Klose's pursuit of the ball forces Mathijson to concede a corner. Germany are happy to keep the ball from it and Muller wins another corner.

Boateng is booked for taking too long over a throw in. He will now miss Germany's final group game against Denmark.

Sneijder tries hard to keep Van der Vaart's pass inside the touchline but just fails.

Van der Vaart passes to Kuyt, and collects the ball back before attempting a long range effort. He hits it well but it travels wide.

Sneijder turns brillaintly to escape the challenge of Boateng.

Schweinsteiger rather overreacts to a touch on the back from Huntelaar. Meanwhile, Robben is replaced by Kuyt and has made is feelings about the decision clear by coming off at the far end of the field and removing his shirt.

Germany make a change, Ozil being replaced by Kroos.

Nigel de Jong gets a yellow card for a belated challenge on Lahm.

Willems hits a hopeful ball into the box from the right and Germany defence communicate well to let it run for a goal kick.

Holland look up for it now and have a penalty shout of their own dismissed with van Persie falling inside the box, but Hummels just about got the ball.

Germany claim for a penalty but the referee is right not to give it as Nigel de Jong makes an excellent challenge to stop Ozil finishing off a good run.

Just when you get the feeling that van Persie was going to have one of those disappointing tournaments and he scores a goal like that. Will it be too little too late though for the Dutch side who are on the brink of losing their first two group games?

Superb individual effort by van Persie as he turns in from the right and picks his moment to unleash a fierce right-footed strike into the bottom corner. All of a sudden, Holland are back in it.

GOAL - Van Persie scores!

Germany make a change, Klose replacing the brilliant Gomez.

Great move from Holland in particular Robben as he waltzes into the box and plays a great low pass across the box to Sneijder. Sneijder fires at goal but Boateng gets a super block in. Sneijder's corner is poor and Germany can clear.

At the other end, Gomez has a chance to net a hat-trick but he mishits his shot, not troubling Stekelenburg's goal.

Robben ghosts into the box to chest down Sneijder's cross and take a shot on the turn but it goes wide of the target.

Sneijder fouls Khedira to give Germany a free-kick in midfield.

Holland threaten on the edge of the German box before Sneijder spots Robben's run and tries to play him through on the left edge of the area. His pass just has a bit too much pace on it though and it runs away from Robben.

Holland get the corner cleared and look to counter.

Ozil creates an abundance of space with a super run in midfield before feeding Muller to his right. Willems gets a tackle in to concede a corner.

Sneijder goes for goal from distance and isn't far off, his effort shaving Neuer's left hand post.

Muller lofts the ball towards Khedira in the box but he is beaten to it by Stekelenburg.

Germany calm things down a bit and keep possession from a deep position.

A bit more intent from Holland in the last few minutes, and that shot looked more like the van Persie we know. Can he find a way to level the game for Holland.

van Persie shoots first time from Robben's clever low cross from the left wing, but Neuer is alert to make the save to his right corner post.

Mathijsen heads Sneijder's corner from the left over.

Robben only has eyes for goal as he collects the ball on the right edge of the box. Lahm deflects it over for a corner.

Holland may have made changes at half time but not much looks like changing, with Germany generally in control at the start of the second period.

Podolski searches out Lahm with a long ball to the right wing. The Germany captain controls and holds play up, waiting for support. No chance is created.

A marauding run from Hummels almost results in 3-0 but his first shot is saved by Stekelenburg and his rebound is parried wide by the Dutch goalkeeper.

Willem's cross from the left is easily dealt with by Hummels and Germany can advance now.

Podolski chases down the loose ball to provide Holland with a throw deep in their own half as opposed to a goal kick.

Van der Vaart plays a nice ball to Sneijder on the left wing. He crosses but Badstuber is able to clear.

Gomez goes down after being caught by Heitinga, but it looked accidental and the referee agrees.

Van der Vaart receives the ball from Willems and crosses from the right but Hummels heads clear with ease.

Schweinsteiger's delivery is deflected out for a corner and his subsequent cross is headed away by the Holland defence.

Germany have an early second half chance from a free-kick on the left wing, with van der Wiel fouling Podolski.

Germany get the second half underway. Holland have changed things, as was expected, and Van der Vaart and Huntelaar have come on for van Bommel and Afelley repectively.

Germany have understandably been cut to 1/12 to seal victory tonight, while Holland are a huge 25/1 to somehow win with the draw available at 8/1. Second half priceboosts include Germany to win 3-0 at 9/2 and Gomez to score next and the Germans to win 4-0 at 33/1. My tip would be to back Ozil to be the next goalscorer. He is looking good tonight and is an attractive 12/1. www.skybet.com is the place to go to make your in-game bets.

To be fair, Holland started brightly, but missed opportunities to score with van Persie again not looking his normal self. How will the Dutch respond after the break?

Germany have picked apart Holland in this first half, scoring two magnificently created goals. Pre-tournament favourite to be top goalscorer in the tournament, Gomez, has enhanced his already high reputation with two great finishes and Bert van Maarwijk has plenty to think about in the second half. I would expect Van der Vaart and Huntelaar to feature after the interval.

Schweinsteiger crosses again and it takes a deflection off Robben before almost creeping in to the top right corner, forcing Stekelenburg to make a vital save to tip over the bar. There is no time for Germany to take the corner though as Jonas Eriksson blows his half time whistle.

Schweinsteiger swings a cross in but it is headed away. Germany have another free-kick though, this time from the left, as van Bommel fouls Podolski.

Willems blatently fouls Ozil and Germany may have a chance to score a third from a free-kick on the right wing.

Germany are just passing the ball around with ease, and will be more than happy to go into the break two up without having to really break a sweat.

Ozil tries a through ball towards Gomez, who is looking so sharp tonight, but Mathijsen cuts it out.

Germany double their advantage but have a corner to deal with. Sneijder plays it low towards Robben on the edge of the box but it doesn't reach him and Germany counter. Boateng tries his luck from distance but doesn't trouble the target.

Another well worked goal by Germany. The chance is created on the right and it is Schweinsteiger again who plays the decisive pass to Gomez, who runs into the box and unleashes a brilliant strike across goal into the corner from the right.

GOAL - Gomez scores again!

Ozil delivers a great ball and a lack of Dutch defending allows Badstuber a header at goal from point-blank range, but he directs it straight at Stekelenburg. Anywhere else and that's in.

Willems is caught out of position and trips Muller as he runs past him. Good crossing opportunity for Germany.

Holland look eager to get an equaliser before half time, but a good passing move ends as van Bommel fails to control Sneijder's pass.

Germany look to break after van Bommel loses possession. Khedira lifts the ball forward towards Gomez but this time he is rightly called offside.

Willems is lost as Muller attacks on the right and squares the ball nicely but it is just out of Gomez's reach.

van Bommel ensures that Ozil doesn't get to the ball before it runs out for a goal kick.

Germany have a throw on the right flank inside Holland's half.

Gomez would have been in on goal for a second but he is wrongly called offside. Boateng played a nice ball there to set the move up.

Holland create an opening but Robben is called offside before receiving the ball on the right wing.

Robben cuts inside from the right wing and drills a shot at goal but Neuer saves.

Germany attack starts on the right wing before the ball is centred to Schweinsteiger. He plays a defence splitting through ball to Gomez who times his run perfectly, turns with the ball and slides it past Stekelenburg. Beautifully worked goal by the Germans, 1-0.

GOAL - Gomez scores!

Germany win a free-kick in the centre of the park following Heitinga's foul on Ozil.

van Persie holds the ball up in the German half, but he has no support and eventually loses the ball. Robben is back on the field now.

Robben has to be seen to for a cut on his head following a collision with Badstuber.

Sneijder's corner is good, but nobody is able to meet it and the threat ends.

Muller crosses from the right for Ozil, who plays a neat header for Gomez to finish but he is marked too tightly and Holland counter. At the other end, Afelley tries to square the ball for van Persie but it isn't the best of passes. Holland have a corner though.

Sneijder's cross from the corner is hit too deep and Germany have a goal kick.

van Persie cleverly beats the offside trap to control Heitinga's long ball and wins the corner from Boateng.

Holland controlling possession at the moment but are forced to play the ball back to defence.

Holland come forward and win a corner. Mathijsen meets Sneijder's delivery but can't direct it goalwards.

Germany attack and Ozil enters the box before looking for a penalty as he is blocked by Mathijsen but Jonas Eriksson is having none of it.

Lahm charges forward and looks for Khedira but the midfielder's touch lets him down and Germany lose possession.

Replays show Ozil's effort a few minutes ago actually hit the post before Stekelenburg held.

Podolski fails to return Lahm's pass and Holland break quickly, with Robben feeding van Persie for the shot, but the Arsenal striker fires wide.

Afelley attacks on the left flank for Holland but can't find an orange shirt in the middle. Germany looking surprisingly susceptible in the centre of defence so far tonight.

Stekelenburg makes a good save to his left post as Ozil's volley from outside the area threatened to creep in the goal.

Badstuber comes across to help Gomez and tackle Robben on the right wing.

van Persie has the game's first chance but his stretched volley is held by Neuer.

Ozil goes after Heitinga's challenge but the referee waves play on.

Free-kick for Germany as Nigel de Jong upends Muller.

Robben looks to run past Lahm but the Germany captain stands strong to dispossess the Bayern Munich winger.

Germany get some of the ball now and enter the Holland half but the ball runs out of play for Dutch throw.

Heitinga pumps a long ball forward which van Persie collects to start a Holland attack. The move ends with Sneijder slightly over-hitting his return pass to van Persie on the edge of the box.

Holland kick us off what should be a cracker.

Peter writes: "Hey Olly - Ex-pat Peter checking in again from still sunny Chicago. Going for Holland 3-2 to tie the group up totally 3pts, 3 for, 3 against for everyone."

Joel Etheridge writes: "Holland need to win but I think Germany are too strong. 3-1 with Gomez, Ozil, Podolski and Arjen Robben scoring for the Netherlands"

Just hearing the national anthems before we get underway in Kharkiv.

John Bagust writes: "Looking forward to the Dutch beating the Germans tonight....and set up a great final set of matches between the Group of Death! ....and because my wife is Dutch!!!!!"

Our referee tonight is Jonas Eriksson from Sweden.

'Lord" Heath writes: "If there's one thing we should have learned in sport by now and that is - NEVER BET AGAINST THE GERMANS!"

So, Bert van Maarwijk keeps faith with Van Persie, despite the striker's poor performance against the Danes. Huntelaar stays on the bench despite many calling for him to play alongside the Arsenal captain. Germany name an unchanged side to the one that efficiently beat Portugal.

Here are the confirmed teams...

Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, Nigel De Jong, Van Bommel, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Vlaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul.

Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez. Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schurrle, Klose, Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Reus, Zieler.

Timal writes: "Portugal win make this game more interesting. In that game I told 2-0 Portugal, Ronaldo & Nani or Ronaldo brace. This time I think Dutch will work hard & win this some how. Means make this group more interesting. Hope 1-0 or 2-1 to Dutch."

With the Netherlands (19/10) needing to win to keep their tournament hopes alive punters are siding with Germany (7/5) ahead of this crucial Group B clash. There has been some support for the Dutch with the scorecast of Robben and 2-1 cut from 75/1 to 60/1. Gomez to repeat the 1-0 result in win over Portugal is 30/1. With the Netherlands and Robin van Persie massively popular before the start of the tournament in the outright and top goal scorer markets we'll be cheering on a German win tonight. Go to www.skybet.com to see all the available markets and place your bets on tonight's game.

Portugal have just edged out Denmark 3-2 in an enthralling encounter to really spice up the group, meaning if Holland win tonight, all the teams would have 3 points going into the final round of group stage matches. Germany will be favourites however, having beaten Portugal last Saturday with the Dutch side losing to Denmark on the same night.

Good evening and welcome to Kharkiv for the Euro 2012 Group B clash between Holland and Germany. Team news coming right up, but in the meantime send us your thoughts and predictions on the upcoming match to ollybell_2@msn.com

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