FT: Portugal 2 Holland 1

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That's it! It ends Portugal 2 Holland 1 thanks to Ronaldo's brace and the Dutch are dumped out of Euro 2012.

Van Persie tries a late assault, skipping towards goal, but Patricio stoops to snatch it to safety.

Snejider's free-kick is headed away by Pepe.

A crude challenge from Pereira on Robben earns the Portugal man a yellow.

Afellay spins a ball off the head of Veloso into the waiting gloves of Patricio as the minutes trickle down.

Four extra minutes are added. Pereira nods the ball back towards Patricio to diffuse a Holland threat in the box.

We're into the final minute of regular time and it looks all over for the Dutch. Ronaldo is close to a hat-trick as he pings a ball off the post.

A late chance for Holland as Sneijder slips through to Van Persie in the box, but he can't apply the finish.

Nani makes way for Rolando in the final minutes, with Bento taking no chances.

Huntelaar strikes on the volley but drags it wide. Portugal prepare to make another change.

Nani tries to find Ronaldo in the box with a cross from the right but his final ball is a weak one. Seconds later he attempts a shot but skies it.

Van Persie finds a cross, trying to pick out Huntelaar, but some good defending from Pepe keeps him out.

Chance for Van der Vaart as he goes for goal again in a similar style to his opener but clips it off the inside of the far post.

Germany have retaken the lead against Denmark - looks like it's them and Portugal going through, with the Danes and Dutch missing out.

The youngster gets forward again, flicking a header towards goal, but he can't get enough power on it and Stekelenburg collects.

Oliveira has a go with a tame shot from distance, when he probably should have passed to Ronaldo and it goes wide.

Van der Wiel takes a tumble in the box trying to keep out Pereira. Stekelenburg manages to snatch it to safety.

Portugal take a quick free-kick in midfield. Moutinho can't quite get a long pass under control on the edge of the box.

Sneijder tries a shot from distance but Patricio drops to his knees to collect.

It looks all over for the Dutch at this stage.They've thrown everything forward making it too easy for Portugal to break on the counter.

Terrific move on the counter from Portugal. A great little ball from Moutinho tees up Nani, who rolls it to Ronaldo in the box. The skipper strokes home a brilliant finish for his second of the night.


Great save by Stekelenburg. Ronaldo breaks off a Moutinho ball and makes a fabulous run, rolling a great ball towards Nani in the box, but he's denied.

Meireles goes off for Braga's defensive midfielder Custodio.

Just under 20 minutes to go then, and Holland's hopes are fading fast. Van der Wiel nods the ball back to Stekelenburg, managing to deal with the pressure from Ronaldo.

There's boos from the Dutch fans after that card, which did seem harsh. De Jong hoofs a ball upfield, looking for Huntelaar, but overshoots his man.

Van Persie is penalised for colliding with Pepe, earning a booking, and the Dutch bench are furious.

Afellay drives a cross in from the right but there's no-one there to meet it. Holland are throwing everything forward now.

Moutinho lifts in a corner and it's Van Persie that gets his head to it to clear. Afellay and Sneijder team up on the edge of the box.

Holland make a change, with youngster Willems coming off for Afellay, bolstering their attack.

Stekelenburg makes a good save to deny Moutinho. At the other end, Meireles is still on the ground after that De Jong challenge.

Willems tries a break into the box but loses the ball behind him, gifting it back to Portugal. De Jong charges into Meireles but nothing is given.

Patricio hoofs the ball upfield, looking for Ronaldo, but De Jong claims it with a header. Van Persie tries a shot but it slams into Alves.

The first change of the night is Portugal's as Postiga makes way for 20-year-old Nelson Oliveira.

Pereira is tracked by Sneijder down the right and the Dutchman manages to close him down, but the Portuguese keep the ball.

Sneijder tries to plant a cross in the box but Meireles is there to head it clear, diffusing the threat.

Holland are struggling to find any forward momentum in this half, with Portugal looking the stronger side again. Van Persie is clipped by Moutinho as the Dutch win the ball in their own half.

Looked like a goal for Postiga but it's offside and the Oranje heave a relieved sigh. Holland are back on the ball inside their own end.

Portugal win a corner thanks to Coentrao, which Meireles steps up to take but Huntelaar heads it away.

Ronaldo, on the edge of the box, lifts the ball towards the far post, looking for Nani or Postiga, but Stekelenburg snatches it to safety.

Sneijder's delivery is terrific but it's Coentrao that rises to meet it, nodding it behind. Looks like it should be a corner but a goal-kick is given.

The Dutch win a free-kick from outside the box on the left after Pereira fouls Sneijder. The Dutchman then pushes him out of the way, keen to get on with it.

An ambitious effort from Moutinho, who slices a shot towards goal but sends it wide, not really worrying Stekelenburg.

The flag goes up on Postiga and Holland have the ball. A free-kick goes against Robben after a tussle with Pereira.

Corner for Holland after Peireira puts it behind to subdue Sneijder. The Dutchman lifts in a tidy delivery and Vlaar gets his shoulder to it, but nudges it over.

The first booking of the game goes to Willems, who slides in on Moutinho. Dangerous from the youngster.

Robben, moved to the left in this half, makes a terrific run but Pepe is a bit too strong for him in the end. Dutch corner.

Moutinho lifts the kick in from distance but it's headed clear. Moutinho catches it in the aftermath but scuffs it wide.

Robben loops a high ball onto the head of Huntelaar but Coentrao is there to intervene. Vlaar catches Ronaldo for a Portugal free-kick.

Alves fires a powerful ball in for Ronaldo but the Dutch defence manage to close the attack down.

The action resumes in Kharkiv and it's Holland that get things started this half. Just a reminder - the Dutch need to win by two goals and Germany have to beat the Danes if the Oranje are going to go through.

We're about to get underway again and it's crunch time now. Enjoy!

An enjoyable first half in Kharkiv, with Holland making the better start but Portugal taking the driving seat towards the end of the 45 minutes. I'm interested to hear your thoughts? Get in touch @SkySportsRachG on Twitter or email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

It's 1-1 all-round at half-time, meaning as it stands, Germany and Portugal are going through - but it could all change in the second half.

No stoppage time this half as the whistle goes for half-time. It's all square in Ukraine after Ronaldo cancelled out Van der Vaart's opener.

Coentrao gives away a free-kick in midfield but Portugal win it straight back. Alves sloppily gives away a throw on the opposite flank.

Van Persie makes a good run but can't catch up with a long ball upfield, under pressure from Pepe, who wins the throw.

Nani fires a decent ball in, aiming for Ronaldo's head, but his cross has a bit too much behind it.

Willems wins a free-kick for the Dutch inside their own half after battling with Veloso. Stekelenburg lofts it up towards Huntelaar but a handball is given against him.

Van der Vaart lifts his long effort in towards Huntelaar but Patricia is there to claim it with ease. At the other end, Ronaldo gets a great first touch but can't get a decent shot away.

Holland win a free-kick from far out on the right after a foul on Van der Vaart. The Spurs man steps up to take it...

Van der Wiel earns a throw for the Dutch down the right. Moutinho tracks the youngster and wins the ball just outside the Portugal box.

Veloso takes the kick and loops it over Stekelenburg's crossbar as a chance goes begging for the Portuguese.

Nani, holding his face, goes down on the edge of the box. It doesn't look like much contact from Van der Vaart but he wins the free-kick.

Portugal win a softish free-kick just inside the Dutch half after Ronaldo goes down. Alves lofts it in, finding Pereira.

Moutinho floats in a corner from the right and Ronaldo is there again with a driving header. He comes close but can't keep it on target.

Panicky defending from Holland at the minute, who are looking more and more flustered at the back, losing their shape. They seem to be missing the presence of Van Bommel in midfield when they're under attack.

Ronaldo is definitely looking more in the mood, unleashing a stinging long-range shot towards Stekelenburg, who manages to keep it out.

Moutinho picks out Postiga with a short ball into the box but there's no-one there to meet his cross. Van der Wiel takes a quick throw for Holland.

It's Nani's turn to try a shot but he scuffs his effort wide of the post. After Holland came out brighter Portugal look to be finding their feet now.

Only 30 minutes gone and there's already been plenty of twists and turns to the evening. This game has been thoroughly entertaining so far, plenty of attack.

After squandering so many chances, the captain finally equalises. Willems gives the ball away cheaply to start things off, and Ronaldo makes a darting, perfectly-timed run to meet a wonderful through-ball from Pereira.


Van der Vaart pinches the ball from Ronaldo as Holland go on the hunt again. Sneijder tries a long shot, going for the element of surprise. It's a venemous hit but Patricio stoops to save.

Moutinho catches Van der Vaart, who goes down fairly easily and wins a free-kick in the middle of the park.

News coming through that Denmark have scored - which is not good for Holland. On the attack again, Van Persie just fails to find Robben out on the right.

Another chance for Portugal as Ronaldo latches onto a Nani ball, driving a powerful header towards Stekelenburg. Good save from the keeper.

Van der Vaart drifts the corner in and De Jong, lurking at the far post, gets his head to it, but can't get his shot on target.

Pereira fouls Willems to hand Holland a free-kick from far out on the left, which Sneijder lifts in. Moutinho fails to properly clear it to put Portugal in danger, but it's put out for a corner.

Just to keep you updated, Germany have taken the lead against Denmark, with Lukas Podolski finding the net. As things stand, Germany and Portugal are going through.

Robben picks out Van Persie just outside the area but the Gunners man fires his shot straight into Veloso.

Robben attempts a shot from the edge of the box but it deflects off Van Persie and goes behind and straight back to Patricio.

Meireles tries a shot for Portugal but it's an awkward angle and he smashes it into the side-netting.

Van der Wiel is very lucky after giving the ball away to Postiga in the Dutch end, but the Portugal man fluffs his lines. Big sigh of relief for the Oranje.

There's a chance for Portugal as Ronaldo breaks down the left before stepping inside Vlaar and firing a shot towards goal, but it clips the outside of the post.

Holland are on the ball again in the middle of the park, with Van Persie trading passes with Willems.

A positive start from Holland, and this rejigged formation, has paid off for them so far. Van der Vaart, who made his annoyance clear at not being started for the other group games, has not taken long to justify Van Marwijk picking him.

It's a sublime goal from the Spurs man as he curls a wonderful ball over the Portugal defence into the far corner from the edge of the box.


Robben tries another charge towards the box but is caught up by Coentrao.

The Dutch get forward again as Van der Vaart tries to pick out Sneijder with a long pass into the box but he can't quite tame it.

Van Persie, playing very deep tonight, feeds Sneijder out on the left before accelerating into the box, but is closed down.

A bit nervy for Holland there as they scrabble to try and bundle home Moutinho's corner. Alves eventually gets something on it and nearly embarasses Stekelenburg, who manages to punch it clear.

Ronaldo's free-kick from far out is clipped off the wall and goes behind for a Portugal corner.

Moutinho makes a break and goes on a searing run, but is held up by Van Persie. Free-kick to Portugal.

Holland have come out the brighter side in this half. On the attack again in midfield, Sneijder tries to find a way through.

The Oranje, playing in black tonight, have seen most of the ball in these early minutes. Robben robs Coentro of the ball on the edge of the Portugal box, lifting a cross in towards Van der Wiel, but just overshooting his team-mate. The ball falls to Sneijder, who can't get his shot on target.

Patient play from Holland so far as they gradually build an attack, with Willems and Sneijder getting forward.

Van der Vaart catches Meireles in the middle of the park and Portugal win an early free-kick. Ronaldo wins a throw off Van der Wiel.

We're underway in Kharkiv and it's Portugal that get things started. The Dutch win an early throw.

The teams are out at the Metalist Stadium and the anthems are underway. Enjoy the first half guys, keep your feedback coming at half-time.

Jamie Jeeves wrote in to say - "Holland will win tonight but don't think it will be enough cause I'm going for denmark to get a point against Germany would love Germany to go out but don't see it happening...we can all pray."

A quick stat for you - Netherlands have only won one of their previous 10 internationals against Portugal; 1-0 in Rotterdam in a Euro 1992 qualification game.

Do you agree or are Holland on their way out? Get in touch - @SkySportsRachG on Twitter or email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

Steve King is also backing the Dutch to pull it out of the bag - "I honestly think that Holland will be performing tonight, they have been a massive disappointment so far but tonight will be different, I do think Portugal will score but it won't be enough. My prediction is 3-1 to the Dutch and I think Holland and Germany will qualify!"

@Hookway09 tweeted - "I have feeling that Holland will be able to produce tonight with van persie and cause a shock in group B tonight."

Big night tonight, let's see what you've had to say...

Here's a quick update from our friends at SkyBet - Netherlands are the well-backed 6/4 favourites against Portugal, who are 17/10 to win with a draw 5/2. With their prospects looking bleak, the Dutch are 11/2 to qualify and 7/2 to win by two goals while Robin van Persie is attracting plenty of money in the first scorer market at 6/1.

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has rung the changes in his starting XI after back-to-back defeats. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart and Ron Vlaar step in for Ibrahim Afellay, Mark van Bommel and John Heitinga.

Holland are hanging on by a thread but can still progress to the knockout stage tonight if they win by a two-goal margin and Denmark lose to Germany in this evening's other game.

On refereeing duty this evening it's Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).

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

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto.

With further ado then, here are the teams...

We'll be bringing you the teams very shortly but first why not get in touch to have your say before things kick off at 7.45pm. You can tweet me @SkySportsRachG or email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

Good evening all and welcome to our live coverage of Portugal v Holland! The outcome of Euro 2012 Group B - aka the 'Group of Death' - will be decided tonight and we'll keep you updated on the action as it unfolds.


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