Netherlands v Germany, 13 June 2012

Score2-1 to Germany
RefereeJonas Eriksson
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueMetalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance37,750
Kick-off: 9.45pm local Assistant referees: Stefan Wittberg (Sweden) Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) Fourth official: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway) Additional assistant referees: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden) Stefan Johannesson (Sweden) Man of the Match: Mario Gómez (Germany) Robin van Persie's second-half strike made Germany sweat in sweltering conditions, but Mario Gomez's two stylish first-half goals were eventually enough for Joachim Löw's side to move to the brink of the last eight and leave the Netherlands staring down the barrel. The Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv was the venue, but this was a victory made in Munich. Those who doubted Germany's FC Bayern München players' powers of recovery after last month's UEFA Champions League final defeat were silenced in emphatic fashion. Bastian Schweinsteiger supplied two fine assists and club colleague Gomez a pair of exquisite finishes. Van Persie halved the Oranje's arrears but it was not enough and the Dutch stay bottom of Group B without a point. They could yet become the first team ever to qualify from a EURO section with three points, but the odds look to be stacked against them. For Germany, the quarter-finals are in sight thanks to their 13th successive competitive triumph. Germany had beaten the Dutch 3-0 in a Hamburg friendly last year; this was the real thing and they inflicted further punishment once some early scares were behind them. Van Persie twice might have put the Dutch ahead inside 11 minutes but he could only stab a long pass straight at Manuel Neuer before dragging wide having latched on to Arjen Robben's through ball. Germany are a team so well choreographed that there never looked to be too much doubt they would come good. Mesut Özil was the star of their first act, unleashing a fierce volley against a post, but there were two men waiting in the wings ready to orchestrate proceedings. Though Schweinsteiger was conductor and director rolled into one, there was no doubting the protagonist. There were 24 minutes on the clock when Bayern's No7 turned it on for the first time, threading the ball through the eye of a needle for Gomez, who made space with a balletic pirouette before finishing with a flourish; top marks all round. Holger Badstuber fluffed his lines when his point-blank header struck Maarten Stekelenberg, but only a minute later it was 2-0. The man they call 'Schweiny' caressed a delightful first-time pass down the inside-right channel and Gomez flashed a shot over Stekelenberg without breaking stride. Stekelenberg then kept the Netherlands in the game when he tipped over Özil's deflected free-kick, but Van Marwijk was in need of his supporting cast; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart were inevitable half-time changes. Though the unlikely figure of Mats Hummels nearly rendered those changes meaningless soon after the interval, Stekelenberg twice stayed big. The Dutch then came back, with Van Persie's snapshot kept out by Neuer's smart stop low to his right. That was merely the latest flash of frustration for the Dutch. Tense before the game, they were now positively tetchy – Robben rushed when free in the area and Sneijder shot straight at Jérôme Boateng, but Van Persie clearly had not read the script. In a flash, the Arsenal FC man duly reminded us why he scored 30 league goals this term, receiving the ball wide on the right with his back to goal before cutting inside and letting fly with a rasping drive from outside the penalty area.

1  Netherlands

Manager: Bert van Marwijk

2  Germany

Manager: Joachim Low

Goals:

Robin van Persie 73 G

Goals:

Mario Gómez 24 G
Mario Gómez 38 G

Starting lineup:

Defender Johnny Heitinga
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Defender Jetro Willems
Midfielder Ibrahim Afellay
Midfielder Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Mark van Bommel (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Defender Holger Badstuber
Defender Jérôme Boateng
Defender Mats Hummels
Defender Philipp Lahm (captain)
Midfielder Sami Khedira
Midfielder Mesut Özil
Midfielder/Forward Thomas Müller
Forward Mario Gómez
Forward Lukas Podolski

Substitutions:

Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Mark van Bommel 46
Rafael van der Vaart for Ibrahim Afellay 46
Dirk Kuyt for Arjen Robben 83

Substitutions:

Miroslav Klose for Mario Gómez 72
Toni Kroos for Mesut Özil 81
Lars Bender for Thomas Müller 90

Cards:

Nigel de Jong 80 Y
Jetro Willems 90 Y

Cards:

Jérôme Boateng 87 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Wilfred Bouma
Defender Ron Vlaar
Midfielder Stijn Schaars
Midfielder Kevin Strootman
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt
Midfielder/Forward Luciano Narsingh
Forward Luuk de Jong

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Wiese
Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler
Defender Marcel Schmelzer
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Lars Bender
Midfielder İlkay Gündogan
Midfielder Toni Kroos
Midfielder/Forward Mario Götze
Midfielder/Forward Marco Reus
Forward Miroslav Klose