Afellay in Holland's first match of the EURO / PHOTO: UEFA.COM

The Dutch national team, with Ibrahim Afellay featuring in the starting line-up against Germany, are in danger of crashing out of the Poland and Ukraine EURO. The finalist of the last World Cup seriously jeopardized their aspirations of a quarter-final berth as they fell to Germany by 1-2 in the second match of Group B this evening. In order to go through to the next phase of the competition, the Netherlands must win their final group game, against Portugal, by two or more goals and hope Germany beats Denmark.

Mario Gómez decides the match

The Bayern Munich striker, Mario Gómez, was the man of the match in the game against Holland. On 24 minutes the first German goal was netted when Gómez controlled a pass from Bastian Schweinsteiger beautifully and slotted his shot past an onrushing Maarten Stekelenburg. Gómez got his second goal of the game 12 minutes later when his far-post shot found the back of the net.

45 minutes for Afellay

The FC Barcelona player, Afellay, was named to the starting line-up once again for tonight’s match after featuring against Denmark last week. The player had a discreet first-half performance  and was replaced at halftime by Huntelaar. In the second half, Holland tried to mount a comeback but they fell a goal short after Van Persie’s goal on 72 minutes.

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