Euro 2012 Day 2: 5 Takeaways from Group B Round 1

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Euro 2012 Day 2: 5 Takeaways from Group B Round 1
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After the action and controversy of Opening Day, Day Two of Euro 2012 provided fewer goals, but perhaps more intrigue.

A pair of 1-0 results marked the unveiling of the Group of Death, with Germany and Denmark placing themselves at the head of the Group B pack (for now). 

In Saturday’s opening fixture, the Danes upended the Netherlands with a win that will go down technically as an upset, but was in actuality anything but. Morten Olsen’s men earned all three points with a mixture of opportunistic attacking and timely defending, benefiting mightily from Dutch impotency in front of goal.

In Lviv, Germany eked out a victory over pacey Portugal in a game that could have gone either way. The Germans were stalwart in defense, allowing Mario Gomez’s headed effort to remain the game’s deciding goal. 

With no clear favorite, and the possibility of all four teams entering the final round with three points apiece, football's Grim Reaper must wait before claiming his two lives.

At the end of Round One, Group B stands as follows:

Teams W D L GF GA GD Pts
Denmark 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Germany 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Netherlands 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Portugal 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

 

Here are five takeaways from Day Two of Euro 2012.

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