Euro 2012: 10 Things We Learned from Netherlands vs. Germany

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Euro 2012: 10 Things We Learned from Netherlands vs. Germany
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Germany ran out 2-1 winners over neighbours and historic rivals Netherlands in what was marked out by many as the blue riband fixture of the Euro 2012 group stage in Kharkiv.

Mario Gomez’s two first–half goals had the Germans cruising for most of the Group B clash. Robin van Persie’s strike with 17 minutes remaining was not enough to stop the Oranje being on the brink of a shock early exit.

The Dutch now have to beat Portugal by two clear goals and hope Germany beat Denmark on the final matchday in the group in order to progress on goal difference. Germany only need a point against the Danes on Sunday to be absolutely sure of making it into the quarterfinals.

Here are 10 things we learned from the match that pitted Fussball against Voetbal.

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