Portugal vs. Netherlands: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Group B Final Match

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Portugal vs. Netherlands: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Group B Final Match
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The highly rated Dutch suffered the ignominy of leaving a major tournament without securing a single point.

Despite losing their first two matches to Denmark and Germany, the Dutch still had the chance to progress to the quarterfinals of the Euros provided they could beat Portugal by a margin of two goals and provided the Germans would beat the Danes.

The Germans beat the Danes. The Dutch couldn't even draw with Portugal. As a matter of fact, Portugal outplayed them and beat them 2-1, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace.

The changes Dutch fans have clamored for—the benching of Mark van Bommel and the inclusion of Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar—were rung, and although the Dutch scored an early goal through Van der Vaart, it seemed as though this was the signal for them to fall apart.

Fall apart they did, proceeding to play second fiddle to Portugal throughout. The following are six things we learned from the match.

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