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Saturday saw the unfancied Danes do a 1992 and beat the Netherlands, thanks in no small part to the inspired leadership of Niklas Bendtner, the uncrowned king of Denmark. The Portuguese didn’t fare so well, dominating for spells against Germany before going down to a scrappy Mario Gomez goal (is there any other kind of Mario Gomez goal?) This hotly anticipated duel with bring together two of European football’s most hypnotic hairstyles – Fabio Coentrao and Nikla Bendtner.

Denmark: Mercyful Fate – ‘Come to the Sabbath’

God bless King Diamond – wonderful falsetto, not so great on spelling. ‘Come to the Sabbath’ is taken from the band’s 1984 classic Don’t Break the Oath, and is a beautiful and evocative account of Tony Iommi’s ultimately successful attempts to woo Ronnie James Dio away from Rainbow.

Portugal: Moonspell – ‘Scorpion Flower’

Moonspell are arguably Portugal’s most successful heavy metal export, having played virtually every style on the metal spectrum since forming in the mid-nineties. ‘Scorpion Flower’ is one of their gothier productions, from 2008’s Night Eternal.





MalleusMaleficarum
06.13.12
DANES DANES DANES DANES DANES DANES

Recspecs
06.13.12
The Danes have some pretty sexy fans.

Recspecs
06.13.12
In other news, ESPN's commentators are awful.

insomniac15
06.13.12
The Danes have some pretty sexy fans. [2]

Shuyin
06.13.12
GO PORTUGAL! o/

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Needs more Danish brobaryanism.

Adabelle
06.13.12
Bendtner!

Recspecs
06.13.12
Portugal is playing pretty well, should be an excellent second half.

ReturnToRock
06.13.12
The only game in this group we'll manage to win. Enjoy while it lasts.

Shuyin
06.13.12
yea, they still made a childish mistake when Den scored.

anyway, great game so far.

ReturnToRock
06.13.12
LOL @ hairstyle comment in the article.

Shuyin
06.13.12
'The only game in this group we'll manage to win. Enjoy while it lasts.'

lol no way, Holland is doomed.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Idk, Holland is a region in the Netherlands.

henryChinaski
06.13.12
Go Danes!

AngelofDeath
06.13.12
Not a very good strike from Ronaldo, there.

Jamper
06.13.12
Ronaldo, come on... -.-

Jamper
06.13.12
Nani is being the best today imo

Recspecs
06.13.12
Not sure if Ronaldo is trying to win the match or if he is trying to look for Kim Kardashian in the stands.

Nagrarok
06.13.12
'Idk, Holland is a region in the Netherlands.'

I'm Dutch and when we refer to the Netherlands as 'Holland' we do mean the whole country. Although yes, technically it would be a region.

As much as I was dissapointed by our loss against the Danes, hell yes for Mercyful Fate. The pressure's on for the game against Germany later this evening. Oh I hope they can pull a surprising win. Otherwise we are doomed.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
He does kind of make a face like a horse like.. most of the times.

Jamper
06.13.12
Pepe and Nani. The rest is being shit...
and i'm portuguese

Recspecs
06.13.12
Yeah man I'm gonna blow a load all over my TV if Netherlands loses I'm going to be pissed as fuck.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Saying 'Holland' in Germany for 'the Netherlands' unless you're older than 30 is a no-go. If you'd say that in any geography course you'd get bludgeoned with an atlas.

phishing
06.13.12
The Danes are looking good value for an equaliser here. Portugal aren't playing very well.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Danes still seem to fuck it up, though.

Recspecs
06.13.12
LOOK AT THE PASSION OF THOSE DANISH FANS

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
By 'passion' do you mean 'hot Scandinavian chicks' ?

AngelofDeath
06.13.12
Portugal's offense doesn't look great. But their defense is busting their ass off. Lots of hustle to swallow up the majority of the Danish attacking opportunities.

Nagrarok
06.13.12
'Saying 'Holland' in Germany for 'the Netherlands' unless you're older than 30 is a no-go. If you'd say that in any geography course you'd get bludgeoned with an atlas.'

I meant 'Holland' as an English translation for 'Nederland', next to 'the Netherlands'.

AngelofDeath
06.13.12
Haha, Ronaldo fucks up yet another gifted goal.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Ronaldo dun fucked up good.

Jamper
06.13.12
ronaldo -.-

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Okay, THAT goal was ironic.

AngelofDeath
06.13.12
Now that's how you score a goal. Awesome fucking play.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.13.12
Oh Ronaldo, what a miss.

And to add insult to injury, Bendter just scored. I think it's about time for that Balon D'or.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.13.12
Bendtner* sorry

insomniac15
06.13.12
Like I said a few days ago, Ronaldo is useless.

MalleusMaleficarum
06.13.12
poor Denmark.

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Heh, kinda saw that coming.

Shuyin
06.13.12
'Saying 'Holland' in Germany for 'the Netherlands' unless you're older than 30 is a no-go. If you'd say that in any geography course you'd get bludgeoned with an atlas.'

we always say 'Holanda' (Holland) here in Portugal so :P

anyway, Ronaldo wasted 2 awsome chances. the guy is supposed to be one of the best players in the world, yet hes useless in our national team. Pepe was boss, best player in the game, imo.

Jamper
06.13.12
Really happy for Varela. He screwed up against Germany but now had his redemption.

fish.
06.13.12
Greaat, first game I miss turns out to be one of the best. Goddamnit Portugal, why couldn't you just accept a draw. Fucking Portugal..
but lol Ronaldo

Hope tonight is a goal frenzy. I have two midfielders and two attackers playing in it. Should be a good match considering the rivalry and the Dutch's need to win.

fish.
06.13.12
That's with the expectation that Huntelaar plays. Which I think he will after RVP flopped last week

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
If the Netherlands win I know quite some people who're gonna be pretty pissed tomorrow.

Dreamflight
06.13.12
Postiga scored....it's the end of the world as we know it, lol


"anyway, Ronaldo wasted 2 awsome chances. the guy is supposed to be one of the best players in the world, yet hes useless in our national team. "

geez. calm down, dude is like our 3rd best scorer ever,


Wolfhorde
06.13.12
So saying someone fucked up is being agitated? Okaaaaay...

Dreamflight
06.13.12
Did I say that? Just mentioned the useless part, still not his best game ofc.

Nagrarok
06.13.12
'That's with the expectation that Huntelaar plays. Which I think he will after RVP flopped last week'

Huntelaar is starting out on the bench today.

Shuyin
06.13.12
'So saying someone fucked up is being agitated?'

lol but i am extremely agitated, football and my meds in action rawwwwr

Recspecs
06.13.12
RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP RVP

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
"Did I say that?"
"geez. calm down,"
Saying to someone he's supposed to calm down kind of implies that, yes.

"lol but i am extremely agitated,"
You should listen to less Cannibal Corpse.

fish.
06.13.12
"Huntelaar is starting out on the bench today."
Just read. Fucking pissed.
Don't get why he doesn't just go for the plainly better choice.

Also don't get why everyone picks RVP over Huntelaar in the dream team anyway. Kinda pisses me off that they get rewarded for just going with the more obvious choice.

Dreamflight
06.13.12
wtf dude Wolfhorde, I'm well aware Shuyin wasn't agitated, and neither was I, damn is not that I'm trying to create a conflict over Ronaldo on a day that our country won.

Maybe "calm down" wasn't the best chocie of words.


Recspecs
06.13.12
Maybe you should fuck off and watch your country crumble into oblivion.

fish.
06.13.12
Huntelaar better get some playtime or I am gonna flip it when a shitload of people post on facebook about how happy they are that RVP scored, like when Jelavic did.
ughhhh why did my tactics always backfire

Germany to win 4-1 I think

Dreamflight
06.13.12
"Maybe you should fuck off and watch your country crumble into oblivion"

yea we'll see about that biatch.

Shuyin
06.13.12
yea, prepare your anus! Portugal's going to destroy Holland in the next game.

TheNotrap
06.13.12
Nice game. Portugal deserved to win.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.13.12
Well since there's no Germany v Netherlands blog:

If Schweinsteiger and Gomez keep going like this for the rest of the tournament, this is going to be Germany's trophy.

thumbcrusher
06.13.12
yeah holland are out

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
Did not expect 2 goals within half an hour by Gomez, way better than I expected.

fish.
06.13.12
Almost picked Gomez for my team, changed it at the last minute.
I have Ozil as my captain and he's had several chances for goals/assists

Dutch being completely outplayed though

phishing
06.13.12
It looks like they're bringing on Van der Vaart and Huntelaar. Can't see Germany conceding three goals though, seeing as the Dutch really need to win this game. Gomez, Ozil and Schweinsteiger have been immense; that young left-back for Holland has been bloody awful.

henryChinaski
06.13.12
Did not expect this, but the goals were both great.

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
i worked very late today, but got back home just as gomez scored the first goal. so the game was good so far (at least the way the germans played from what i saw). boateng could have made another goal but sadly he always shoots as bad as my little brother. boateng is a passable defensive player he couldn't score a goal if it was 1 meter in front of him (which acutally happend last year xD).

anyway i hope holland will tune there game up and make this a more even and interesting match. (i had hoped for a 5-2 match, could still happen)

Fortheloveofmusic
06.13.12
The Holland defense in general has been awful. Willems has just been slightly more awful than the rest.

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
and yeah the 18 year old left back from holland isn't really very good. and robben is boring and bad as always...

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
hummels, my fav defensive player, my fav dortmund player. hummels is becoming the way lahm was years ago, steady in the defense and a good sense on how to switch to offense.

ReturnToRock
06.13.12
Whoever said Ronaldo is useless - he is. And he probably WAS looking for Kiom Kardashian. I remember when the guy really WAS good, when he was 17. I even got the national team shirt with his name on it after Euro 2004 - SHAME ON ME!! Messi or GTFO.

ReturnToRock
06.13.12
*KIM

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
boateng saves, GREAT, klose back, good, holland scores bad :(

fish.
06.13.12
WHY CAN'T MY PLAYERS JUST DO SOMETHING. Ozil's actually been playing really well, just little has come of it

Great goal by RVP though

Fortheloveofmusic
06.13.12
Great goal by Van Persie, and with his right foot.

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
toni kroos looks like Karl Urban (e.g.: Bones in Star Trek 09)

Wolfhorde
06.13.12
"Ozil's actually been playing really well,"
Surprisingly well, one of the German commentators was pretty accurate when he said he has gotten better physically.

Dreamflight
06.13.12
lol Stekelenburg

Oblivioncry
06.13.12
even if i am for germany, play for time is just douchy.

defjaw83
06.13.12
a scrappy Mario Gomez goal (is there any other kind of Mario Gomez goal?)

Yes, and he proved it tonight

kanker
06.13.12
Also, for the next feature, either Germany - Holland or Portugal - Holland. Pick a Death Letters song, it's a young 2-man band from Dordrecht. They're awesome.

ZedO
06.14.12
great job, Germany!

---
In Portugal, Netherland = Hollanda
here (Indonesia), Netherland = Belanda
;]

fish.
06.14.12
Shame Denmark couldn't hang onto their draw. Would be so funny if they actually qualified for the QFs

phishing
06.14.12
a scrappy Mario Gomez goal (is there any other kind of Mario Gomez goal?)

wat both of Gomez' goals were sublimely taken

Knott-
06.14.12
Holland are clearly still going to qualify.

fish.
06.14.12
I'm banking on Portugal holding the Dutch off enough to put them out.

defjaw83
06.14.12
Don't think Holland will beat Portugal by 2 goals so I think they'll be out unfortunately. The Euros have been quality so far

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
"I'm banking on Portugal holding the Dutch off enough to put them out."
Yeah, pretty much. Ironically all those Romanic countries with financial problems have pretty well trained soccer teams.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Can we use this for Italy V Croatia.

Either way, I'm going to say everything Pirlo does is a work of art.

fish.
06.14.12
lmao an early foul was given against the Croats for a foul against Chiellini. Replay showed that the Croatian player literally didn't touch Chiellini at all and he just jumped to the ground with his mouth open in apparent agony. Italians never change

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Yeah, and looking back at the "foul" on Balotelli leading to the free kick for Pirlo, wasn't anything at all.

But I'm still in awe at that free kick. No keeper in the world would have saved that.

AngelofDeath
06.14.12
Italy: Kings of the Flop

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
ESPN just showed a slow motion close up of Howard Webb winking. Scarred for life, right there.

fish.
06.14.12
This is interesting. I get 3 points for the assist in the Croatian goal, but at the cost of 4 points for Bonucci's clean sheet.
But it's Italy so it's worth it.

Go Croatia!

fish.
06.14.12
1-1. Nice. Croatia have a strong possibility of qualifying.
If they do, remember that I called it before the tournament began.


AngelofDeath
06.14.12
Wonder how bad Spain is gonna roll over the Irish squad.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.14.12
Why there isn't a new thread created ?

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
Italy definitely could've gotten more out of that.

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
"Wonder how bad Spain is gonna roll over the Irish squad."
Not gonna lie, from all I've seen the Irish looked the most sloppy yet.

AngelofDeath
06.14.12
Italy outplayed the Croats by far in the first half. Just way too much speed on the attack. Just got a little too lax toward the end.

fish.
06.14.12
Italy was better in the first half. Croatia better in the second half. Annoying how the game kept stopping for fouls though. And the Croatian fans proved they're thugs again.

Ireland have no chance.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
I want Croatia to advance (I'm not sure why, to be honest) but I also love Italy's formation. However, I think this group could end in a three way 5 point tie between Spain, Italy and Croatia. Croatia could get a draw with Spain if they have a good game. And with head to head being the first tie breaker, what would happen if all three teams shared the same goal difference?

Yeah, I know this is highly unlikely. But still.

fish.
06.14.12
"what would happen if all three teams shared the same goal difference?"
Goals scored. If that's still equal they draw lots. But that's pretty rare.

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