Portugal have an edge over Denmark


After beating Netherlands in their opening match, Denmark take on Portugal in their second match of the 14th Euro Cup Football tournamet at the Arena Lviv in Lviv, Ukraine on Wednesday (June 13). This group B match will start at 21.00 hours (PST).
This will be the 13th international match between the two teams and second in the European Cup final
Denmark and Portugal have met once before in European Championships finals, drawing 1-1 at Hillsborough in Euro 1996. Overall, the Portuguese have won seven and lost just three of 12 clashes against Denmark.
Denmark’s three wins over Portugal have come in their last five meetings They lost one and draw one match.
Portugal and Denmark were in the same group for Euro 2012 qualifying, winning one game apiece against each other. Denmark eventually finished three points above the Portuguese, who were forced to qualify via the play-offs.
Denmark found the net in every one of their eight qualification matches for Euro 2012 and also have scored in their opening match against the Netherlands (1-0).
The Danes have won just two of their last eight matches at European Championship finals , drawing two and losing four.
Portugal have never been eliminated from the group stages of the European Championship finals in five pervious appearances. If they lose and the Netherlands fail to beat Germany, Portugal are already eliminated.
The 1-0 loss to Germany was the second time Portugal lost their opening game at European Championship finals. The first defeat came in 2004 (2-1 defeat to Greece) when they went on to reach the final.
The second match of the day will be played between Netherlands and Germany at Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv. This group B match will start 23.45 hours (PST).
These old rivals will be meeting for the 39th time in all internationals. The Germans hold the upper-hand at the moment, having won 14 to Netherlands’ 10. The remaining 14 matches ended with out a result.
The Dutch hold the advantage in previous European Championship clashes, however, winning two (1988 and 1992), drawing one (2004) and losing one (1980).
All seven clashes between the sides in major competitions have seen both sides score. Germany have won just three of their last 12 meetings with the Dutch, drawing five and losing four.
The Netherlands have won four of their last five European Championship group games,losing one and seven of their last 10, losing two and drawing one.
Germany have only won three of their last 11 European Championship group stage games, drawing four and losing four and have been eliminated at this stage in two of the last three tournaments.
Germany did not go behind at any point in the qualification campaign, taking the lead in all 10 of their matches. They continued this run with the 1-0 win over Portugal. This clash brings the best two goalscorers from the qualifying round up against each other. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (who plays for German side Schalke) scored twelve goals for the Dutch, Germany’s Miroslav Klose bagged nine. Additionally, yet both strikers only came from the bench in their country’s first game.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not the only Dutchmen plying his trade in the Bundesliga, additionally there’s Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart) and Arjen Robben (Bayern). Former Bundesliga players are Rafael van der Vaart, Nigel de Jong, Joris Mathijsen (all Hamburg) and Mark van Bommel (Bayern). Dutch boss Bert van Marwijk managed Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund between summer 2004 and December 2006.
Played: 12
Portugal won: 7
Denmark won: 3
Drawn: 2
Goals for Portugal: 26
Goals for Denmark: 16
Played: 1
Portugal won: –
Denmark won: –
Drawn: 1
Goals for Portugal: 1
Goals for Denmark: 1
Played: 38
Germany won: 14
Netherlands won: 10
Drawn: 14
Goals for Germany: 75
Goals for Netherlands: 63
Played: 4
Germany won: 1
Netherlands won: 2
Drawn: 1
Goals for Germany: 6
Goals for Netherlands: 8