Euro 2012 hopes rely on long shot
By The Holland Times Thu. 14 June 2012
The Netherlands' 2-1 defeat to Germany yesterday might have been seen as the final nail in the coffin of Oranje's Easter European adventure, but the team is still in with a chance to qualify for the quarter finals. But to do so, they have to pull off an amazing victory against Portugal.
In order to guarantee qualification for the next round, not only must the Dutch squad beat Portugal by at least two goals, it is vital that Germany continue their run and defeat the Danes in their match. This might seem like an unlikely series of events, and Ladbrokes betting agency is giving odds of 11/2 that Oranje will make the cut.
Meanwhile, vocal midfielder Wesley Sneijder has apologised to Dutch fans for yesterday's game in de Telegraaf.
"I do apologise to everyone for everything... We didn't see this coming. There is a real sense that we let the Germans win," he told the paper, adding that, "We have now lost twice, but we still have a chance. We need to keep believing in it."
The Netherlands final hope begins at 20:45 on 17 June in Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium when they meet Portugal.