Stars of the Tournament so far - Group B
Following Wednesday’s fixtures, the ‘Group of death’ will now be decided by the last round of matches. So far we’ve had a good opportunity to see the star players in each team. Here’s a look at Group B’s key men.
Holland – Wesley Sneijder
So far Holland have had an extremely poor tournament – they face the prospect of elimination if they fail to win their final group fixture against the Portuguese.
However, Sneijder has still played considerably well in the Netherland’s opening matches. His desire to win and then keep the ball has allowed him to dominate central midfield against both Denmark and Germany. In addition, he has produced some spectacular passes. Had the Dutch strikers been on scoring form, he would no doubt boast the highest number of assists in the competition to date.
Germany – Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez has only had possession of the ball for a total of 22 seconds so far this tournament. However, in this time he’s scored all three of Germany’s goals – a fantastic statistic. Currently he shares a joint lead in the goal competition’s goal scoring leader board.
The stats speak for themselves, without Mario Gomez’s goals Germany would not be in their current position at the top of Group B.
Portugal – Pepe
Pepe scored the opening goal in his side’s victory against Denmark on Wednesday. The defender has made a solid start to the competition; he’ll now look for a clean sheet against current group leaders, Holland, in the final round of fixtures.
In matches against both Germany and Denmark, Pepe has impressed amongst a weak Portugal defence.
Denmark – Nicklas Bendtner
Two goals in as many games for Bendtner just shows how important he is to the Danish national side. He isn’t renowned for his scoring ability at club or international level, however so far this tournament he’s been extremely impressive.
His ability to hold up the ball caused huge problems for Holland in Group B’s opening fixture. Denmark scraped a 1-0 win after an extremely defensive display, Bendtners strength in the Dutch half was vital in order for this to happen. He’ll need to produce a performance at a similar level, against Germany, if his side wish to qualify for the quarter finals.
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