Sun, 10 Jun 2012 08:24:22 GMT | By AP

Germany, Denmark earn solitary goal wins in Euro 2012

Denmark provided the upset and Germany was typically reliable as both earned 1-0 wins Saturday at the European Championship


Germany, Denmark earn solitary goal wins in Euro 2012

Warsaw: The Danes held off a wasteful Netherlands in Kharkiv and highly touted Germany wore down Portugal with a late winner in Lviv as co-host Ukraine staged its opening matches.

Earlier in Poland, Russia's football federation was charged by UEFA after footage emerged of Russian fans attacking stadium stewards after their team's 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday. Four security staff were treated in a hospital.

UEFA's disciplinary panel will hear the case against Russia on Wednesday. It is seeking more evidence to investigate reports of "alleged abuse'' directed at Czech players.

The Netherlands, which faced its own racist taunts in training before the match, spurned a series of chances in its unexpected loss.

Star strikers Robin van Persie, top scorer in the English Premier League, and Arjen Robben were the worst offenders as the World Cup runner-up failed to convert any of its 28 attempts on goal.

Denmark, the surprise winner of Euro 1992, needed only Michael Krohn-Dehli's smart 24th-minute solo effort to make a winning start in Group B.

"I'm speechless, because these three points are very important,'' Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel said.

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