1. Tipster of the day
Our German expert Terry Duffelen correctly predicted the 2-1 scoreline in the game against Denmark, which was available at 8.50 before kick-off. Profit ahoy!
2. Fashionable latecomer of the day
Quiet in Portugal’s first two games, Cristiano Ronaldo finally crashed the party in Kharkiv last night. Up against a relatively weak Dutch defence, the Real Madrid star ran riot, netting a brace and hitting the post on two other occasions. With him in this form, it would take a brave man to bet against Portugal.
3. Lookalike of the day
Mesut Ozil doesn’t need to get old because Paul Auster has already done it for him.
4. Hard luck story of the day
Brilliant in their opening victory over the Netherlands, Denmark can consider themselves unlucky to be going home early. Even in the defeats against Portugal and Germany, Morten Olsen’s side impressed with their organisation and, perhaps surprisingly, their cutting edge in attack. While Christian Eriksen has been relatively quiet, Niklas Bendtner and Michael Krohn-Delhi both notched twice, and midfielders Niki Zimling and William Kvist shielded the defence with quiet aplomb. The Danes can count themselves very unlucky to have been drawn in the Group of Death.
5. Tactical conundrum of the day
Bert van Marwijk picks Van Bommel and Afellay. The Netherlands lose. Dutch fans complain. Bert Van Marwijk picks Van Der Vaart and Huntelaar. The Netherlands lose. Dutch fans… etc.
6. Permanent scowl of the day
Paulo Bento doesn’t do smiles.
7. Century of the day
Lukas Podolski celebrated his 100th Germany cap in fine style, opening the scoring against Denmark with a powerful right-footed shot. The 27-year-old is the youngest player ever to reach a century of international games in Europe, and will now be eyeing up Lothar Matthaus’ tally of 150.
8. Scarf salesman of the day
9. Fall guy of the day
Jetro Willems has been thrown in at the deep end this month. An 18-year-old with only a handful of first team games to his name, he was drafted into the Dutch side after first choice left-back Erik Pieters failed to recover from injury in time for the tournament. Understandably, the PSV Eindhoven man has struggled: both of Germany’s goals came from attacks down his flank, as did Ronaldo’s two strikes yesterday. He’ll need a comforting arm around his shoulder over the next few weeks.
10. Meme of the day