The 10 Best Moments From Day Two of Euro 2012


1. Tipster of the day

Our German expert Terry Duffelen fancied Mario Gomez to score a header against Portugal at a tasty 5.00. Bravo, Terry!

2. Players of the day

Relatively unheralded before the tournament, the Danish midfield pairing of William Kvist and Niki Zimling were influential in their side's shock win over the Netherlands. While they could hardly look more different (Kvist looks like a 14-year-old schoolboy; Zimling like Butch Dingle from Emmerdale), they were both dilligent in their positioning and passed the ball calmly in the centre of the park. Having seen their partnership in action, it should come as no surprise that the pair are childhood friends.

3. Pundit of the day

Viewers of BBC's flagship some-football-highlights-and-loads-of-sitting-around-talking show Match of the Day know what to expect from Alan Shearer. Soporific to the point of coma, he stumbles his way through clunking platitudes whilst demonstrating his deep lack of interest in the game beyond these shores (HATEM BEN ARFA WHO?!).

It came as a surprise to many, then, to see Shearer adopting a new stance this week. Alongside the positively enormous Jake Humphrey, Big Al has been alive with energy. His perma-scowl has been replaced by a gormless focus-group grin, and he seems to actually know the names of players. Some may cringe at this lightning reinvention, but it's good to see that the Saturday night moaning of thousands of Twitter users has had an impact on broadcasting.

4. Tactical blunder of the day

Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk will be ruing his decision to start both Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong in the centre of midfield. While the duo did snuff out the threat of Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, they offered very little going forward. With full-backs Gregory van der Wiel and Jetro Willems also struggling to join the attack, the Dutch front four were forced to face the massed Denmark defence alone. Expect Rafael van der Vaart to start in de Jong's place next time out.

5. Portuguese death stare of the day

6. Investment proposition of the day

If we had a penny for every time Cristiano Ronaldo glanced up at the big screen, hoping to catch a glimpse of his own majesty/checking if his hair is OK, we'd be rich. Any takers?

7. Goal of the day

Michael Krohn-Dehli sold Johnny Heitinga down the river with a delightful feint before slamming the ball through Maarten Stekelenburg's legs. Great stuff.

8. Timely reminder of the day

Coming off the back of a disappointing season with Inter, Wesley Sneijder has entered Euro 2012 with relatively little fanfare. The little maestro turned in an exquisite performance against Denmark, however. Busy, skilful and creative, he was the one Dutch player who looked threatening for the entire 90 minutes. His second-half passes to Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would surely have been among the assists of the tournament... had either striker actually remembered to put the ball in the net. Maybe Sneijder will just go it alone in future - he's at 75.00 to be top goalscorer in Poland and the Ukraine.

9. Lookalike of the day

Mark van Bommel is a dead ringer for Ira Kaplan, lead singer for alt-rock survivors Yo La Tengo.

10. Businesslike performance of the day

Tipped by many in the lead-up to the tournament, Germany were underwhelming against a combative Portugal side. With Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller shackled down the flanks, Jogi Löw's side needed a moment of predatory brilliance from Mario Gomez to earn all three points. They will have to up their game to stand a chance of lifting the trophy, but an opening game victory is never to be sniffed at. Germany are now at 3.75 to win Euro 2012.