Originally written on Top-soCCer  |  Last updated 6/11/12
The Netherlands, one of the pre-tournament favourites to stop Spain from defending their title the 2012 European Championships, find themselves in a bit of hole. The Oranje were shell-shocked at the end of their first match, after being defeated by Denmark in their first Group B contest. So what went wrong for the Dutch? Where did they fall down? One of the big areas of failure for the Netherlands in the match, was Robin van Persie. The Arsenal man, who netted 30 goals for his club in the English Premier League last season, is the big hope for the Netherlands. He is the go-to man. Because Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk likes to play with just one man up front, the majority of the goalscoring responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Robin van Persie. However, for all of his brilliance in the Premier League, Van Persie looked as if the weight of exception was getting all a bit much for him on the international stage. Of course he has been in this position for a long time. Van Persie i...
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