Germany sets back Netherlands

Posted: June 15, 2012

Mario Gomez scored twice as Germany left the Netherlands on the brink of elimination from the European Championship, beating their historic rivals, 2-1, on Wednesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Although Robin van Persie pulled one back for the Dutch in the second half, the defeat leaves the 2010 World Cup runner-up dangerously close to going home.

Germany, a three-time European champion, has six points from its two wins but is still not sure of advancing from Group B, where three teams could end up even.

In the earlier game, Portugal beat Denmark, 3-2, in Lviv, Ukraine. Goals from Pepe and Helder Postiga gave the Portuguese the early lead, but Denmark fought back, getting two headers from striker Nicklas Bendtner. Substitute Silvestre Varela sealed the win with an 87th minute second-effort goal.

Bendtner could face disciplinary action from UEFA for apparent ambush marketing during his second goal celebration. He lifted his shirt and dropping his shorts slightly to reveal a gambling firm's name on his underwear. Sponsor advertising by players is forbidden during the tournament.

"It's nothing," Bendtner said after the game. "I have some shorts that I got a while ago that bring me luck."

Fines and apology. UEFA ordered the Russian team to pay a $150,000 fine, and threatened it with a six-point deduction in Euro 2016 qualifying as punishment for its fans' attacking stadium workers during the game against Czech Republic on Friday in Wroclaw, Poland.

Police said violence flared when stewards tried to detain a man they believed threw a firecracker. Fans also displayed a nationalist flag adopted by far-right groups.

Meanwhile, Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz apologized after violent clashes Tuesday when Poland played Russia in the capital city.

Police, who fired rubber bullets and used water cannon and tear gas, said Wednesday they had detained 184 people.

A total of 19 civilians and 17 officers were injured, and officials said up to 140 people required medical treatment

Di Matteo in for Chelsea. Chelsea handed Roberto Di Matteo the full-time manager's job on a two-year contract, rewarding the 42-year-old former assistant for guiding the club to its first Champions League title.

Redknapp out for Spurs? British media are reporting that Harry Redknapp is no longer Tottenham Hotspur manager following his failure to repeat his feat of leading the team into the Champions League.

BBC and Sky said late Wednesday that Redknapp has left after nearly four seasons in charge and with a year left on his contract.

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