Denmark has eliminated the space the Netherlands are famous for exploiting, leading to a scoreless first half where Morten Olsen’s men were able to create the better chances.
But between the two teams, there were few scoring opportunities, with Netherlands’ dominance in possession limited the Danes while strong positional play from Denmark – combined with good clean-up work from central defender Daniel Agger – kept the Dutch to one shot on goal.
Denmark, however, had the two best chances. Nicklas Bendtner was served for a header opportunity by Dennis Rommedhal, but the Arsenal striker poorly took has chance, wasting the scoring opportunity.
Later in the half, Bendtner created an opportunity through the left for Thomas Kahlenberg, but the low-percentage chance was saved at the near post by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Denmark would have two shots on goal in the half with 36 percent of the possession. The Netherlands had one shot and 64 percent of the ball.