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Euro 2012 Match 3 - Netherlands v Denmark

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie (credit: ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/GettyImages)
The Netherlands start their Euro 2012 campaign today when they take on Denmark in Group B.

Holland are likely to be without Joris Mathijsen (hamstring) for their opener at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

Either Ron Vlaar or Wilfred Bouma will likely to partner John Heitinga in central defence.

PSV Eindhoven's 18-year-old full-back Jetro Willems is also in line to play and if he does, he will become the youngest player ever to feature in the European Championship finals.

Denmark are expected to hand a start to Stephan Andersen in goal.

These two sides have met on three previous occasions at either the European Championships or the World Cup, with the Dutch winning twice

The Danes needed penalties to win their semi-final clash at Euro 1992.

Denmark topped Group H in qualifying by three points in a tough group which featured the likes of Portugal and Norway, so Holland cannot afford to take them lightly if they are to begin their quest for European glory with all three points.

This Group is many people’s “Group of Death” so it’s vital for both sides to get off to a positive start with Germany and Portugal waiting in the wings.

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