Make or break for Germany, Netherlands

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Tonight's game at Euro 2004 will see either Germany or Holland knocked out.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Tonight's game at Euro 2004 will see either Germany or Holland knocked out. Sadly Holland seem to be worse off since even a win today against Latvia may not be enough. While Germany will get through with a win over Czech Republic who have already qualified. Rudi Voeller's team, three-time champions at the European Championships will possibly be on their way out. And Rudd Van Nistelrooy's side champions from 1988 and staring at the prospect of a first first-round Euro exit since 1980. Those were the perils of being in the group of death. The Czech republic though had no problems. They were the only team to qualify for the quarter-finals after playing just two games. So would the Czechs be intersted in showing any favours to Germany. Certainly not, given that Germany beat them to win the title in 1996. "Yeah, so we can have a little bit of revenge against them (Germany). You know, they beat us twice in '96 and the last friendly when we played four years ago, we lost as well so. It doesn't suit us, the German style, we don't like to play them so we will see what happens," said Vladimir Smicer, Forward, Czech Republic. Germany know their maths - a win is good enough but Holland are in the same predicament as Italy were. Even a win against Latvia won't be enough, unless the Germans lose to the Czechs. The Dutch have only themselves to blame for blowing a two goal lead against the Czechs. Coach Dick Advocat meanwhile has become public enemy number one in Holland for substituing Arjen Robben in 58th minute. That was no doubt a bizzare decision since Robben had set up both goals for his team. Not suprisngly Advocat was not around for the pre-match press conference. His home media might have lynched him. "We only have to hope and the only thing we can do is win and focus on our own game and then when we finish the game we have to look at what Germany has done whether Germany has beaten the Czechs," said Arjen Robben, Forward, Holland. Eventually it was minnows Latvia, the first-time qualifiers, who upset all the calculations in the group of death by holding mighty Germany to a 0-0 draw.