Euro 2012 paper review: Holland despair over black night for Oranje

Defeat to Germany leaves Dutch relying on help from the enemy while Danish fans are accused of 'bullying' Cristiano Ronaldo

Sometimes you do not need a love of foreign languages, or a co-operative translator on hand, to understand a message from overseas. "Oh, Oh, Oranje' reads the headline on De Telegraaf after Holland's 2-1 defeat by Germany in Kharkiv on Wednesday night, perfectly encapsulating the sense of despair spreading though the Netherlands following a beating by the enemy that leaves Bert van Marwijk's side facing an early exit from Euro 2012.

"Afhankelijk van Duitsers" headlined another story from the newspaper – 'Depending on Germany' – a fate that is sure to grate with all Dutchmen but is where they find themselves after two defeats from two in Group B. They must hope Joachim Löw's side defeat Denmark on Sunday while Holland record a victory over Portugal back in Kharkiv.

Not surprisingly, the mood in Bild is far more upbeat. "Doppelpack gegen Holland," runs the headline in the German tabloid above a picture of Mario Gomez, celebrating the striker's twin strikes against Holland, while Der Spiegel has gone with the simple but highly effective "Das war super, Mario!"

The other game from Group B on Wednesday was Portugal's dramatic 3-2 victory over Denmark in Lviv. "Salvação" – "Salvation" – runs the headline in Abola above a picture of Silvestre Varela, who scored the 87th-minute winner for Paulo Bento's side and thus kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament very much alive.

Cristiano Ronaldo was short of his best in Portugal's victory and an explanation for why has been outlined in Denmark's Ekstra Bladet. "Ronaldo irriteret over danske fans" explains the newspaper in a story pointing out that every time the Real Madrid forward picked up the ball he was greeted by chants of "Messi, Messi" by Danish supporters. "Perhaps Ronaldo's weak effort was due to the bullying of the superstar" suggests Ektra Bladet. Bullying? More like hilarious goading, surely.

And finally, the Republic of Ireland face Spain in Gdansk on Thursday evening knowing defeat to the world and European champions following the dismal 3-1 loss against Croatia on Sunday would almost certainly spell the end of their hopes of making it out of Group C. "Trapattoni facing his greatest test" exclaims the Irish Times ahead of the game, while the Irish Independent leads with the Italian manager calling on his side to "believe again".

It may do the Ireland squad a favour not to look at Marca, whose leading headline on Thursday morning reads: "La Roja siempre se levanta tras empatar" – "The Red always gets up after drawing". Spain are expected by their supporters to react positively to their 1-1 draw with Italy at the weekend and, should they hit top form, then the encounter is likely to prove a gruelling one for the Irish.

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