With Denmark beating the Netherlands and Germany beating Portugal in the first round of group play, nothing unusual really happened in the group of death. Two games are played, and two results are in, that’s really all.
It was clear since the draw that everything can happen in this group. It is not really a surprise that Denmark won over the Dutch and Germany over Portugal. The way how the games went confirms what everyone has expected from the beginning: Everyone can beat everyone. You can analyze the two games to death, what came out are two facts, every game has a result, and luck. On this first day the lucky winners were Denmark and Germany. None of the winners indicated that they will clearly win the second group game and none of the losers clearly indicated that they will lose the second game as well. Just as predicted.
As the games clearly displayed, it might very well happen that on Wednesday night, after two game days, all four teams might sit on three points. Anyone willing to rule this out? Even with the results from game day one turned upside down, the same conclusion would be right. In this group, like in no other, everything is possible.
While in some of the other groups we will know after game two who will advance into the knock out stages, in this group, we will have to wait until the last game is played. Nothing new here as well. Let’s all sit back and enjoy the upcoming games. It is going to be exciting until the last minute of the last game.