Denmark coach Morten Olsen has absolved defender Simon Poulsen of any blame for his side's opening 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands. Poulsen was unfortunate to be the focus of attention after his attempt at a headed clearance hit team-mate Daniel Agger and went into his own net against the Oranje. Holland then managed a second before the match was over, with the first clearly a turning point.

Veteran coach Olsen refuses to lay the blame at Poulsen's door, however. He said: "That was like a bucket of cold water over our heads. Simon Poulsen was one of our better players, but he was unlucky. It's one of those things that happens in football."