Agger and van Bommel have played against each other once before, in the group stages of the 2010 World Cup. It was a game to forget for Agger as his team suffered a 2-0 defeat to van Bommel's side. Agger even scored an own-goal in that game but it would be harsh to place any blame on him for doing so as it came when his team-mate Simon Poulsen headed the ball against his back and it deflected into the goal.
What Was Expected
Agger will line up alongside Simon Kjaer in a back four, in a fluid 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation fluid 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. Even against such a high prfile side as van Bommel's Holland Denmark are likely to take the game to the opposition and Agger may find himself outnumbered as his full-backs rampage forward. van Bommel should play as a defensive midfielder alongside Nigel De Jong, sitting back to protect the dutch defence as their dynamic attacking options stream forward. The Dutch attackers have been relentless this season and Agger may find himself marking van Persie and Huntelaar. Danish attacking midfielder Eriksen will provide van Bommel with enough to keep him occupied and the Dutch captain may struggle to keep up with the pacy Rommedahl and industrious Krohn-Dehli marauding down the wings.
Netherlands dominated possession and had more chances but it was Agger's side who came away with a 1 - 0 victory. In the first half Van Bommel kept the Dutch midfield ticking along, spreading the ball across the pitch but though the netherlands created a few chances they could not find the back of the net. For the Danish goal he should of done better as Krohn-Delhi was unmarked as he collected the ball outside the area with van Bommel the closest to him, and he only half heartedly chased after him as the winger broke into the box and shot between the keepers legs into the back of the net. He had a couple of poor long shots and the second suggested he was becoming desperate as the half wore on, wasting possession by going for goal from almost the halfway line. In the second half Van Bommel continued to provide a link between the defence and attack for the Netherlands, kept Eriksen quiet and also had a screamer of a long shot saved by Andersen but he could not help his side find a goal and also received a booking for a mistimed and unnecessary challenge.
Agger began the game with a strong committed challenge on van der Wiel. He was tasked with marking Van Persie for much of the match and did a fairly good job of doing so. He remained composed to win almost every areal ball, on a few occasions using high footed volleys to do so and he could have conceded a couple of penalties if they had been mistimed. After one of these however, he failed to pick up Van Persie and played him onside but Andersen came to his rescue and saved the shot. At the start of the second half he also let Van Persie get away from him a couple of times but the striker first slipped missed the ball and later shot straight at the keeper. The solidity of Denmarks defence was acknowledged by the Netherlands when they substituted on van der Vaart and Huntelaar for De Jong and Affelay and Agger could do little to prevent Huntelaar from running through on goal after a superb through ball from Sneijder bisected the Danish centre-halfs but Andersen made another great stop. Apart from this though the Dutch had plenty of shots they were mainly restricted to shooting from range and this was thanks to the organised defence of Agger and Kjaer who worked very well together to secure the first clean sheet of the tournament, one marking the furthest forward dutch player while the other stepped up to intercept or challenge for the ball.
Leadership: Patrolled the centre of the pitch well, barking commands to his team mates and urging them on. Wasn't involved much in attack but that wasn't his job. - 6
Attitude: Good for the most part but gave the ball away a few times in attacking positions through poor decision making and technique and lost his cool to make a poor challenge he was rightly booked for. - 6
Organisation: Made sure the team kept their shape well and pressed high up the pitch. - 7
Performance: Did what was expected of him for the most part, passing well and linking defence and attack but was somewhat at fault for Denmark's goal. - 6
Leadership: Committed performance from the Dane as he played a big role keeping Van Persie at bay. - 7
Attitude: Remained composed throughout, at one point smartly improvising to win the ball with his chest whilst on the floor after mistiming a sliding tackle. - 8
Organisation: Made sure the defence kept its shape and restricted Holland to mainly long shots, but allowed them to breach the defence on a couple of occasions, and depended on Andersen to make some good saves. - 7
Performance: Won almost everything in the air and although he was caught out once or twice in general kept the Dutch at bay very well. - 8