Holland coach Bert van Marwijk refused to criticise Robin van Persie after the Arsenal captain missed a hatful of chances in the Oranje's shock 1-0 defeat against Denmark in their Euro 2012 opener in Kharkiv.

Van Marwijk's highly-fancied side created 28 opportunities, hitting the post through Arjen Robben and having two penalty appeals turned down, but Michael Krohn-Dehli scored the only goal of the game at Metalist Stadium.

Van Persie was preferred to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the starting line-up and, despite his failure to make the most of the numerous chances that came his way, but Van Marwijk said: "It was not only Robin van Persie. There were maybe four, five, six players who had a lot of chances. And the referee had also a chance to give us a penalty."

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