June 18, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Final Score: Denmark 1-2 Germany (Podolski 19’ , Krohn-Dehli 24’, Bender 80’)
Denmark (4-2-3-1) – Andersen Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S Poulsen, Kvist, Zimling, J Poulsen, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli, Bendtner
Germany (4-2-3-1) – Neuer, Bender, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez
Germany continued their brilliant form with three wins out of three as the Germans brushed a spirited Danish unit aside without much fuss. Denmark needed a comfortable victory to have any kind of chance of progression from the group of death. However, the task was a mammoth one.
Germany started the game the way they should have. Pushing the Danes back into their own half, Low’s men looked firmly in charge of the game. Denmark struggled to get the ball out of their own half, let alone trouble the Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The Germans bombarded forward with real menace as Muller, Gomez spurned good chances to put their side ahead. Eventually after a wave of attacks, the Germans found the breakthrough 19 minutes into the game. Lukas Podolski scored on his 100th cap for his country when the ball fell right in front of the centurion after a miskick from Mario Gomez.
The Danes hardly threatened the German defence along the course of the game. However, the brave Danes did manage to pull back an equaliser five minutes later due to some sloppy defending from set pieces. The German defence repeated the same mistake twice as Krohn-Dehli scored his second goal in the European championship to pull his side level.
Earlier the Germany failed to read a long freekick and almost made a mess of it. Denmark chose an indirect route for the free kicks as they aimed long balls at Bendtner who headed them back into the box. Germany were left unpunished the first time they failed to read the play. However, on the second attempt Bendtner successfully headed it back into Krohn-Dehli’s path who nodded in the equaliser.
The goal brought more intensity into the Germany play as the Germans turned on the heat. Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira spurned good opportunities to put their side ahead for the second time.
However, a lot of missed chances meant that there was still a fear of that late goal that could beat them. The fear nearly turned to reality as Bendtner came close to scoring and then Daniel Agger heading agonisingly close from a corner kick.
The Danes however, found themselves cut open 10 minutes from time when a beautiful ball from Ozil set the German fullback Lars Bender through on goal, who wrapped it up in glorious fashion to seal a 100 percent win record in the group for his team.
The win saw the Germans qualify to the Quarter finals of the European championships and their opponents eliminated. Joining Germany in the Quarterfinals from the ‘group of death’ will be Paulo Bento’s Portugal who brushed a lethargic Dutch side aside.