Ruthless Germans eliminate the Danes from Euro 2012 after 2-1 victory
Denmark looked as if they would progress to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 but goals from Lukas Podolski and Lars Bender ensured it was Germany that progressed.
Denmark performed impressively in their group considering the fact that they were the underdogs from Netherlands, Portugal and Germany. Denmark started off their Euro 2012 campaign by defeating Netherlands 1-0.
A late goal from Portugal and Germany forced Denmark to face 2-3 and 1-2 defeat in the last two games of Group B.
With nine points on the table, Germany leads Group B before its game against Greece on July 23. Germany started off their campaign with a 1-0 victory against Portugal followed 2-1 victories over Netherlands and Denmark.
In Sunday’s game Lukas Podolski drew first blood for Germany in the 19th minute. Michael Krohn-Dehli equalized in the first half to give Denmark hopes of qualification but Lars Bender came up with a winner in the 80th minute to destroy their victory party.
Germany possessed the ball for most of the time leaving Denmark with rare chances to attack and score. Germany played their possession game from the start of the game with Lukas Podolski nearly scoring on two different occasions. Lukas Podolski, who was playing in his 100th game for Germany, eventually scored his first goal of the tournament.
It was the Germany’s star striker Mario Gomez who set up Podolski for the goal after a low flying cross from the right wing by Thomas Mueller. Denmark responded with an equalizer just five minutes later from Michael Krohn-Dehli that stunned the German defense.
The goal was scored after a corner kick that found the head of Nicklas Bendtner before travelling to Michael Krohn-Dehli. This was Michael Krohn-Dehli’s second goal of the tournament.
Jakob Poulsen had a rare chance to put Denmark in the lead but he squandered it. This goal scare brought the Germans back on their toes and soon enough they came up with another goal as Mesut Ozil passed the ball to Lars Bender who struck it clinically into the back of the net.
Denmark head back home empty handed as Germany prepares for their match Euro 2012 match which is against Greece on Friday in Gdansk.