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German joy signals despair for Denmark

Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 23.38CET
Denmark 1-2 Germany
Lars Bender struck ten minutes from time as Joachim Löw's men set up a quarter-final against Greece and sent the Danes out of the tournament.
by John Atkin
from Arena Lviv

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Match statistics

DenmarkGermany

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts10
 
12
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
6
Attempts blocked2
 
2
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
6
Fouls suffered5
 
6

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

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Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 23.38CET

German joy signals despair for Denmark

Denmark 1-2 Germany
Lars Bender struck ten minutes from time as Joachim Löw's men set up a quarter-final against Greece and sent the Danes out of the tournament.

Lars Bender struck an 80th-minute winner as Germany secured progress to the UEFA EURO 2012 knockout stage as Group B winners at Denmark's expense in a game they dominated but were never allowed a firm grip on.

Right-back Bender, only playing because of Jérôme Boateng's suspension, ghosted inside on the counterattack and drilled in when Mesut Özil's pass, intended for Mario Gomez, found him ten metres out. A 2-1 victory was little more than Germany's possession merited but the script was in danger of being torn up when Michael Krohn-Dehli cancelled out a 19th-minute opener from Lukas Podolski, on his 100th international appearance.

At 1-1, Germany's position was always precarious, and Jakob Poulsen hit the post soon after half-time with a crisp, low effort. Yet when Denmark, needing a win as Portugal were on course to beat the Netherlands in Kharkiv, finally committed men forward Bender struck almost immediately. It means Germany go on to Gdansk, where they will meet Greece on Friday; Denmark return home beaten but not bowed.

Germany went into the game in rude health and were soon probing with purpose and suffocating what little possession Denmark had. They ought to have been ahead on six minutes after Özil and Podolski combined to carve out a chance for the unmarked Thomas Müller, just five metres out. The winger's scuffed effort gave Stephan Andersen just enough of a sniff to pull off an impressive save.

It set the tone as time and again the cute passes of Özil and Sami Khedira dazzled the static Danish back line. A goal seemed a matter of time. It was, of course, a similar story in the EURO '92 final before John Jensen delivered an almighty sucker punch that Germany never recovered from. This was not a case of history repeated, and around the time Jensen was being mobbed in Gothenburg two decades ago, Podolski broke the deadlock.

A throw on the right did not appear to pose a threat but Müller was allowed to turn in the box and fire in a low cross that Gomez deflected into Podolski's unguarded path. The Arsenal FC man needed no invitation.

The situation looked grave for Denmark but, within five minutes, they were level. Nicklas Bendtner caused problems all evening, and he rose imperiously on the edge of the box to head Christian Eriksen's corner into the danger zone, where Krohn-Dehli was on hand to nod in. It was all so simple; surely too simple for Joachim Löw, who sprang into action in his technical area.

His side immediately reasserted themselves, yet gradually the gaping holes they had earlier exposed with such ease were plugged. Germany continued to dominate possession, though – there were three times as many of their fans as Danes at the Arena Lviv and on occasions Morten Olsen's team seemed similarly outnumbered on the pitch. Gone, though, was the penetration.

Manuel Neuer cut a lonely figure in the Germany goal all the same, and although Jakob Poulsen gave him a scare, there was little else to trouble him before Bender settled any lingering doubts with his first international goal.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.13CET

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Quotes

  • Morten Olsen

    Read more"It's all ifs and buts – with the Portugal game too – but this team has a future, no doubt about it"

  • Joachim Löw, Germany coach

    Read more"In the second half, we controlled the match, looked after the ball and played with real maturity"

Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Germany

Germany

1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
3
KjærSimon Kjær
5
HummelsMats Hummels
4
AggerDaniel Agger (C)
6
KhediraSami Khedira
5
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
6
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
7
KvistWilliam Kvist
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal19
Substitution64
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
13
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution84
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
Goal24
14
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
15
BenderLars Bender
Goal80
19
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
Substitution82
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
21
ZimlingNiki Zimling
Substitution78
23
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution74

Substitutes

16
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
12
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
22
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
22
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution78
2
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
10
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
3
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
12
BjellandAndreas Bjelland
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
13
OkoreJores Okore
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution64
14
SchöneLasse Schöne
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution74
15
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
17
PedersenNicklas Pedersen
18
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution84
18
WassDaniel Wass
19
GötzeMario Götze
20
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
21
ReusMarco Reus
23
MikkelsenTobias Mikkelsen
Substitution82

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Carlos Gómez (ESP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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