Germany 2 Denmark 1 – Bender seals victory for Germans
After victories against Portugal and the Netherlands, Germany sealed their place in the Euro 2012 quarter finals with a win over Denmark although it was far from plain sailing for Joachim Low’s team.
June 17th, 2012
The Germans stuttered to a 2-1 win which saw Lukas Podolski fire them in front before Michael Krohn-Deli score his second of the tournament and the Danes had chances to dramatically win the match, most notably when Nicklas Bendtner was pulled by Holger Badstuber in the penalty area.
The referee could have potentially awarded a spot kick which would have seen the Germans reduced to ten men and they could have been dumped out of the competition, although Lars Bender calmed any nerves with a late winner and they now go through to face Greece in the quarter finals.
Podolski’s opener came after good work from Thomas Muller, with the new Arsenal forward scoring his first goal of Euro 2012, while Krohn-Deli owed his goal to Bendtner’s header back across goal which allowed him to head past Manuel Neuer.
However, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira continued to drive the team forward and they were duly rewarded in the 80th minute when Bender found space on the right-hand side and slotted home.