Germany vs Denmark score was 2-1 at the end of the game, sending Germany to quarterfinals where they will meet Greece
Lukas Podolski and Lars Bender scored when it mattered most on Sunday at Arena Lviv to take Germany in the quarter finals beating the formidable Denmark by 2-1. The Germans would take on the Greeks on Friday in Gsansk.
Denmark is not out of contention. In an another match Portugal defeated Holland by 2-1 in Kharkiv to reach the quarters to play the knock out against the Czech Repulic in Warsaw on Thursday.
Defender Lars Bender scored his first international goal at the most crucial time in the 80th minute as the match was locked 1-1 till then.
The Germans were put ahead by Lukas Podolski in the 19th minute by a super shot from the middle of the Danish half giving the goal keeper no chance. Podolski was playing his 100th international for Germany. Podolski got a pass from Thomas Mueller across the Denmark goal post and took a powerful shot into the nets scoring his 44th international goal. He was declared man of the match.
But Germany’s lead was very short lived as a beautiful header by Michael Krohn-Dehli left the Germans clueless and the ball raced into the nets. The header was a result of a corner kick. Thus the equalizer came within five minutes. It was the same Krohn-Dehli who scored to beat the Netherlands by 1-0.
The pace of Germans in the first half was quite good but they got a bit slow in the second half. Germany was denied a goal by
Danish goalkeeper Stephan Andersan earlier in the game as he blocked a Thomas Mueller shot.
German coach Joachim Loew decision to field Lars Bender in place of Jerome Boateng paid off ten before the scheduled time as Boaten was suspended after getting a yellow card in the match against Holland which the Germans won by 2-1 on Wednesday.
Lars Bender was overboard after scoring the winning goal but more than the goal it was his first appearance for the country that made him glad. He accepted that he was a bit lucky as he saw the goal and fired the ball in.
Twenty Three years old Bender has started playing for Germany last September in a friendly againt Poland. Now the German coach would have to face a dilemma to choose between Bender and the experienced Jerome Boateng who would be available to play in the last eight. Most probably Boateng would get in the first eleven.