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  • Date:17 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Lviv New Stadium - Lviv
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli (24)
  • Lukas Podolski (19)
    Lars Bender (80)

Live Commentary


There's the final whistle. 2-1 Germany. So, no repeat of the heroics of the 1992 final for the Danes. Germany have been far from their best in this match, but they have done just enough to win.


We are into three minutes of added time in Lviv.


Germany are in complete control now. The Danes look short of ideas.


Five minutes to go here in Lviv. It's not looking good for the Danes.


Danish captain Daniel Agger comes close to an equaliser, heading a corner over the bar.


For the first time in the second half Denmark are caught high up the pitch and Germany take full advantage with Bender rolling the ball past Andersen to make it 2-1.


GOAL FOR GERMANY! Goal on the break by Lars Bender.


The Danish defence has been rock-solid in this half, but Morten Olsen's men must find a goal from somewhere in the last 10 minutes if they are to progress.


Goal for Portugal in the other match in this Group. 2-1 Ronaldo with his second of the match. Now it's getting interesting. A Denmark winner here and the Germans go home.


Long-range shot by Zimling forces Neuer into conceeding a corner, but it comes to nothing.


Substitute Schurrle has a shot saved by Andersen.


Denmark must find a goal from somewhere or rely on the Dutch scoring again against Portugal.


German goalscorer Podolski goes off to be replaced by Andre Schurrle.


Simon Kjaer has already made a handful of telling interventions for the Danes in this second half.


Punched clear by Andersen.


Corner to Germany.


Simon Poulsen continues to look threatening attacking down the left for the Danes.


Not much happening at the moment, same pattern as in the first half with Germany passing the ball neatly and the Danes happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.


Germany mustn't get complacent as a winner for Denmark coupled with a Portuguese win and Joachim Low's side could go out.


WHAT A CHANCE FOR DENMARK! Simon Poulsen with a great run on the left. Bendtner takes his cross and sets up Jakob Poulsen who fires just wide.


Lahm with the through-ball seeking Muller, but it runs through to Andersen.


There's the whistle for half time. 1-1. The Germans have had the better of the chances, but some wasteful finishing by Muller and Co. ensures Denmark are very much alive.


Ball eventually scrambled clear by the German defence. Unconvincing defending by Joachim Low's men.


Good work by the Danish full back Poulsen to win a corner.


Great tackle by Simon Kjaer to deny Gomez what would have been a certain goal.


WHAT A CHANCE FOR GERMANY! Kvist with the mistake allowing Khedira in but the Real Madrid man couldn't hit the target.


Denmark have been limited to the occasional foray into German territory. The Germans have had the lion's share of possession in the first half.


Podolski blasts the ball over the bar.


Ozil to Muller who is cut down on the edge of the area. Free kick to Germany.


Decent chance for Germany. Free-kick taken by Mesut Ozil which the Danes clear for corner. Taken short and crossed for Mario Gomez, who shoots wide.


It's 1-1 in the other game in Group B, Cristiano Ronaldo equalising after Rafael Van Der Vaart's opener for the Dutch.


As it stands Germany and Denmark are going through to the quarters.


Nicklas Bendtner with the header from a corner that Khron-Dehli redirected past Neuer from close range.


GOAL FOR DENMARK! 1-1 Michael Krohn-Delhi.


1-0 Germany. As it stands they will go through as group winners.


Muller controlled the ball from a throw in and found Podolski in front of goal and he fired home on his 100th appearance for his country.


GOAL FOR GERMANY! Lukas Podolski!


Hello and welcome to AFP's coverage of Denmark vs Germany.

Denmark get the second half underway...

As it stands Germany and Portugal will advance from Group B, but if the Danes score next the picture changes. It promises to be an tense final 45 minutes at the Lviv Arena.

Germany will play Group A runners-up Greece in the Quarter Finals with Portugal, who defeated Holland 2-1, advancing to face the Czech Republic.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Morten Olsen Coach
  • Stephan Andersen Goal
  • Lars Jacobsen Defender
  • Simon Kjær Defender
  • Daniel Agger Defender
  • Simon Poulsen Defender
  • Christian Eriksen Midfielder
  • William Kvist Midfielder
  • Jakob Poulsen Midfielder
  • Niki Zimling Midfielder
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli Midfielder
  • Nicklas Bendtner Forward
  • Anders Lindegaard Substitute
  • Kasper Schmeichel Substitute
  • Dennis Rommedahl Substitute
  • Jores Okore Substitute
  • Lasse Schone Substitute
  • Michael Silberbauer Substitute
  • Nicklas Pedersen Substitute
  • Daniel Wass Substitute
  • Thomas Kahlenberg Substitute
  • Andreas Bjelland Substitute
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Tobias Mikkelsen


  • Joachim Loew Coach
  • Manuel Neuer Goal
  • Lars Bender Defender
  • Mats Hummels Defender
  • Holger Badstuber Defender
  • Philipp Lahm Defender
  • Thomas Mueller Midfielder
  • Sami Khedira Midfielder
  • Mesut Ozil Midfielder
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger Midfielder
  • Lukas Podolski Midfielder
  • Mario Gomez Forward
  • Tim Wiese Substitute
  • Ron-Robert Zieler Substitute
  • Ilkay Gundogan Substitute
  • Marcel Schmelzer Substitute
  • Benedikt Howedes Substitute
  • Per Mertesacker Substitute
  • Mario Goetze Substitute
  • Marco Reuss Substitute
  • Andre Schuerrle Substitute who played
  • Miroslav Klose Substitute who played
  • Toni Kroos Substitute who played

Match Report

Bender winner puts Germany through, Danes go out
Germany advanced to the quarter-finals as defender Lars Bender scored his first international goal to seal their 2-1 win over Denmark which put the Danes out.
After Portugal's 2-1 win over Holland in Kharkiv, another three points at Arena Lviv confirmed Germany as Group B winners with three victories while Portugal progress as runners-up from the so-called "Group of Death".
The Germans will now play Friday's quarter-final against Group A runners-up Greece in Gdansk, their Euro 2012 base, while Portugal will play the Group A winners the Czech Republic in Warsaw on Thursday.
Lukas Podolski, who was making his 100th appearance for Germany, celebrated his century with the opening goal on 19 minutes which was cancelled out by a Michael Krohn-Dehli just five minutes later before Bender's late winner.
Having made his debut in the 2-2 friendly draw with Poland last September, the 23-year-old Bender was making only his ninth appearance for Germany.
Both coaches made only essential changes to their start line-ups.
Germany's Joachim Loew opted for Bayer Leverkusen's Bender at right-back for Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, who was suspended after picking up a yellow card in their 2-1 win over Holland last Wednesday.
Likewise, Denmark's Morten Olsen brought Jakob Poulsen into the midfield for veteran forward Dennis Rommedahl, who damaged his hamstring in their 3-2 defeat to Portugal.
The Germans started at pace and only a superb block by Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen from a Thomas Mueller low drive on six minutes denied the Germans.
Germany got the break through when Mueller fired his pass across the Denmark goal and Gomez let the ball roll for man-of-the-match Podolski to drill his shot home on for his 44th international goal.
The Germans held the lead for five minutes before Bendtner headed back from a corner and Krohn-Dehli, who also scored in the Danes' shock 1-0 win over Holland, got his head to the ball before the German defence.
It was 1-1 at the break, but midfielder Jakub Poulson, in for hamstring injury-victim Rommedahl, clipped the post with his shot on 51 minutes.
The game's tempo dropped noticeably in the second-half with Germany's midfield star Mesut Ozil looking flat as the Danish defenders constantly thwarted the Germans.
Podolski was brought off with 25 minutes left as Leverkusen's Andre Schuerrle was given his chance and he soon tested Andersen with a shot.
With ten minutes to go, Germany counter-attacked at pace and Ozil squared for the grateful Bender to score his first international goal and the right-back calmly slotted past Andersen to seal victory.





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