Germany advance to Euro 2022 with ease as Denmark decide all or nothing for Spain

Germany laid another marker in their quest for Euro 2022 glory as they saw Spain to secure first place in Group B and qualify for the quarter-finals.

Earlier, Denmark had kept their hopes alive of also making the last eight – and a showdown with the hosts England – after beating Finland.

Here, the PA news agency looks back on Tuesday’s action.

Germany highlights its credentials

The eight-time European champions have so far lived up to their bills in the quest for a new title.

It took just three minutes for Germany to open the scoring at Brentford Community Stadium, as Klara Buhl took advantage of a blunder by Spain keeper Sandra Panos.

Captain Alexandra Popp took the lead a second before the break as Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side sent a strong response to England’s impressive display on Monday night.

Spain struggled without the influence of injured star player Alexia Putellas, Ballon d’Or winner, to break through a stubborn German rear guard.

Coach Jorge Vilda will need to regroup his squad quickly for their all-or-nothing showdown with Denmark when they return to Brentford on Saturday.

Denmark’s fairy tale lives on

Denmark celebrate Pernille Harder’s winner against Finland (Tim Goode/PA)

(PA wire)

After being swept away by Germany in their opener, Denmark needed to record a positive result to stay in the pack crying out of the group.

Captain Pernille Harder made the breakthrough when the Chelsea striker nodded with just 18 minutes remaining.

It took, however, a fine fingertip save from goalkeeper Lene Christensen to deny Finland substitute Jenny Danielsson a spectacular equalizer in stoppage time.

Denmark coach Lars Sondergaard was a relieved man when the full-time whistle sounded, which also signaled the end of Finland’s hopes of further progress.

“We were nervous, of course, but I think the players did pretty well when they were under pressure,” he said.

The Lionesses back in business

A nation in waiting may well be ready to get caught up in the hype of England’s 8-0 loss to Norway in Brighton on Monday night.

Skipper Leah Williamson insists Sarina Wiegman’s team are determined to keep things in perspective.

“Of course it’s (a statement). Every game of football you go out to win and you want to play the best you can, and (Monday) everything we touched in the first half was gold” , said the Arsenal defender.

“You have days like that, you also have days that aren’t like that, so we’re not going to get carried away with that.”

Statistics of the day

Picture of the day

Alexandra Popp celebrated in style as Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Spain (John Walton/PA)

(PA wire)

quote of the day

I don’t think we were worried about anyone coming in. There is a beautiful quote that I like and it is: “Nobody wins, he is afraid of losing”. We go into every game to win it.

England captain Leah Williamson


July 13

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Germany advance to Euro 2022 with ease as Denmark decide all or nothing for Spain

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