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Denmark sinked by Germany


This was some way to set a marker. Germany's coach, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, had actually questioned whether they may catch opponents off guard this summer after a number of modest showings at major tournaments, as wild a concept as that may appear given they have currently won eight European Championships. 

Their rivals can now consider themselves duly cautioned: this was an urgent, insistent, high-grade performance that demolished a fancied Denmark side that merited an even higher margin of success. Provided the calibre of their display and the opposition it overwhelmed, Germany must definitely be regarded as the early favourites.

Although 2 of their goals, through the alternatives Lena Lattwein and Alexandra Popp, arrived in the closing stages this was no artificial scoreline. From the opening whistle Germany had actually torn the Danes apart down the flanks and it was a small miracle that they had actually only scored once by half-time. 

They were more clinical afterwards and what a tormenting night this was for Denmark, who rarely managed to include Pernille Harder in a spluttering attack and threatened sporadically at best. Kathrine Møller Kühl's dismissal in added time made matters even worse.

" We played an exceptional game," Voss-Tecklenburg stated. "We were extremely dominant and aggressive, it was a great team effort from everybody included."

At the outset this event had actually held a celebratory air for Denmark, who were boisterously supported at what has ended up being an enclave of their nation in west London. The Brentford men's club has a heavy Danish influence and its manager, Thomas Frank, could be seen interacting among his compatriots prior to the game. Anybody considering that an advantage was disabused of the idea, though, as Germany raced out of the blocks.

The ideal winger Svenja Huth had Katrine Veje, the woefully exposed left centre-back in Denmark's back three, on toast and created a chance for Klara Bühl within five minutes. It was the marauding left-back Felicitas Rauch, however, who rang the loudest alarm bells. Incredibly she hit the bar two times in the first 13 minutes, clattering the frame from 20 backyards after Sara Däbritz had kept her feet smartly prior to repeating the technique at a somewhat more distance when fed by Bühl. Then Lina Magull forced a flying save from Lene Christensen with an improvised effort from Huth's cross and the opener pertained to appear a matter of time.

It got here in the 21st minute after Denmark had overcomplicated a move out from the back. Signe Bruun, their striker, had dropped deep into her own half and sold Stine Pedersen short with a backwards pass. Pedersen had couple of options but to attempt and clear, with Magull arriving at speed; the Germany forward charged her effort down and had the ability to run through, belting an unstoppable finish past Christensen from a small angle on the right.

The Bayern Munich schemer Magull, playing in the No 10 position, was outstanding in her 69 minutes on the pitch and was worthy of to be called player of the match. Behind her the midfield pivot of Däbritz and Lena Oberdorf allowed bit through, the only significant exception being a turn and shot by Bruun that Merle Frohms parried acrobatically just before the half-hour.

"We were at it right away and created lots of scoring chances that we didn't really benefit from in the very first half," noted Voss-Tecklenburg, however Germany quickly put that right. It was galling for Denmark that their coach, Lars Søndergaard, had actually simply made a triple substitution when the lead was doubled 11 minutes after the interval. Nadia Nadim was among those introduced but had actually not touched the ball when the normally reliable Christensen made a sprawling low save from Magull.

From the resulting corner, the keeper blotted her copybook badly. Magull's drifted set-piece from the left was well delivered however not especially menacing; Christensen came out to collect however ended up being stuck in a crowd of bodies and the forward Lea Schüller, another outstanding performer from Bayern Munich, could nod into a vacant goal with the keeper stranded.

"We didn't have fun with guts," Søndergaard admitted. His players attacked in vain towards a beautiful pink sundown as the minutes ticked down but their prospects soon turned pitch black. Lattwein, discovered unmarked by Oberdorf's imposing header, lashed inside the near post and after that Popp finished the rout absolutely from a Sydney Lohmann delivery. Popp has only just returned from a year-long injury layoff; events have actually moved in her favour and perhaps that chooses Germany too.

"We played ourselves into a frenzy," said Schüller, not inaccurately, of a remarkable night's work. Their fellow contenders may just work themselves into one as they seek methods to stop them.

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