Eight-time European champions Germany picked up a resounding victory in their Group B opener on Friday night, beating Denmark 4-0 at Brentford Community Stadium in front of nearly 16,000 fans.
Determined to avenge their exit from Euro 2017 – where they lost in the quarter-finals to Denmark – Die Nationalelf kicked off this year’s campaign on a flyer and had hit the bar three times in the first 15 minutes before Lina Magull breaks the ball opportunistically. dead end.
Felicitas Rauch fired two shots over the post, while Frauen Bundesliga top scorer Lea Schuller did the same with a diving header from close range, setting the tone for an encounter in which the Germans were a yard taller quick and tactically smarter than their Danish counterparts. .
They are, however, part of the tournament’s toughest group, which includes a particularly impressive Spanish side, who themselves convinced the 4-1 winners against Finland after netting a hat-trick from the header and a penalty in the kick-off. dispatch of the day.
The Danes, runners-up at the last European Championships, looked in good form in the early stages, having played three warm-up matches to prepare for this summer’s tournament – beating Austria and Brazil before narrowly losing to Turkey. Norway.
But their competitiveness waned as the legs wore out, paving the way for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side to demonstrate why they are the most decorated women’s side in European history – the victory also celebrated their 500th outing in an official match.
Suggestions that Germany is no longer entirely invincible have sometimes been ratified, despite the high score. Merle Frohms was challenged by Signe Bruun with a ferocious long shot in the first half – one of two shots on target – while Chelsea’s Pernille Harder found pockets of space to exploit throughout.
Buoyed by a legacy of European success, Germany’s intent was clear from the minute Magull struck an emphatic opener, with the result somewhat a foregone conclusion from then on. Scorer-turned-provider Magull delivered a perfect corner to Schuller to overtake a helpless Lene Christensen in the 57th minute as Denmark were unable to keep pace with the Germans’ athleticism.
VAR denied captain Huth a goal of his own 15 minutes before full time, before substitute Lena Lattwein struck home from six yards as Lars Sondergaard’s side failed to clear their lines a free kick.
Alexandra Popp completed the best move of the night with a diving header in the 86th minute to cap a ruthless second-half display from the Germans, who further strengthened their case as potential favorites for continental silverware this summer.
Denmark ended a dismal performance with a last-minute sending off as 19-year-old Katherine Moller Kuhl was dismissed for a second bookable offense after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Germany and Denmark are back in action on Tuesday. Germany will face Spain at Brentford Community Stadium (kick-off 8pm), while Denmark will face Finland at Stadium MK.
Group B will conclude on Saturday July 16, with Germany taking on Finland in Milton Keynes. Denmark will face Spain at Brentford Community Stadium with both games kicking off at 8pm.
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Euro 2022: The groups…
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Euro 2022: The schedule…
Wednesday July 6
Group A: England 1-0 Austria
Thursday July 7
Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland
Friday July 8
Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland
Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s
Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
tuesday july 12
Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
friday july 15
Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s
Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland v Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland v Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Monday July 18
Group D: Iceland vs France – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley