Germany 4-0 Denmark: Powerful Germans make flying start at Euro 2022

8 July 2022 0 By Total Football News

Eight-time European champions Germany got their Euro 2022 campaign off to a flying start by hammering Euro 2017 runners-up Denmark at a sold-out Brentford Community Stadium.

Goals from Bayern Munich team-mates Lina Magull and Lea Schuller put the Germans on course for victory in the first heavyweight showdown of the tournament.

Felicitas Rauch twice struck the bar in the space of three first-half minutes for Germany before the lively Magull fired past keeper Lene Christensen for her 20th international goal.

Schuller headed the second from a corner and Wolfsburg's Lena Lattwein made it 3-0. Germany added a fourth through substitute Alexandra Popp.

On a disastrous night for Denmark, they finished with 10 players after substitute Kathrine Kuhl was sent off for a second yellow card in the dying moments.

With Group B rivals Spain defeating Finland 4-1 earlier on Friday, Germany moved into top spot before their match with La Roja next Tuesday.

It was a statement win by Germany who would have won by a more handsome margin but for Christensen.

Magull might have had a hat-trick but the Denmark keeper made a string of fine saves to keep her side in the game before Germany struck three times in the second half.

"We played an outstanding game," said Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. "We were incredibly dominant and aggressive."

Lena Lattwein scores Germany's third goal against Denmark at Euro 2022Germany scored four or more goals in a match at a European Women's Championship for the ninth time

Powerful Germany flex their muscles

The days when Germany won this tournament as a matter of course are over. They are the most successful country in the competition's history, winning it eight times, including six in a row between 1995 and 2013.

They were knocked out at the quarter-final stage in 2017 by Denmark, but five years on they ruthlessly turned the tables on the Danes in west London.

Germany started like a team that meant business as Wolfsburg's Rauch twice hit the bar before Magull was denied by a fabulous save.

But there was nothing Christensen could do when Magull stole the ball off Stine Ballisager Pedersen and powered into the penalty area to score the 12th goal of this tournament.

Christensen's save from Magull on the stroke of half-time was crucial, but the fourth game of Euro 2022 was decided when Schuller pounced from a corner moments after Denmark had made a triple change.

Denmark capitulated as Lattwein and then Popp, who made her Germany debut in 2010, ensured the most successful country in the history of the European Women's Championship got off to a fine start.

Germany and Spain both have three points after one game

Denmark fighting to stay in Euro 2022

Denmark came into the tournament with lots of self-belief, but besides Chelsea star Pernille Harder there are not many players who can make an impact on their own.

A sea of red shirts filled Brentford Community Stadium to cheer on the 2017 finalists, but the Danes struggled to carve out chances, with Harder - one of the best players in the world - unable to test Germany keeper Merle Frohms.

Signe Bruun, who played on loan at Manchester United last season, went closest to equalising but was thwarted by Frohms' flying save.

Trailing 1-0, Denmark made a triple change early in the second half in an attempt to haul themselves back into the match.

Forward Nadia Nadim, who fled to Denmark from her home country Afghanistan with her mother and four sisters after her father was killed by the Taliban, was among those sent on.

But within moments Denmark, whose players wore black armbands in tribute to the victims of last week's shooting in a Copenhagen shopping centre, were 2-0 down after Christensen was crowded out at a corner.

Their night went from bad to worse as they conceded another two before teenager Kuhl was sent off.

With Germany and Spain starting with big wins, Denmark now face a battle to reach the quarter-finals.

Their next game is against Finland at Milton Keynes next Tuesday, a match they have to win to give themselves a chance of advancing.

Player of the match

MagullLina Magull

with an average of 8.62

Germany

  1. Squad number20Player nameMagull

    Average rating

    8.62

  2. Squad number11Player namePopp

    Average rating

    8.55

  3. Squad number8Player nameLohmann

    Average rating

    8.50

  4. Squad number4Player nameLattwein

    Average rating

    8.50

  5. Squad number22Player nameBrand

    Average rating

    8.09

  6. Squad number7Player nameSchüller

    Average rating

    8.00

  7. Squad number13Player nameDäbritz

    Average rating

    7.94

  8. Squad number17Player nameRauch

    Average rating

    7.88

  9. Squad number16Player nameDallmann

    Average rating

    7.80

  10. Squad number15Player nameGwinn

    Average rating

    7.53

  11. Squad number9Player nameHuth

    Average rating

    7.52

  12. Squad number6Player nameOberdorf

    Average rating

    7.47

  13. Squad number1Player nameFrohms

    Average rating

    7.30

  14. Squad number3Player nameHendrich

    Average rating

    7.27

  15. Squad number5Player nameHegering

    Average rating

    7.00

  16. Squad number19Player nameBühl

    Average rating

    5.74

Denmark

  1. Squad number1Player nameChristensen

    Average rating

    6.62

  2. Squad number10Player nameHarder

    Average rating

    6.18

  3. Squad number9Player nameNadim

    Average rating

    6.00

  4. Squad number20Player nameBruun

    Average rating

    5.58

  5. Squad number17Player nameMadsen

    Average rating

    5.50

  6. Squad number4Player nameSevecke

    Average rating

    5.25

  7. Squad number5Player nameBoye

    Average rating

    4.83

  8. Squad number21Player nameGejl Jensen

    Average rating

    4.80

  9. Squad number13Player nameJunge

    Average rating

    4.63

  10. Squad number3Player namePedersen

    Average rating

    4.57

  11. Squad number7Player nameTroelsgaard

    Average rating

    4.57

  12. Squad number19Player nameThomsen

    Average rating

    4.57

  13. Squad number11Player nameVeje

    Average rating

    4.57

  14. Squad number23Player nameSvava

    Average rating

    4.43

  15. Squad number12Player nameLarsen

    Average rating

    4.33

  16. Squad number15Player nameMøller Kühl

    Average rating

    4.09

Line-ups

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Frohms
  • 15Gwinn
  • 3Hendrich
  • 5HegeringBooked at 90mins
  • 17RauchBooked at 73mins
  • 6OberdorfBooked at 40minsSubstituted forLohmannat 84'minutes
  • 13DäbritzSubstituted forLattweinat 61'minutes
  • 20MagullSubstituted forDallmannat 69'minutes
  • 9Huth
  • 7SchüllerSubstituted forPoppat 61'minutes
  • 19BühlSubstituted forBrandat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kleinherne
  • 4Lattwein
  • 8Lohmann
  • 10Freigang
  • 11Popp
  • 12Schult
  • 14Anyomi
  • 16Dallmann
  • 18Waßmuth
  • 21Berger
  • 22Brand
  • 23Doorsoun

Denmark

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Christensen
  • 4Sevecke
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11Veje
  • 19ThomsenSubstituted forLarsenat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7TroelsgaardSubstituted forMøller Kühlat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Junge
  • 23SvavaSubstituted forBoyeat 70'minutes
  • 10Harder
  • 20BruunSubstituted forNadimat 56'minutes
  • 17MadsenSubstituted forGejl Jensenat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thrige
  • 5Boye
  • 6Holmgaard
  • 8Holmgaard
  • 9Nadim
  • 12Larsen
  • 14Bredgaard
  • 15Møller Kühl
  • 16Svane
  • 18Gewitz
  • 21Gejl Jensen
  • 22Worsøe
Referee:
Esther Staubli
Attendance:
15,746

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 4, Denmark Women 0.

Second Half ends, Germany 4, Denmark Women 0.


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