Germany 2 – 0 Denmark

Germany reached their first quarter-finals in four attempts at a major tournament as goals from Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala secured a 2-0 victory over Denmark in a storm-delayed encounter in Dortmund.

On the eve of the Saturday night encounter at Signal Iduna Park, meteorologists had warned that inclement weather conditions in the Ruhr region could disrupt proceedings – and referee Michael Oliver was forced to suspend play for 20 minutes during the first half as a precaution.

By then, Germany had seen Nico Schlotterbeck’s header ruled out after Andreas Skov Olsen was blocked by Joshua Kimmich.

Rasmus Hojlund was guilty of missing two good chances late in the first half, but the game’s big flashpoint centred on Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen in a matter of minutes.

The players were taken off during the first half due to thunderstorms over the stadium
The players were taken off during the first half due to thunderstorms over the stadium

Team news

  • Schlotterbeck came in for the suspended Tah in the expected change at centre-back, but Nagelsmann also brought in Raum and Sane to replace Mittelstadt and Wirtz.
  • Kasper Hjulmand mixed it up, abandoning his trusted 3-5-2 formation in favour of a 3-4-3. Delaney came into midfield for the suspended Morten Hjulmand, while Skov Olsen replaced Wind in attack.

First, the centre-back thought he had scored the first goal for his country when he swivelled and found the bottom corner but Thomas Delaney was deemed to have been fractionally offside in the build-up.

As Germany celebrated their reprieve, VAR Stuart Atwell spotted a handball from Andersen moments later in blocking David Raum’s cross. It seemed harsh given the proximity of Andersen to the cross, but Havertz stayed composed to beat Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards.

There was nothing controversial about Germany’s second, however, which killed the contest as Schlotterbeck picked out the run of Musiala, who breezed away from Andersen to fire across Schmeichel and set up a quarter-final against either Spain or Georgia.

Kai Havertz's penalty put Germany ahead in Dortmund
Kai Havertz’s penalty put Germany ahead in Dortmund

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