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FINAL! Germany 4 - 0 Denmark: initial reactions and observations

Bayern stars shine again as the Germans avenge their 2017 quarterfinals knockout with a statement win.

Three German national team players get off the bus arriving to the Denmark game
Showtime for Lena Oberdorf, Linda Dallman, Giulia Gwinn & the rest of the German national team
Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images

Initial reactions and observations: Germany 4 - 0 Denmark

  • A thorough demonstration of teamwork and togetherness from the DFB Frauen, who could have easily made this score much more lopsided.
  • Denmark did have flair to flash, but could barely play out of their own box at times. Germany’s press and energy were relentless, and they fought through sluggish periods (scoreboard-wise) to get their just rewards in the end. Tenacious, suffocating, on the whole impressive.
  • Denmark are not by any means a bottom-tier side in this tournament, either, which makes this all the more emphatic an opening statement.
  • If there’s any blemish here, it’ll be the three yellows picked up by Germany’s defensive players. They’ll want to tidy up the couple of loose moments that led to Denmark chances needlessly, as well — if we’re to nitpick.
  • Spain are another serious title contender in this group and notched an impressive 4-1 win. Now the Germans have done them one better. Tuesday’s tilt between these two nations will be a can’t miss showdown.
  • Bayern Munich’s Lina Magull was a completely deserving player of the match. After getting into some fantastic positions early, she buried the first goal of the game with some relish!

Second half kicks off!

And we’re underway. Let’s see if Germany can add a few more and match Spain’s goal differential in Group B.

61’ - We’ve got two Bayern goals now, Lea Schüller joining in on the fun off a corner! And now the first three German substitutions: Schüller, Däbritz, Bühl off; Alexandra Popp, Lena Lattwein, Jule Brand on.

Halftime thoughts: 1-0 Germany

Germany lead by a goal at the break but should be up by far more. They’ve dominated the game, particularly down the flanks, but are letting Denmark hang around just a little bit. An excellent save from Merle Frohms near the half-hour mark has preserved the German advantage.

Unfortunately, defensive midfielder Lena Oberdorf has picked up the game’s only yellow.

Lineups are out!

Bayern Munich’s Giulia Gwinn, Lina Magull, Klara Bühl, and Lea Schüller all start for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s 4-3-3! It looks like Denmark will roll out in a 3-4-3 to counter.

Germany vs Denmark: Group B kicks off

The 2022 European Championships are kicking off for Germany today. The perennial European champions are eager to reclaim their throne, but the first test in Group B will come against Denmark — who knocked Germany out in the quarterfinals of the last tournament to interrupt a long streak.

That was in 2017, though, and much has changed.

Elsewhere in the group, Spain thrashed Finland 4-1 to put the spotlight on Germany in this heavyweight matchup in what may just be this year’s Group of Death.

Match Info

Location: England

Time: 3pm EST, 8pm local time

TV/streaming: ESPN/ESPN2 (USA), BBC (UK); find your options at livesoccertv

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