Monday, July 15, 2024

Germany eye quarters spot as they take on Denmark


Share post:


Dortmund, June 28: Germany takes on Denmark in the round of 16 at Euro 2024 on Saturday. Germany will have to make changes in defense for the game as it tries to carry the host-nation buzz deeper into the knockout stages.
This is the only game in the round of 16 that features two unbeaten teams. Germany finished top of Group A with wins over Scotland and Hungary and a draw with Switzerland. Denmark drew all of its games against Slovenia, England and Serbia.
Germany was eliminated by eventual runner-up England in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 and hasn’t won a knockout game at a major tournament since Euro 2016.
Denmark went all the way to the semifinals at Euro 2020 before losing to England, its biggest success since winning the European title in 1992.Three games into its Euro 2024 campaign, the German team hasn’t yet ignited quite the same kind of patriotic fervor that it had at the 2006 World Cup. Flags have been popping up across the country and crowds in the stadiums are vocal, though, so a win over Denmark for a quarterfinal spot could build momentum.
Germany will have to rethink the center of defense following a one-game suspension for Jonathan Tah and a hamstring injury for Antonio Rüdiger. Nico Schlotterbeck is set to replace Tah, while Waldemar Anton could make his first Euro 2024 appearance if Rüdiger can’t play.
Danish midfielder Morten Hjulmand – no relation to coach Kasper Hjulmand – is suspended after picking up two yellow cards. Thomas Delaney could replace him.
With six days between its last group game and the clash with Denmark, Germany had the benefit of extra rest. Coach Julian Nagelsmann gave his players a day off with their families Tuesday. Denmark was playing that day and had two days fewer to rest.Kai Havertz is on course to make his 50th appearance for Germany. He has started all of Germany’s games so far at Euro 2024. Teammate Joshua Kimmich can play his 90th international game.
Striker Niclas Füllkrug has scored 13 goals in 19 games for Germany and, being a Borussia Dortmund player, should get an especially warm reception from the Dortmund crowd.
Denmark hasn’t beaten Germany since 2007, but three of their last four games have been draws. The most recent was 1-1 in a Euro 2020 warmup.
What they’re saying- “I think the stadium is something very special because it’s simply the biggest in Germany, the most atmospheric in Germany. … We have triggered a little euphoria in Germany and are now trying to spread it. And I think if we play a good game, then all the fans will be happy and can cheer us on,” said Germany defender Nico Schlotterbeck, who plays his club soccer in Dortmund. (AP)


Related articles

Vehicles carrying fruit & vegetable to get priority on Srinagar-Jammu highway

Srinagar, July 15: The J&K administration on Monday said adequate priority will be given to vehicles carrying fruits...

Adani Group to provide 11 lakh saplings to MP as part of sustainable future goal

Ahmedabad, July 15:The Adani Group on Monday said it has joined hands with the Madhya Pradesh government to...

Harbhajan Singh issues public apology for celebration video after Legends league final

New Delhi, July 16: Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh issued a public apology after facing backlash from disability...

Delhi court extends Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody till July 22

New Delhi, July 15: A Delhi court on Monday extended the judicial custody of AAP leader and former...