By Connor Wagner
Germany’s hopes of winning a record ninth European Championship has got off to an empathic start as they beat Denmark 4-0 in their Group B opener at Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.
Germany started fast, with chance after chance in the opening 15 minutes, rattling the woodwork 3 times. Lene Christensen was equal to all of Germany’s chances, although the breakthrough was soon expected.
The breakthrough was finally made in the 21st minute of the game, when Magull was able to press Danish defender Stine Pedersen into an unforced error and went on to calmly slot home past Christensen.
Christensen was the star women for Denmark in the opening half, but could do nothing for the second goal, as a corner for Germany was met by Schuller who converted Magull’s cross and scored Germany’s second of the game.
Germany continued to apply pressure on Denmark, who became less threatening as time went on, and went on to concede a third in the 78th minute. Substitute Lattwein was able to slot home a beautiful effort after being set-up by midfielder Lena Oberdorf.
Alexandra Popp was the final player to seal the victory for the Germans, after she converted her chance in the 86th minute. Lohmann’s long cross to the back post was met by the substitute to head in at the far post. Her first in the European Championships.
The night would get worse for Denmark, as Kuhl received her second bookable offence for getting caught on the wrong side of Popp and shoved her to the ground.
Full time and a sobering night for the Danes. Only the second time that Denmark have lost in the Euros by four or more goals.
As for Germany, they top the group on three points with Spain who beat Finland 4-1 earlier. Denmark will take on Finland on Tuesday, while Germany play Spain later that day.