Germany beat Denmark to kick off Euro campaign

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LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Germany’s bid to win a record-breaking ninth European Championship got off to a flying start by beating Denmark 4-0 in their Group B opener on Friday.

An early strike from Lina Magull and second-half goals from Lea Schuller, Lena Lattwein and Alexandra Popp at the Brentford Community Stadium saw Germany maintain their record of never losing a Euro opener.

It was sweet revenge for the Germans who lost 2-1 to Denmark in the quarter-finals of the previous tournament in 2017. The Danes finished runners-up that year but couldn’t cope with a creeping Germany this time. .

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Germany rocked the woodwork three times in the first 15 minutes but finally made the breakthrough in the 21st when Magull charged in at defender Stine Pedersen and won the ball to pass through on goal and past goalkeeper Lene Christiansen.

Martina Voss Tecklenburg’s side could have extended their lead before half-time but were thwarted by Christiansen or his own debauchery.

Christiansen did well to deny Magull early in the second half when she tipped a long-range effort from midfield. However, from the resulting corner Schuller rose the taller to meet Magull’s cross and header into Germany’s second goal.

Denmark barely threatened and conceded a third in the 78th minute when substitute Lattwein fired in a knockdown from midfielder Lena Oberdorf.

Another substitute, Popp, who missed the 2017 tournament through injury, ended the scoring with her 54th goal for her country, while Denmark had 19-year-old Kathrine Moller Kuhl sent off just at the end for a second reservation.

“We played an outstanding game. We were there straight away and created a lot of scoring chances that we didn’t really take advantage of in the first half. We were incredibly dominant and aggressive. It was a great effort from team on behalf of everyone involved,” said Voss Tecklenburg.

Many of the 15,746 spectators in attendance were Danish supporters who made their voices heard throughout, but coach Lars Sondergaard was disappointed his side could not do the support justice.

“The support was fantastic and the setting was crazy – even after the game. What disappoints us the most is that we couldn’t do better, and hopefully we can do that in the last two games. of the group,” he said. said.

Germany top the group with three points with Spain beating Finland 4-1 earlier. Denmark next take on Finland on Tuesday, while Germany take on Spain later in the day.

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Reporting by Christian Radnedge Editing by Toby Davis

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