Den­mark stun Germany in women’s Euro quar­ters

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Sec­ond-half head­ers by Na­dia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned hold­ers Germany who bow out of the women’s Euro af­ter a 2-1 quar­ter-fi­nals loss to Den­mark in Rot­ter­dam yes­ter­day.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times over­all, dom­i­nated the event­ful game post­poned from Satur­day be­cause of heavy rain, but Den­mark’s coun­ter­at­tack­ing was even­tu­ally too much for them. Germany were out of the blocks fast with Is­abel Ker­schowski draw­ing first blood on three min­utes with mas­sive help from Dan­ish keeper Stina Petersen who palmed her shot from just out­side the box into the goal.

But Nadim put Den­mark level three min­utes af­ter the break with a bul­let header from a cross by Stine Larsen and Nielsen then headed home a cross from sub­sti­tute Fred­erikke Thoegersen with seven min­utes left.

“I’m so happy that we beat Germany. It’s amaz­ing,” Nielsen beamed af­ter the game. “Every­body dreams about scor­ing, but do­ing it is another thing. Why not to­day? It’s a good day.” Den­mark coach Nils Nielsen said the win was de­served as winger Ka­trine Veje hit the wood­work af­ter a Nadim pass flicked on by Harder with half an hour to go, while Petersen re­gained self-con­fi­dence with sev­eral bril­liant saves.

“It was fairly equal in term of the chances. Germany didn’t put on un­der big pres­sure.” Ger­man coach St­effi Jones be­moaned a lack of will to win on the Ger­man side. “There’s a lot of dis­ap­point­ment. We weren’t ag­gres­sive enough,” she said. In the semi-fi­nal on Au­gust 3, Den­mark will take on ei­ther Aus­tria or Spain, who are play­ing later. On the same day, the Nether­lands, who beat Swe­den 2-0 on Satur­day, will face ei­ther Eng­land or France, also play­ing later.

Mean­while, a con­fi­dent Eng­land will seek to ex­tend their per­fect record at the women’s Euro against France while Spain will take on new­com­ers Aus­tria on the sec­ond day of quar­ter-fi­nals late night. “We go into the game on a great run of form,” said Eng­land coach Mark Samp­son, whose side thrashed Scot­land 6-0, sank Spain 2-0 in a rain-drenched game, and edged Por­tu­gal 21 with a re­serve team in the group phase.

“We feel we can find so­lu­tions to make the out­come an Eng­land win,” added the 34-year-old Welsh­man who took over in 2013. “If you look at the teams left in this tour­na­ment, it’s only France we haven’t beaten in the last three and a half years. I have ev­ery con­fi­dence Eng­land are ca­pa­ble of get­ting to another big semi-fi­nal.”

France beat Ice­land and drew with Aus­tria and Switzer­land to ad­vance from the sec­ond spot be­hind tour­na­ment sur­prise Aus­tria. In the quar­ter­fi­nal in Deven­ter, they will miss cap­tain Wendie Re­nard, who has picked up two yel­low cards. — AFP

ROT­TER­DAM: Germany’s de­fender Ba­bett Peter vies with Den­mark’s for­ward and cap­tain Pernille Harder dur­ing the quar­ter-fi­nal UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 foot­ball match be­tween Germany and Den­mark at Sta­dium Sparta Rot­ter­dam in Rot­ter­dam yes­ter­day. — AFP

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